Hot Spots Be Gone! Treating Hot Spots on Your Dog

There can be a number of causes for hot spots on our pets. These can range from fleas, allergies, or even to stressful conditions. Because of this, there are a couple of variables to evaluate and different strategies to address them. 

What is a Hot Spot on a Dog?

Has this scenario happened to you? You look at your dog or cat and notice all of a sudden they have a small area of hair loss, redness, localized inflammation, or even infection. This is a hot spot.

How Long Do Hot Spots Last?

Its not usual for a hot spot to get better quickly and on its own without attention. In fact, sometimes you'll check back later to find it is much worse. Usually this progression continues. This is because your pet is doing this damage to himself by licking, scratching, and biting.  But what is it that is driving them crazy? You need to channel your Sherlock Holmes and use the process of deduction.

Potential Causes of Hot Spots

  • Invading creatures like fleas, mites, insect bites
  • Allergies
    • Food
    • Inhalant
    • Contact with certain substances: pollen, dust
  • Stress
    • Separation-anxiety
    • Change in environment

How to Treat Hot Spots on Your Dogs

1. Address the Hot Spot Area

  • As hot spots are quite painful, for your own protection and your animals comfort be sure to carefully and delicately proceed.
  • Dry out the hot spot by shaving the area and letting it air dry.
  • Cleanse the area with cool water and if possible with a gentle cleanser.
  • Cool compress the area three times a day with a cool, wet washcloth.
  • If needed, put a cone or special “collar” on your animal to keep them from reaching the spot and further aggravating it.

2. Supporting Hot Spot Therapies

  • In severe infections your vet may want to prescribe antibiotics
  • People have reported using tea bag compresses to dry out the wound
  • Use a high Omega-3 fish oil like Celavin™ to reduce inflammation

3. Solve the Original Root Cause of the Hot Spot

  • In the case of invading creatures, use proper “pest control” for your animal
  • In the case of allergies:
    • Food allergies: Remove the offending food. Often pet foods contain grains, byproducts, and fillers that cause problems for pets. Switch to a grain-free food like Nusentia Raw & Grain Free dog food.
    • Inhalant allergies: Think about any new chemicals used in the home or especially around where your animal sleeps.
    • Contact: Do the hot spots come at certain times of the year? Often animals can get pollen or other substances from outside on their coats and this can cause a reaction. Simply, when your animal comes in, take a wet cloth and run it over the fur in a manner that would wipe off substances on the top of the coat.
    • Stress: Pinpoint when it seems to happen. It could be related to separation or changes in their environment, especially living arrangements. Just as in humans, one of the best ways to reduce stress is exercise. Try and get your animal to be active. With dogs, you can take them places and on long walks. With cats make sure they have toys and items/areas that they can explore.

The above approaches should work nicely in helping to alleviate and control hot spots and their cause. Happy pets, happy owners!  


cats dogs fur loss hair loss hot spots missing fur

← Older Post Newer Post →



Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Pet Nutrition

RSS
Tags
acl age aging allergies allergy medicine allergy season animal digest antibiotics anxiety apple cider vinegar arthritis bacteria bad breath bee stings benefits biting bladder breath calm cancer cat cat illness cat vitamins cats chondroitin coat cognitive comparisons constipation crate dehydrated dental depression dermatitis dha diabetes diarrhea diet digestion digestive digestive enzymes digestive remedies dog food dog vitamins dogs dosage dreaming efa enzyme deficiency enzymes epi essential fatty acids exercise exocrine pancreatic insufficiency fatty acids feline fish oil flatulence fleas freeze dried freeze dried dog food fur loss gas gastrointestinal gi gi health glucosamine golden retriever grain free grain free diet grass eating grooming gsd gut gut health hair loss halitosis health hind leg home remedies home renedies horses hot spots IBS immune system incontinence inflammation injury insect bites intestine itchy joints kidney lameness lawn burns leaky gut lifestyle liver damage loose stool malnutrition medicine miracle pack miraclezyme missing fur mood msm mushy poop myths natural remedies nutrition obesity odor omega-3 pancreas pancreatic pancreatitis paw licking pet care pet vitamins pets picky eater popular prednisone probiotics product comparison puppy raw raw dog food remedy rjx routine sbo season seasonal senior dog shedding shy dog sick skin and coat socializing stool eating strength stress supplementation supplements symptoms systemic enzymes tear stains teeth tendons timid dog tips training tylosin tzl uri urine stains uti vitamin depletion vitamins wellness yeast yogurt