A video and guide to diagnosing and treating Hot Spots on dogs
In this article we give a free video on Dog Hot Spots and a thorough written description of what they are and how to treat theme - We all know how important our pets our to us, and dogs especially, so it’s good that you know what to look out for in terms of skin irritation for them, and some things that they run into occasionally are areas called dog hot spots, which will be described in detail in the summary below. You can click on this link to read our guide to other Dog Skin Allergies.
A Veterinarian presents a video guide to Dog Hot Spots
A written guide to diagnosing and treating Hot Spots on your Dog
Officially, these hot spots are areas that have become infected, and then the pus from the infection gets caught in the dog’s fur, which makes the problem get worse. Compulsive licking can make the issues spread quite rapidly, so once you see the first signs, you should be sure to do whatever you can to stop them quickly.
As far as what caused the initial irritation, there are several possibilities. It could have been an environmental or physical skin condition, or it could be something like parasites, bacteria, fungi, or potentially a virus. All of these things can cause a dog to itch initially, and from there it can all go down hill quickly, as when a dog wants to itch, it itches!
Another thing that might cause an outbreak is some sort of allergy that you dog might have. Just like humans, dogs react to allergens and they get the same types of hives and red bumps that we do, but they can’t do anything about it, so they scratch to make it feel better. Food can also sometimes cause allergic breakouts.
Another major source of initial skin irritation is any sort of bite by a flea or a tick. You dog can pick these up just about anywhere, including from other animals, wandering around a new hours or apartment, or heading off exploring into the woods or through any type of farmland or extremely natural area.
Excessive hair loss or shedding can be an indication that something else is wrong with your dog, and often occurs when hot spots or symptoms of other ailments are present at around the same time, so it’s always good to stay aware of things like your dog’s general health as well, and know the signs of discomfort.
Treatment for hot spots
Treatment is usually with creams or ointments to treat the skin, antibiotics to fight the infection, and shaving the hair around the spot to allow for the area to breathe and heal, rather than be under a coat of fur.
So if you think your dog has hot spots, check on the internet to see if the symptoms are right, then take it to the vet and find out what the best remedies are so you and you pet can get back to having fun!
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