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Hot Spots on Dogs and How To Treat Them

Hot Spots on Dogs and How To Treat Them

Now that the summer is here bringing in warmer and more humid weather, one of the more common skin conditions affecting dogs are Hot Spots.

Hot Spots are often painful, irritating and itchy sores which cause discomfort to our companions. They can appear out of nowhere and can spread quickly. over the dogs body.

What Are Hot Spots on a Dog?

Hot Spots are also known as acute moist dermatitis, Summer Sores, and wet eczema, they are localised areas of skin inflammation and bacterial infection. They commonly begin as a small area that can be mistaken for an insect bite, however they can rapidly worsen and spread, developing into a very uncomfortable a painful wound.

What Commonly Causes Hot Spots?

A Hot Spot is often worsened through a combination of excessive scratching, licking and gnawing at the affected area on the animal. The resulting trauma to the skin results in inflammation and further bacterial infections, and sadly the continual disturbance can worsen the wound and add to increased stress in the dog.

The following list is not exclusive, but highlights many of the more common causes of an itching and scratching cycle, which can be caused by Hot Spots on a dog.

Parasitic pests, Flea allergy, Food allergies, Skin infections, Contact irritants, Environmental contaminants, A dirty or matted coat, Excessive moisture trapped in the coat from bathing or swimming.

In the case of some breeds those with thicker and longer coats have a predisposition to Hot Spots. In periods of warmer weather and higher humidity, (more commonly the summer months) the excess moisture held against the skin by their coats can result in Hot Spots.

How To Help Treat Hot Spots on Dogs

With our German Shepherd she had a very irritable Hot Spot on her back. She would often bite at the location, and was clearly unimpressed with it being there. It was obviously frustrating her, and us in turn to see her obviously not her happy self.

To assist in disinfecting and healing the area where the Hot Spot was, the Paw Protect protective spray was applied directly to the affected area, once daily for approx 4 days. The area was given a healthy amount of spray so as to saturate the skin and fur.

The images below chronicle the improvement of the condition over a week. All animals are different, but in the case of our beloved it worked well; we can only promote the effectiveness of something we know to be true.

Hot Spot initially, after the first application of Paw Protect protective spray
After a day or so the Paw Protect protective spray can be seen helping to heal the skin and ‘remove’ the Hot Spot
After approx 7 days the Hot Spot in this instance had healed, no more frustration and irritation.
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