These days the term ‘hot spot’ often refers to an area that we can pick up wifi, but unfortunately, for our canine friends, it’s no such convenience. Hot spots are painful, red patches that appear on a dog’s skin, also known as acute moist dermatitis. They occur when the dog’s immune system is over-stimulated and over-reacts to an irritant on the skin. As the irritation grows, the dog will scratch and lick the area which leads to further discomfort.
There are several reasons that Hot Spots are triggered, including allergic reactions to bites, food (digestive dysfunction often provokes skin conditions) or grooming products, or regular licking or biting at the skin due to persistent stress or poor grooming habits, which can cause the dog’s coat to become matted and dirty. Hot spots are often found in long-haired breeds due to this reason. He could also be chewing at his skin if he has a sore bone, or joint, that is irritating him. Emotionally, it is important to look at what might be making him unhappy. Boredom and under-stimulation can often trigger over-grooming, as can grief and changes to routine.
As the dog continues to irritate the area further through licking and scratching, the skin can quickly become raw, leaving it very sore and open to infection.
Once you have determined what is causing the Hot Spot and steps have been taken to address this to prevent it returning, there are natural remedies available that can ease the discomfort until the licking stops.
Our gel ointment for dogs forms a soft layer over the skin to promote healing and is very soothing, and importantly is safe if ingested. Containing naturally active ingredients such as sea buckthorn and apple cider vinegar, the gel will nourish your dog’s skin and ease irritation.
Bob the Labrador, pictured below, was having a tough time with Hot Spots, and after using our gel his owner was delighted to report that the skin had healed and his fur had grown back, resulting in a much happier Bob!
Equally, our spray for dogs soothes the skin by providing instant relief as the fine particles of the spray quickly sink into the skin. Some of our customers use both the gel and the spray together for the ultimate nourishing care.
If you find you need to bathe the area around the lesion, our gentle and naturally fragranced shampoo for dogs helps to moisturise and nourish the skin to promote health and healing.
It’s important to avoid gels or tinctures that contain alcohol as this can irritate the skin further.
Most importantly, it is vital to get to the bottom of the underlying cause of the irritation, so that it can be prevented in the future. If you are at all concerned about the skin, or it is not clearing up after addressing the issues and the topical irritation, then a trip to the vet is recommended.
However, hopefully, like Bob, the irritation will soon subside and your furry friend will be back to his happy self before you know it!