Does Your Pet Have A Hot Spot?

Does Your Pet Have A Hot Spot?
Have you ever noticed your pet excessively licking, biting, or scratching a specific area on their body?


Have you ever noticed your pet excessively licking, biting, or scratching a specific area on their body? This behavior can lead to an infection in the upper layer of the skin otherwise known as pyotraumatic dermatitis, or a “hot spot.”

Dr. Alison Diesel, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what commonly causes these areas of raw, red skin.

“Hot spots are typically caused by an inflammatory insult, including allergies, insect bites, or other causes of itch in dogs and cats,” Diesel said. “We most commonly see hot spots on the back or rump of dogs due to flea-allergy dermatitis and behind the ears, due to underlying and unaddressed ear infections.”

While hot spots can occur in just about any breed of dog or cat, dogs with longer hair coats seem to be more prone to this skin condition, especially during warmer months, when it is humid.

To keep your pet’s itching and scratching from causing an even deeper skin infection, Diesel said it is best to have a hot spot evaluated by a veterinarian right away.

“Treatment often relies on breaking the itch-scratch cycle, addressing the infection, and keeping the pet from further traumatizing the wound,” Diesel said. “This may involve a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, topical antiseptics, and a local treatment for the wound. In addition, some sort of mechanical barrier, such as an e-collar or T-shirt, can help stop the pet from causing a deeper infection.”

While there is a possibility that hot spots will recur, the best chance for prevention is to address the underlying cause.

“This would include consistent flea prevention, treatment of ear infections, and identifying and managing allergies under the direction of a veterinarian,” Diesel said.

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You have got to be kidding me! The worse thing you can do is bring your dog to the damn allopathic vet for a hot spot - they will give you STEROIDS which only SUPPRESS the issue and once you stop giving those steroids(including injections) - the skin issue will come back WORSE than prior hot spot. NEVER EVER use darn chemical flea tick & mosquito products! If you people would stop vaccinating including rabies - feed your dogs(& cats) proper complete raw diets - stop using toxic poisonous Heart Worm pills; chemical flea tick & mosquito products/chemical wormers; over use of antibiotics/STEROIDS!!!!/NSAID's - and start treating with homeopathic remedies - and Natural flea tick & mosquito sprays - you'd save money from your idiot vets - and not only start having healthier dogs & cats - but if you'd stop vaccinating etc - feed properly - your pets would start living not only vital & healthy lives but living their "normal" life spans which what your vet tells you is absolutely incorrect ---- vaccines, HW pills etc and horrible ALL dry kibble & most canned foods as well - take YEARS off your dogs & cats "normal" life spans If you want help - contact me &/or join my FB group - I tell the truth - and I speak bluntly because I've had it with the BS out there in blogs & social media
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