Top tips on how to relieve and treat your Pet's hot spots!

We are still enjoying a long, hot summer but our furry friends may not be having as much fun as we are! Some dogs,  are itching, licking and scratching themselves excessively, eventually developing moist scabs on their skin.

This type of skin irritation is called a hot spot, also known as moist eczema or summer sores (or the more scientific names - pyotraumatic dermatitis or superficial pyoderma).

Hot spots are often inflamed, oozing open sores which are very painful for your dog. These wounds can quickly worsen or even become infected, causing your pet much discomfort.

We look at how hot spots develop and how you can treat them naturally.

What are hot spots?

Hot spots are skin conditions that can develop in dogs or cats. They are areas of skin that become inflamed and infected. You will recognize a hot spot as an oozing, moist area of reddened skin that is painful and itchy.

There is often hair loss in the area. Dogs and cats therefore continuously bite and lick the hot spots, usually making them worse. Dogs and cats that have fleas are often more prone to developing hot spots.
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What causes hot spots?

Hot spots can appear quite quickly, on any part of your dog or cat’s body. When the skin is irritated or broken and becomes moist, this creates a very hospitable environment for bacteria to breed and hot spots to multiply. Moisture on the skin can result from something as harmless as your dog swimming, having a bath or walking in the rain.

Dogs with thick coats or even dirty skin as well as those that suffer from fleas and allergies are susceptible to hot spots. Flea allergy dermatitis as well as food, grass, pollen and mould are some of the allergens that exacerbate hot spots.

Sometimes emotional and behavioural issues such as separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or boredom can cause excessive licking and chewing of certain parts of the body – this may result in the development of a hot spot. 
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How to relieve and treat hot spots naturally

There are a number of ways to treat hot spots effectively and these include:

1. Remove the hair

In order to treat the hot spot, trim or remove the hair around the affected area. Removing the hair and exposing it to air will help to dry out the moisture and promote quicker healing. If you don’t remove the hair, the hot spot may worsen, become infected and then take much longer to heal.
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2. Disinfect the wound

Cleaning the wound with a natural disinfectant shortens healing and recovery time and prevents more serious complications like infection. Apply a gentle and soothing topical antiseptic cream to stop the itching. Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother!) can be used on itchy skin and hot spots. Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with 2 tablespoons of water and dab on the infected rash area with an organic cotton ball. Do this daily for a week.
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3.  Keep your pet away from the wound

Prevent your dog or cat from scratching, licking or biting the affected area. To keep your pet from biting and licking the hot spot, place an Elizabethan collar or plastic cone around his neck. 
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4. Keep your pet well groomed

It is important to make sure your dog or cat is well groomed, particularly during the summer season. Dogs or cats with thick, long or matted hair are at greater risk of developing hot spots. Have your dog’s hair shaved at the groomers to prevent any moisture developing on the skin.
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5. Treat for fleas

Use a flea treatment program regularly to control fleas and prevent flea allergy dermatitis. Dogs and cats with a flea allergy are more susceptible to hot spots and therefore it is highly recommended to use a vet recommended anti-flea product.
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6. Relax and calm your pet

Dogs or cats with nervous or anxious dispositions that are prone to biting and licking themselves excessively may benefit from using a natural remedy such as PetCalm. PetCalm is a 100% homeopathic remedy which reduces stress, anxiety and promotes relaxation in highly strung or chronically anxious pets. 
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7. Natural remedies can help

An overall skin tonic like Skin & Coat Tonic by Feelgood Pets can help to improve the overall health of the skin and coat and prevent the development of hot spots in dogs & cats. You can also reduce the itching with a homeopathic remedy like Allergy Itch Ease, thereby giving the skin the best chance of healing. Natura Pet Hot Spot Relief Balm provides perfect relief for itching, rashes, hot spots, ringworm, and other skin problems. All natural anti-itch compound made from Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Neem Oil,  Calendula Extract and essential oils help to sooth and heal the skin.
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