Does your dog seem to be prone to hot spots? Not only can hot spots be extremely painful for your dog, but they can recur again and again and can be highly frustrating to deal with. The scientific term for hot spots is acute moist dermatitis and, while the condition itself is not considered to be serious, the red, oozing, lesions can certainly cause your dog significant discomfort.
As a dog owner, it falls on you to take the necessary steps to prevent your dog from getting hot spots in the first place. One thing to keep in mind is that there is typically an underlying cause of the hot spots that must be discovered and treated before your dog can be hot spot-free. This can be quite challenging.as there are many reasons why your dog might come down with a case of hotspots.
Causes and Prevention of Hot Spots in Dogs
The best possible way to prevent hot spots is to take the necessary steps to keep your dog's skin as healthy and parasite-free as possible. This means keeping his skin completely free of fleas and ticks as well as making any necessary adjustments to his diet to accommodate for any dietary allergies. Hot spots can appear very quickly, as if by magic overnight. They are most common in dogs with thick heavy coats, those with moist and/or dirty skin, and those with a range of allergies, including to fleas.
The secret to keeping your dog free of hot spots is discovering their root cause and then taking steps to prevent your dog from encountering those things that lead to them in the first place.
Flea bites are considered one of the leading causes of hot spots in dogs. The more your dog scratches at the bites, the more irritated and inflamed the skin will become. In time, the area will become a red, oozing hot spot that can be painful, especially if your dog is allergic to fleas. Talk to your vet about the situation and ask him what forms of treatment can help control the fleas and their bites. Not only will this help get rid of the hot spots, it will help get rid of the fleas.
At the same time, you will need to wash all of your pup’s bedding and toys, vacuum every inch of carpet, and you may have to treat your home to kill any living fleas, their larvae, and their eggs. Not only will you keep your dog free of hot spots, you will be keeping your home free of fleas.
Grooming Your Dog
Grooming your dog on a regular basis can also help to minimize the chances of your dog developing hot spots. This can help remove fleas in all of their stages and excess dirt that can cause irritated spots on his skin.
During the hot summer months, you may find it a good idea to trim your dog's hair, especially if he happens to love going for a swim. However, if your dog is prone to hot spots, most vets recommend you keep him away from water.
Although even the most active of dogs are prone to hot spots, those who are stressed or bored are far more likely to scratch at their hot spots, further irritating them and making them worse.
Keeping your dog active with daily walks runs, and playtime can help to tire him out to the point where is less likely to scratch at the hot spots, allowing them to heal relatively quickly.
Making sure your dog stays active has another major advantage: it will keep both of your busy and in turn, healthier and happier.
Importance of Preventing Hot Spots
There are many benefits for both you and your dog to keeping him free of hot spots. In the short-term, keeping your dog hot spot-free will relieve him of the constant itching and pain associated with this skin condition.
In the long run, you won't have to worry about more serious problems such as fungal or bacterial infections. Which, of course, means fewer trips to see the vet and fewer expensive vet bills.
The most important benefits are a dog that no longer feels the need to scratch himself incessantly, which is going to make both of you feel much happier.
Prevent More than Just Hot Spots
Hot spots seem to be quite common in dogs, especially those with long hair or thick coats. They can lead to bacterial and fungal infections and more serious medical conditions. The good news is that with a little effort on your part, you can prevent most of them from occurring. On top of this, since fleas are a significant cause of hot spots, by taking the steps needed to keep your dog from becoming infested with fleas, you can keep both your dog and your home free of these tiny little pests. Net result: a much healthier and happier dog who no longer feels the need to try and scratch his skin raw.