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Your Guide To Healing Canine Hotspots

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: 

 Parasites

 Flea allergy dermatitis

 Food allergies

 Atopic dermatitis

 Ear or skin infections 

 

  Anal sac disease 

 Contact irritants

 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.

 

However, remember that the best you can do is prevent hot spots from forming in the first place.

 

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