Have you ever seen your dog itching and scratching over and over in the same place? Are there strange bald and/or red areas all over his skin and fur? Most likely he’s got a hot spot. Here are some tips to treat your dog’s hot spots yourself.
What is a Hot Spot?
Hot spots are patches on the animal’s skin that appear red and raw, and are normally bald. They are infections that can easily get worse when the dog scratches or bites at them.
The main cause is when the animal inflects the pain upon themselves in the first place.
Usually the symptoms consist of inflamed, naked spots in the fur that can result in constant itching from the dog. It can pus or even bleed, and if you’d ask the dog, I’m sure that more often than not, they would tell you that these annoying rashes are quite painful, especially if someone tries to touch it.
The best way to rid your furry friend of these annoying lesions forever, is to make sure they live in a healthy environment, thus resulting in a happy, healthy animal. The house should be clean, and your dog should be eating a nutritious diet. Too many times people will purchase some cheap dog food that ends up resulting in unhealthy traits and problems, including: hair loss and excess shedding, obesity, and yes, hot spots. Give your pooch some healthy meals like you would your children, and don’t be afraid to give Rover dog vitamins and fish oil.
Get Rid of Them:
Hot spots grow fast, so you’ll want to act fast. If they’re are extremely big or there are many of them, your best bet is to take a trip to the vet; however, there are some over the counter medications that you can purchase for Rover, if they are not too severe.
If you end up treating the hot spots yourself, then go ahead and begin by clipping the hairs that surround the area away. Don’t use dull scissors, as this will get you nowhere. You can even shave the area around the infected lesions if you have a pet razor. Grab some hand soap (preferably mild, as harsher soaps can just make the hot spots even worse), and wash the area carefully. Make sure to get off all the soap by the end, and gently pat the area dry with a towel. Apply the medication following the container’s instructions. Also, just like rashes on humans, cortisone is a great alternative that you can give Rover to stop all that scratching. The easiest way to apply this is by spraying it.
If the dog continues to itch and nibble at the hot spot, then you can always purchase a plastic cone. Your dog’s hot spots should heal eventually, but if they don’t or the animal gets too aggravated, even with the cone, it’s best to take him/her into your local veterinarian.
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