Hot Spots Are Common in Dogs
are also known as acute moist dermatits, there will be a patch of skin about 1-4 inches wide that will be inflamed and infected.
This spot will not be able to hold any hair. Pus along with an awful odor will become more apparent. The dog, as a way to disinfect the wound, will begin to lick and bite it, but this actually makes the hot spot even worse.
It is very important that you try and prevent your dog from getting at these hot spots as much as possible. These patches grow within hours and appear with almost no warning signs before hand.
Typically hot spots can appear anywhere in the body and it usually appears in more than one spot. They are more likely to appear with dogs that contain a heavy coat or lots of fur. Hot spots are commonly known to appear around Your Dogs Ears.
Whenever a dog is about to shred, they have a higher risk of getting hot spots. This is because the breeds' heavy fur traps moisture, dead hair, and dead skin causing an infection to occur.
However, there are other reasons why there might be hot spots present on the dog. Dogs might have a certain skin allergy that causes their skin to react in such away. Skin allergies can be caused by a variety of things, but to narrow them down, you might want to change your dog's diet.
Many dry kibble foods have wheat as their main ingredient. This is because wheat is a very cheap substance to put in Dog Food.
Wheat is something a dog's digesting system is not always used to and he or she might sometimes be completely unable to break it down. When a skin condition forms it is one of the many indicators that your dog is unable to process what he is eating.
Other reasons for hotspots are Fleas, mites, skin parasites, a skin disease, ear infections and poor grooming and bathing of the animal.
You have to keep in mind that hot spots are tremendously painful for your dog and that your dog will typically need to be under a form of sedation while treatment is being preformed. Your vet will remove any hair in the way of the hot spot and then apply several different shampoos such as betadine, a diluted form of povidone-iodine and nolvasan, a chlorhexidine shampoo to help reduce swelling and disinfects the area. An antibiotic cream will be applied to the infected area for at least twice a day for ten days.
In order to prevent the condition from worsening, a BiteNot collar will be issued to the dog where he will not be able to reach the infected areas until the treatment and antibiotic course is over.
It might be good to add the BiteNot collar to your Dog First Aid Kit after the treatment is over and not throw it away.
This sort of device is very useful for an array of dog situations and problems.
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