Dog hot spots are quite common among dogs and they can be very uncomfortable. There are a lot of reasons actually why these happen but among the most common is that parasites end up infesting the skin or the coat of your dog. Sometimes, an undetected psychological illness may prompt pets to develop dog hot spots.
But one thing you should know, hot spots are actually aggravated by the fact that dogs continue to gnaw and lick the particular area. What happens is that swelling and wounds eventually open on the skin along with inflammation. These lesions would be so because it was a very uncomfortable feeling that would prompt dogs to relieve themselves off of them.
Dog hot spots can worsen if not treated promptly. This is why you need to consult a vet when you observe your pet to have these. They are not to be taken lightly because dog hot spots are very uncomfortable and should be properly attended to so that they would cease.
First thing you could do is identify the infected area. Soon as you have done that, you would need to shave the hair off surrounding the lesions. This way, matted hair would not further infect the spot.
Soon as the hair has been shaved off, you can now start cleansing the wounds. This should be done using cool water to help relieve the discomfort. Also, remember to use a gentle cleanser when specifically cleaning the wounds so that your pet wouldn’t protest too much.
After cleansing the dog hot spots, you would need to apply some cool compress over the area for 2 to 4 times every day until if fully heals. Make sure that you only use clean washcloth for this and that the said cloth is properly sanitized before you place it over the dog hot spots. This is necessary to help relieve the pain and itching from your dog.
The reason why you should take your vet to the dog even after all of this is that they might need to prescribe some medications to speed up the healing process. Among the common medicines that would be prescribed are antibiotics and in facilitating them, you need to closely follow the frequency, dosage, and medication period.
Antibiotics are the most common meds that will help kill any bacteria or virus which prompted the dog hot spots. In addition to this, some topical cream may also be prescribed so that the scabs and lesions would finally heal as well.
I’m a dog health consultant who specializes in dog skin allergy treatment.