What To Do If Your Canine Has Dog Hot Spots

When a dog owner realizes that their pet has an itchy rash, they may wonder what it is. When a pet develops an allergy to something they may get very itchy in one location. The itchy spot can leave a bald patch of hair and it can also draw blood and infection. Dog hot spots can occur anywhere on the pet and can spread if not treated.

One of the reasons why this condition should be treated quickly, is that it may spread to other areas of the body. It can spread when the pet licks themselves and then licks another area of their body. It can get bigger in size and it can travel to other areas.

Skin legions can spread when they are not properly cared for right away. The area can become very itchy for the pet and can cause them to lick and scratch. The more that the dog licks the more the infection or the allergy can spread.

There are hydrocortisone creams as well as sprays that can be applied to the skin. These medications can be bought at a drug store and used on the pet with the condition. These sprays and creams, may help to battle the itch and help the area dry out. Some people may also try Benadryl to help with the allergies and it’s causes. People should check with their vet’s before giving their pets any medications.

When a pet knows that the area is infected and itchy, they may try to bite and scratch at it. Dog owners can prevent the biting and scratching, by putting a cone on the pets head. The cone will fit to size and will help the dog not scratch while it is healing. After a day or two the cone can be removed and the dried up area will no longer be itchy.

People will need to watch the area of skin closely. They will want to keep an eye on it to make sure that it isn’t spreading or getting worse. If an infection develops, it may need some medicated cream. A vet can prescribe the right antibiotics to help heal the wound.

Animal owners may want to find out what their pet is allergic to. It could be allergies associated with a certain time of year, or it could be related to something else. Some pets are allergic to fleas and if they get them, they may scratch themselves until they bleed. A vet can order an allergy test for the pet to see what they may be sensitive to.

When a pet owner finds dog hot spots on their pet, they may wonder what to do. These skin legions are normal and can be treated in a simple way. Protecting the area from getting scratched and bitten is the best way to help it heal. Creams and sprays may stop it from being itchy, spreading and becoming infected.

I’m a dog health practitioner who specializes in dog skin allergy treatment.

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