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Dogs can get red, irritated skin patches. Sometimes they ooze, flake and/or itch. These “hot spots” are not that uncommon. As the weather turns warmer and wetter they may even become more common.
Here’s what hot spots on dogs really are, and how you might treat and even prevent them.
Read on. Your pooch will thank you.
The veterinary medical term for a hot spot is acute moist dermatitis, basically inflamed red skin or lesions (raised bumps). If not treated, they can rapidly get worse. The irritation causes fur babies to lick and scratch at the area, making the skin get infected, the irritated area to spread, or even scratching themselves to the point of bleeding.
If you see a hot spot on your dog, it’s important to treat it quickly to prevent worsening infection.
Where hot spots occur and how they occur has a great deal to do with the cause.
Some breeds are more prone to irritated skin, such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. Dogs with thicker fur may get more hot spots. But the cause of the hot spot itself mostly likely comes from:
Obviously, with such a diverse list, it might be difficult to identify what causes your dog to get hot spots. So next we’ll take a look at how to treat them.
The first step in the treatment of hot spots on dogs is to visit your veterinarian. Especially if the hot spot has gotten puffy, red, oozing or otherwise infected-looking, you want to have a vet check it out. You may need to give your dog a topical antibiotic or other medicine.
Whatever you do, do not give your dog medicines designed for people! Even something topical, like Neosporin, which may contain ingredients that can be toxic for dogs.
In general, treatment for hot spots will include:
In general, hot spots will not be wrapped or covered when healing, because dampness can make them worse. So, you will need to take steps to ensure they stay clean while healing.
Hot spots can often be prevented!
The key is to identify the cause of the hot spots, so that you can specifically address that issue. For example, if your dog gets bored or anxious, that includes a different solution than a food allergy (which requires a change of food).
Keeping your dog’s hair well groomed, your fur baby healthy, and meeting their medical needs (such as treating an ear infection) can go a long way toward preventing hot spots or other skin infections.
Even when we only want the best for our fur babies, they might be prone to sensitive skin or skin infections. This doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong as a pet parent! Sometimes our pets just need specialized care to stay their best, most healthy selves.
Fortunately, at Bad Dog CBD we know fur babies. We specialize in the best, most effective ingredients to keep our pets healthy and happy.
When it comes to problem-prone skin, we have two special treatments:
Try these or one of our other CBD for dogs products and see if you can help keep those hot spots away!