Relieve the itchiness of your dog's hot spots

February 6, 2014

These wounds and rashes are well-known to veterinarians. But what should you do about the painful dog hot spots you’ve found on your pet’s skin?

Your dog hasn’t stopped scratching the same spot over the last few days; she’s been biting at her paws with no apparent reason and rubbing herself along the floor. The result: red, inflamed dog hot spots on her skin. Whether the dog hot spot is caused by an allergy, parasites, or bacterial infection, this condition is very upsetting for your four-legged friend.

In fact, your dog may have several motives for scratching:

  • she may have fleas, one of the main causes of itching;
  • she may have external parasites, such as dust mites or scabies, which are less common but no less annoying;
  • she could have a skin infection caused by bacteria;
  • she may be suffering from an allergy or intolerance to certain foods.

Faced with so many possibilities, a visit to your veterinarian will be necessary for you to receive a proper diagnosis. Once he or she knows exactly what is causing your dog’s hot spots, your veterinarian can suggest a course of treatment. Avoid trying to diagnose the problem yourself, as you might only aggravate the situation.

An ounce of prevention

It is reassuring to know that today, certain nutrients in good quality pet foods can give you a hand in improving the health of your pet’s skin and help her get rid of those undesirable dog hot spots.

  • Essential fatty acids reduce inflammatory reactions.
  • Aloe, turmeric, and taurine may also reduce symptoms.
  • Certain vitamins help strengthen the role of the skin as a barrier to infection. Speak to your veterinarian about finding the diet that best suits your dog and her skin.

Other irritants to keep an eye on

The location of your dog’s hot spots may be a good indicator of the nature of the allergy or infection. For example, if your dog’s hot spots are lip lesions, she may be allergic to a component in one of her chew toys.

Mildew, grass, dust, or pollens common to the environment may also irritate your pet’s skin on contact. Any of these may cause dog hot spots around the muzzle and in the armpits. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend some medicinal shampoos, dietary supplements, or sprays that can help cure the allergy while relieving the itchiness.

When it comes to a food allergy, you should never let the animal eat the food in question, not even a small quantity. Take the time to read all product labels carefully before offering treats of any kind.

If you are concerned about your dog’s hot spots, take her to a veterinarian. Your pet will only thank you for providing her with such good care.

Relieve the itchiness of your dog's hot spots
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