While camping with his family, his normal grooming routine went out the window. His curly hair became matted from romping in the woods, wet from swimming in the lake, and his hair remained damp and unkempt for a few days. Now he has developed a painful sore under his tangled hair — a hot spot!
A hot spot happens when bacteria present on your dog's skin overpopulates, often due to the area becoming soiled and damp. Medical conditions and allergies also predispose dogs to developing hot spots, which can appear quite suddenly. To allow effective treatment of the hot spot, provide relief to your dog, and keep the hot spot from becoming a serious skin infection, you'll need to clean the area. Here's how.
Hot spots are inflamed, irritated patches of skin that appear on your dog. They may produce an oozing discharge and a foul smell. They often occur in areas of friction, such as under fur mats or armpits, or under collars. Dogs with thick coats are particularly likely to get hot spots, which are painful and itchy.
Your dog will appreciate being relieved of a painful hotspot provided by cleaning and treatment. But if your does not understand what you're doing interfering with their sore, they may not be entirely cooperative with the process.
If your dog hates bath time, why not let an experienced groomer do the hard work for you? Book a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you today.
Hot spots are painful and smelly, and they need to be cleaned and treated as soon as possible to stop them leading to more serious infections for your dog.
If your dog develops a painful hot spot, try to determine the cause and address it. Soiled, damp skin and matted fur are some of the most common causes, but several medical conditions can also contribute.
Remove hair from the area and clean away discharge from the hot spot. Topical antibacterial and anti-inflammatory medications or natural products can relieve and resolve the hot spot, but make sure you monitor your dog carefully in case veterinary assistance is required.
And if you need help bathing a dog with a hot spot, book a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you on the Wag! app.
What can I do for her to stop chewing making spots like this? She’s down this recently and has a few spots that’s healed.
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