Write interesting articles

Treating Dog Hot Spots At Home

One of our readers recently asked us how they can avoid making a trip to the vet by treating their dog's hot spots at home. For starters, before you start using any over the counter medication like the hot spot treatment from Banixx, you must be able to identify a hot spot, even before I get on with answering this question.

What Are Dog Hot Spots?

When the skin’s defenses are overrun by normal skin bacteria, a skin infection which damages its surface occurs resulting in what is referred to as a hot spot. In most cases, the dog licks, chews, gnaws and scratches itself leading to the damage. The skin becomes infected, itchy, moist, and red in color in the early stages of the formation of the hot spot. As the infection grows, pus starts coming out of the inflamed skin. You will notice hair loss over the infected area, a nasty crust forms over the damaged skin and dry discharge. When the area is touched, dogs usually exhibit signs of discomfort simply because this process is painful.

By excessively chewing and licking themselves, when it comes to hot spots, dogs become their own worst enemies. A large area of self-induced trauma can be created by a few minutes of this sort of “work,” surprisingly. Fortunately, these results usually seem worse than they are in actual sense; topical treatment on its own is enough to get rid of this superficial infection.

A good question to ask is, in the first place, what makes dogs feel the need to lick and chew on themselves? A hot spot can be caused by anything that causes skin irritation, leading the pooch to scratch and lick the affected area. Some of the common environments in which hotspots can develop include skin allergies, insect bites, matted hair, dense coats, excess moisture or saliva on the skin (such as in dogs that are always licking their feet), overly humid surroundings and skin scrapes. Boredom can also cause your dog to excessively lick himself.

Your vet might be able to uncover the underlying cause of the hot spots judging from their location. An anal gland infection, hip arthritis or flea infestation might cause a hot spot over the area around the hip for instance. In the same breath, nerve or dental issue, allergy or ear problem might be the underlying cause of a hot spot anywhere around the ear.

Treating Dog Hot Spots At Home:

It may be possible for you to use over the counter medication, like Banixx, designed for this use to treat an uncomplicated, small and painless hot spot that is discovered early at home. The list of available products, which includes herbal therapies, medicated shampoos, and topical sprays, is too long to cover in this article. It is recommended that you ask your veterinarian whether the option you choose is logical as it is essential that you only choose a product that is safe and approved for use on pets. Topical products made for human use should not be used as they might be toxic to pets that ingest them by licking. For instance, zinc oxide, which is mostly used as a carrier in a variety of skin ointments meant for human use can be toxic when ingested by pets.

Fundamentals Of Treating Dog Hot Spots:

To allow the Banixx medication and air to reach the wound, clip the fur covering the affected area gently and carefully only if the area is painless and small. Be careful not to use scissors, I have seen my fair share of “accidental lacerations” in the emergency room as a result of this, use approved grooming clippers instead.

Use that embarrassing cone to keep your pooch from licking the affected area.

To boost circulation, calm the affected tissue and keep the wound clean and hygienic apply a moist, warm compress for five to ten minutes, three times a day. Before applying any topical treatment, give the area some time to dry completely.

Consult your veterinary before you commence any treatment at home to ensure that the over the counter products you choose are approved by an expert and safe for pets.

Since you want the affected area to “breathe”, avoid covering it with any wraps or bandages.

You will be fighting a losing battle if you do not uncover the underlying issue causing the irritation or itching in the first place.

Prevent Hot Spots On Your Pooch With These Tips:

The first step towards keeping your pet itch-free is to ensure good flea control. A lot of emphases should be placed on flea control.

After swimming or bathing in hot and humid conditions, always ensure that you dry your dog’s dense coat completely. Furthermore, regularly groom your pet.

Create enough opportunities for mental and physical exercise and play to keep your pet from becoming bored or stressed.

To help boost the health of your pet’s coat implement a diet that has essential fatty acids.

Do Not Treat The following Cases Of Dog Hot Spots On You Own:

It is estimated that 30 percent of dogs that have hot spots are also suffering from a bite wound or similar trauma, or immune-mediated disease, or any other type of skin disease e.g. deeper skin disease. Have your vet take a look at your pet if you have any concerns at all. He will most likely recommend Banixx to treat it.

When the affected area grows in size and becomes so painful that the pet has to be sedated for it to be clipped and cleaned properly, then a vet is needed. (Imagine how running clipper blade over raw flesh would feel!)

If, on top of the topical treatments, additional treatment involving orally administered antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and pain medications is required to treat a deeper skin infection accompanying the hot spot an additional concern is created. The duration, severity, and level of pain associated with your pet’s case, in addition to whether the issue has been on and off will determine your veterinarian’s choice of treatment. While some pets may suffer from hot spots regularly, the lucky ones may live trouble free after suffering from one or two initial cases.