Dogs suffering from hotspots often compulsively bite the affected area. They nibble up and down their limbs because they are so itchy. You may also notice your fur baby rolling on their back to scratch the itching skin that can't be reached with their paws.
THERE ARE QUITE A FEW CAUSES OF HOTSPOTS IN DOGS, BUT THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MOST COMMON:
Flea allergy dermatitis
Ear or skin infections
Anal sac disease
Stress or boredom resulting in excessive licking
A Coat that is dirty or matted
Moisture trapped in the coat from swimming or bathing
TREATING HOTSPOTS TYPICALLY COMES DOWN TO THE FOLLOWING:
Clipping the matted hair around the affected spot.
Cleaning the hotspot with a gentle antiseptic solution.
Applying topical or oral antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections.
Administering topical or oral steroids to control inflammation
Cleaning and dressing the area daily.
Remember, you can prevent hotspots from forming in the first place by grooming your fur baby regularly as well as supplementing with a product that contains Omega-3 such as Mighty Petz’s Omega-3 Soft Chews.