What are canine hot spots? They are (moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis) one of the most common dog skin problems. They are inflamed welted areas on the skin that often become infected.
Dog hot spots are usually caused from excessive biting, scratching, and licking usually resulting from allergies, fleas, insect bits, or injuries. They can occur at any time and in any breed, although dogs with thick coats are more prone to get them and they occur more frequently in warmer temperatures.Can the Coton de Tulear get them?
Absolutely, here’s how you can tell if your dog has this skin problem.
It’s important to treat hot spots as soon as possible because they can get significantly worse in a short period of time. Early treatment can also prevent severe infections.
According to the book, Dog skin solutions – the ultimate guide, sometimes it helps to clip the hair, or shave it, in the affected area and then apply one of the following:
For severe cases, some dogs may need to be sedated and given pain medication and anti-itch drugs. Elizabethan collars may need to be used to keep the dog from getting to the infected area.
Preventing the underlying actual cause of the licking, biting, and scratching is the best prevention. This can be done by:
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