Dog hot spot often develop as a result of the body trying to get rid itself of toxins or inner heat generated by poor-quality dry food.
Drug treatments may help for a while, but after a few months, your dog is back to your vet with a new symptom, but this time perhaps involving the kidneys or wherever there is a genetic weakness.
Such new symptom may appear to be unrelated, but in reality they are part of an unaddressed continuation of the same disese process still raging inside your dog.
Dog hot spot is a familiar term for a moist dermatitis that erupts after trauma to the skin.
It can become a weeping, painful, infected mess.
The edges are often red with an oozing center, sometimes covered with a yellow plaque.
Since our skin is the body’s largest organ of detoxification, and a rash or irritation is also a common way the body tries to eliminate a toxin
Dog hot spot can spread rapidly, and though they occur on any part of the body, the common locations are the side of the face, top of neck, rump, or base of the tail.
The intial trauma to the skin is often the result of itching and scratching due to fleas, tick bites, an abrasion, or perhaps an underlying hypersensitivity or allergy.
“When the condition is treated with drugs, the activity of the immune system is suppressed, and the toxin is prevented from leaving the body” says Robert Goldstein, VMD. “Sometimes giving drugs is appropriate, but realiance on drugs alone over the long term is asking for a chronic, never-ending skin condition as well as other health problems.
Dog Hot Spot Treatment Tips
1) Clip away the hair on and around the hot spot. Gently cleanse the area with a hypoallergenic or soap-free cleanser. Rinse with cool water.
2) Be sure fleas are under control.
3) Evaluate your dog’s diet for possible allergies.
4) Frequent application of a compress or lotion is very important, and may need to be applied every few hours initially, then 3 to 4 times a day. Apply compresses for 3 to 5 minutes, or longer is necessary.
5) Green and black tea have astringent properties that will help dry dog hot spot. Apply a soaked tea bag directly to the skin. Especially helpful for those weepy, watery dog hot spot.
6) If your dog is constantly scratching at the hot spot, an oatmeal soak is an excellent way to break the itch cycle and provide relief. Simply stuff a cotton sock with oatmeal and soak it in hot water until a gooey emulsion forms. Let it cool, and lay it gently over the area.