Dog Hot Spots: Some Quick Notes
Our pets are very important to us, so we want to make sure that we do everything we can to keep them healthy, which means looking out for things called dog hot spots. Essentially, they are just rashes that have become irritated on the surface of a dog’s skin, and made worse by licking.
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.
Environmental or physical skin conditions could have been the initial culprit, as itching the itch makes it worse, and the origin of the problem could either be contagious or non-contagious. Parasites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses can all be the original source of the skin irritation which leads to the hot spots later, so a quick inspection is all you need to know that something is wrong.
And just like humans, dogs have allergies that can irritate their skin, and that irritation leads to the scratching and biting that causes hot spots. Studies have shown, in fact, that one in every seven dogs may feel extreme discomfort due to allergies, and unlike humans, they would have a tough time communicating that and asking for some cough syrup!
Fleas and ticks can also give your dogs skin the first set of irritation that it requires to start chewing at its skin. Those tiny but pesky critters can hop on your dog from other animals, from being out in nature, or being in living spaces that have them there already, so be aware at all times.
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.
Treatments for hot spots usually come in the order of something like a cream or ointment, potentially something like an antibiotic, or in cases more severe, check with your vet to see if there is something more powerful that will help you pooch get better faster.
So now that you’re a little bit more aware of what dog hot spots are, if this is something that you imagine your dog or a friend’s dog has, you will know a few of the signs and causes, and can get the appropriate medicine to make sure you dog is healthy and happy.