If your dog has been itching nonstop as of late, try checking through the fur and you might see what’s causing this discomfort. Often it’s an inflamed pus-filled wound commonly known as 'Hot Spots'.
What are Hot Spots?
These inflammatory skin lesions found on your dog’s skin is a condition known as acute moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis. These are open sores that can ooze fluid or pus, and the open wound can be further exacerbated by the dog’s licking or scratching. These sores can get really painful for your pet, especially if they can’t help, but claw at it. That’s like literally digging into an open wound. Another issue with hot spots is that the infected sores can make the dog’s fur quite smelly.
That said, hot spots can be caused by a number of things, sometimes it can be multiple reasons at the same time. Here are the triggers you should look out for:
Causes of Hot Spots:
- Fleas and Insect bites
- Food allergens
- Impacted anal glands
- Environmental allergens
- Extremely hot weather
- Exposure to stagnant or dirty water from ponds and lakes
- Behavioral issues and trauma
- Neglect and zero pet grooming
First determine the severity. If your dog has one or several hotspots, note how deep or infected each one is. Just to be clear, extreme hot spots should be taken seriously and should be treated by the veterinarian.
For small or dry hot spots that are still manageable, the following care should be applied:
Gently trim the fur around the hot spot. The lesion will dry out and heal faster if the surrounding fur is removed. Trimming off the hair will aid the skin to close up and dry properly. However, the hot spot may feel tender to any pressure or touch, and may cause the dog to react to your trimming attempts. It would be advisable to have a second person hold down and secure the dog during trimming. A professional dog groomer can do this gently as they deal with hot spot skin conditions all the time.
Disinfect and clean all the hotspot areas with an antiseptic or prescribe topical spray to start the healing process and lessen the discomfort for your pet. A cold compress can also help alleviate the pain. So as not to aggravate the hot spot, putting a dog cone on your pet is advisable to curb any scratching or licking behavior on the hot spots.
Most canine hot spots will begin to disappear in a few days after the start of the treatment. The healing time for hot spots can range from a couple of days to a number of weeks. But the lesions should be closely monitored and kept from any scratching behavior.
Hot spots can mean a long period of suffering for your dog, but this can all be avoided with proper pet care and regular grooming. In Whangarei, Zoomin Groom is always called over for hot spot grooming treatments.
When canine hot spots are left untreated for too long, they tend to proliferate in high friction areas, such as the legs, ears and under the collar, but with a regular grooming routine in place, this can minimize the number of hot spots from spreading and even prevent them from occurring again.
At Zoomin Groom, we are well-experienced in handling hotspots and trimming around the sore area. We want your dog to be as comfortable as possible as we bathe them, trim and brush their hair. Besides smelling fresh and clean, we want to them to heal well from the hot spots.
Whangarei Dog Grooming Services
For a positive and healthy grooming experience to engage and soothe your dog, trust in Zoomin Groom to get an excellent grooming treatment done. The best part about it is that we come to you! As the most reliable Whangarei dog grooming service, we guarantee that your dog will get the best full pet treatment at the very comfort of your home.
For top quality dog grooming services in Whangarei, always go for the gentle pet professionals, call us today and book a treatment session for your pet at Zoomin Groom 021 136 1103