What can you do for a dog with severe hot spots?
Treatment of hot spots typically involves some combination of the following:
- Clipping the hair around the area to prevent matting.
- Cleaning the affected area with gentle antiseptic solutions such as chlorhexidine.
- Prescribing topical or oral antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections.
Why does my dog have hotspots?
What causes a hot spot? Hot spots are usually caused by self-trauma when a dog scratches an itchy spot so vigorously that he creates an open wound. Dogs scratch for many reasons but regardless of the cause, hot spots are bothersome.
What should I do if my dog has a hot spot?
Common topical treatments used on pets include sprays, creams and ointments that kill bacteria and help reduce inflammation. Additionally, oral antibiotics are usually prescribed for a course of three to four weeks. In some cases, they may be prescribed for a longer period of time.
What does a hot spot on a dog look like?
The affected skin often appears as a moist, oozing, reddened area that is painful and very itchy to the dog. Dogs with hot spots may also suffer from hair loss in the infected area. Unlike insect bites, hot spots on dogs continue to spread over time.
What causes hot spots on long hair dogs?
While hot spots can affect any dog, they are especially common in long-hair dog breeds. Additionally, hot and humid weather may cause hot spots to occur, as will excess moisture in the coat caused by swimming or bathing. Because hot spots commonly occur in the summer, they are often referred to as “summer sores” in dogs.
Why does my dog have a hot spot on his ear?
There are many reasons dogs can be affected by hot spots, including a flea-bite allergy, general skin allergies, bites from other parasites, chemical irritant, skin infection, ear and anal gland infections, and neglected grooming.
How to get rid of hot spots on dogs?
Natural Hot Spot Remedies. 1 Apple Cider Vinegar. Many pet owners have seen great results with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Simply dilute the ACV with an equal volume of warm water 2 Antibacterial Soap. 3 Oatmeal Baths. 4 Tea Tree Oil. 5 Witch Hazel.
What does a hot spot on a dog mean?
Dog hot spots are areas of infected, inflamed skin that are very uncomfortable for your dog. Often these spots get moist or itchy and can even ooze. Your dog will likely be tempted to lick or chew the area of discomfort, but doing so only makes those hot spots worse.
How can I Stop my Dog from licking a hotspot?
An easy and highly effective solution is simply applying an Elizabethan collar to your dog. The collar will prevent your dog from reaching (and therefore not licking or biting) the affected area. This will allow the hotspots to heal faster as they will not be further irritated by the constant contact.