What are Hot Spots?
Hot spots (also referred to as acute moist dermatitis) are a common skin condition found in dogs and cats with long hair or thick, dense undercoats. Hot spots are characterized by moist, raw, circular-shaped lesions which are inflamed. They are painful and usually found on the head, along the chest and over the hip area.
Your pet will bite, lick and scratch the lesion causing further inflammation and irritation of the skin. The lesions usually appear suddenly and increase dramatically in size. Dog breeds such as St. Bernards, Golden retrievers and younger dogs are predisposed to acute moist dermatitis.
What Causes Hot Spots?
Dog and cat hot spots are often caused by allergies, flea bites, mosquito bites, ear infections, poor grooming, injury, cut or wound as well as degenerative joint and anal gland disease. Sometimes, boredom, loneliness, stress and anxiety may also cause animals to scratch and bite themselves resulting in hot spots. If left untreated these lesions can become infected and spread to other areas of the skin.
Natural and holistic remedies are beneficial for both humans and animals. They are a gentle and safe alternative for breeds of all ages, and also support overall health and wellbeing. Homeopathic ingredients including Arum triph, Viola tri, Comocladia, Chamomilla and Cina as well as herbs such as Red Clover, Rosehip, Burdock, Kelp, Nettle, Garlic, Oregon Grape, Flaxseed and Fenugreek provide symptomatic relief for itchiness, scratching, redness and burning and restores the skin and coat back to health.
There are a number of ways to prevent episodes of hot spots on dogs and cats and these include:
- Feed your pet an all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colorants
- Keep your pet well groomed by ensuring that his hair is clipped or shaved short, especially during summer
- Brush dogs with thick coats daily
- Bathe your pet regularly with a medicated shampoo
- Apply a flea repellent regularly on your pet to ward off fleas and ticks
- Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, smoke, household detergents, fertilizer or pesticides
- Clean your home thoroughly by vacuuming carpets and dusting furniture to ease both you and your pet’s respiratory allergies
- Keep your pet’s living clean by disinfecting regularly
- If your pet is prone to hot spots around the ears, clean the ears regularly and if near the anal glands , express anal glands
- Always provide fresh, clean water to cleanse the body’s system and avoid dehydration
- Detox your pet regularly to get rid of unwanted toxins