Hot spots are also known as summer sores or acute moist dermatitis in dogs and cats. This type of moist skin rash or lesion manifests on the skin as inflamed, moist and hot and can be very irritating for your furbaby, specifically in the following areas:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Rump
  • Hip
  • Trunk of the body

Hot spots in pets usually affect breeds with longhaired coats. But don’t think that hot spots just stay put! Hot spots in pets tend to grow rapidly, and the last thing you want is for your furbaby’s whole body to be affected. Licking, chewing and scratching the affected areas can further irritate the skin, causing pain. All-natural shampoos and sprays may be used as preventive measures to stop and discourage these habits. Get to know more about hot spots in pets here!

How to Spot and Manage Hot Spots in Pets

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How to Spot and Manage Hot Spots

Causes

Why do pets get hot spots? There are many possible causes of hot spots in dogs and cats, both physical and emotional. If your furbaby already has hot spots, it’s important to understand the cause to prevent it from occurring again. Here are a few causes of hot spots:

  • Parasites (fleas, ticks, insects, mites, ants, flies, etc.)
  • Poor grooming
  • Knots in fur
  • Allergies (food, pollen, grass, molds, dirty water, etc.)
  • Sore spots
  • Ear infection
  • Lack of mental and physical stimulation
  • Boredom
  • Stress
  • Warm, humid weather

It always starts with an itch. From there, your furbaby will try to lick, bite, chew and scratch the affected area, so as pet parents, it’s important to prevent this from happening. If the skin is irritated, there is a high chance for bacterial contamination. The raw damaged skin will ooze serum and the matting of hair. In this case, it’s best to seek treatment.

Prevention Hot spots

The most important prevention – GROOMING REGULARLY.. Brushing, bathing your pet regularly and always drying their coat completely can prevent the development of hot spots.

Furbabies with long and thick coats are more likely to be affected by hot spots than those with short hair. This is because long and thick hairs can become matted and stuck to the surface of your pet’s skin, creating the perfect conditions for hot spots to form. Nevertheless, all pets are still susceptible in getting skin infections so pet parents should practice proper grooming and care.

If your furbaby engages in activities like swimming or just being out in wet conditions, make it a point to clean and dry his skin and coat afterwards. Don’t forget to check as well for any ticks, fleas or unusual spots! Your furbaby can catch the most random diseases, especially when unsupervised outdoors.

There will be times when you’ll find your furbaby licking and biting himself. If this happens, make sure you stop him and check on his entire body, especially the areas you saw him touching. However, if he still doesn’t stop – use an Elizabethan collar around his neck and provide him with temporary relief such as Earthbath Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spritz and Ark Naturals Omega Mender Itch Ender.

 Earthbath Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spritz and Ark Naturals Omega Mender Itch Ender

You’ll find that beautiful, clean, healthy and well-maintained coats lessen the chances of your furbaby ever getting hot spots. If you have trouble, you can always seek assistance from a veterinarian, a pet expert, or pet care consultants in pet stores in the Philippines. They are the best people who can help you find which all-natural products will best suit your furbaby’s condition.

Treatment

When it happens, it happens! What’s important now is that you provide your furbaby with the proper treatment. According to petmd, here are the different treatments for hot spots in cats and dogs:

  1. Trim the fur around the affected area or shave of any matted hair. So, if you are asking: “Can I cover my dog’s hot spot?”, the best answer would be no, because airing out the affected area will dry moisture and help speed the healing process of any skin lesions.
  2. Cleaning a dog’s hot spot or a cat’s with an astringent or antiseptic spray can help speed up the healing process. Also, when giving your pet a bath, use a specialized shampoo like . Don’t forget to properly dry your furrbaby’s coat!

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  3. Consult your doctor regarding prescribed medication such as hydrocortisone cream or spray to minimize the itch and promote healing.
  4. Use temporary relief products such as Earthbath Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spritz and Ark Naturals Omega Mender Itch Ender to prevent your furbaby from biting, licking or scratching the hot spot.
  5. Constantly check the hot spot’s condition if it’s healing or worsening. If it seems to have gotten worse, do not hesitate to call and visit your veterinarian. He or she is best suited to prescribe the best treatment for hot spots in dogs and cats. One possibility might be antibiotics used to treat hot spots in dogs and cats, depending on the severity.

So, when should you visit your veterinarian?  If you notice skin abnormalities, lesions or excessive scratching, liking and biting on his skin and coat - schedule an appointment, or if it’s an emergency, seek emergency care immediately!

Failure to seek treatment will increase the possibility of developing wounds and further health complications. Not only that but your furbaby will also be in a lot of pain! It’ll be sad to see him helpless and whimpering because he can’t help himself.

Conclusion

Encouraging and applying proper hygiene techniques can go a long way in helping prevent hot spots from affecting your furbaby. Hot spots in pets are a challenge to spot and treat, so save yourself and your furbaby the trouble and seek all-natural preventive methods!