Hot spots are rough and red patches formed on the pet’s skin due to itching, licking or scratching. They are also known as summer sores or moist dermatitis. These hotspots can appear anywhere on the pet skin but more commonly found on the head or neck area of the pet.
It is a very uncomfortable situation for a pet as these spots cause itching sensation and thus forces your furry pal to scratch the skin mindlessly and thus making the affected skin area more rough and contaminated. At the same time due to continuous scratching and itching, the surrounding skin area of the hot spot also tends to deteriorate and creates further skin problems for pet.
Causes of Hot Spots on Dogs
Hot spots occur when your furry pal indulges in continuous scratching and itching. This can be due to allergic reactions, fleabites or poor pet grooming.
Tips for Treating Hot Spots On Dogs
- Shave the hot spot area to remove hairs surrounding the wound
- Clean the hot spot area with water or antiseptic solution to kill germs and let it dry
- Apply a healing cream such as Dermavet to faster healing of the wound.
- Prevent your dog from licking the treated area
- Visit your vet if you see no improvement on the wound
Hot spots are very irritating to a pet but can be prevented if you groom your pet regularly, feed him appropriate diet and make use of flea control products such as Frontline spray or Bravecto to protect him from flea infestation. At the same time, visit your vet regularly to stay updated on your pet’s health.