Best Natural Products for Dog Hot Spots
Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are a skin condition that affects dogs. The condition is characterized by areas of skin inflammation, bacterial infection, and hair loss. Hot spots are often caused by the dog scratching, licking, or chewing the area in question. These actions only make the area more painful and itchy, resulting in a vicious cycle where itching makes the dog itch more and more. Because of this cycle, hot spots can rapidly develop into painful, oozing lesions.
Because hot spots are caused by dogs licking and scratching the affected area, any condition that causes itching can lead to the development of a hot spot. Common causes of hot spots include: parasites; fleas; food allergies; eczema; skin infections; stress or boredom resulting in excess licking; and a dirty, wet, or matted coat. It’s important to visit your vet to determine the underlying cause of a dog’s hot spot, because that may change the course of treatment. If your dog gets chronic hot spots, identifying and addressing the underlying cause is crucial in preventing future skin infections.
Here at Petwell Supply, we have a variety of products that can help treat hot spots as well as promote overall skin health. For relief of hot spot symptoms, turn to HomeoPet Hot Spots, a homeopathic remedy that provides relief for the pain and itching associated with hot spots as well as supporting the regrowth of hair in those areas. Wondercide Skin Tonic is also a great option to relieve itching and soothe hot spots. Another great option is Snook’s Hot Spot Herbal Dip, which uses an organic blend of rosemary, elderflower, and comfrey to soak the fur and skin for maximum coverage and healing properties. Finally, making sure your dog’s fur is clean, dry, and unmatted can help prevent hotspots, so go ahead and make a grooming appointment as a part of maintaining healthy skin and coat.
Hot spots are very common--they are one of the most common skin conditions affecting dogs--so it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms of hot spots, know what to do when they occur, and even take steps to prevent them if possible. Doing so is one more way to keep your canine companion happy, healthy, and comfortable!