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Hotspots- What are they and Treatment.

What are Hot spots? 

Hotspots are spots on a dog's skin where there is a point of irritation that is continually aggravated by the animal. This repeated irritation of the affected area can often lead to infections due to bacterial build up in the area. This infection and bacteria build up is what we know to be hotspots. These hotspots can be quite irritating and sore for your pet. If action is not taken to treat these hotspots, There is also a risk of the Hotspots spreading if not treated correctly. 

Symptoms and signs of hotspots. 

When it comes to hotspots there are many signs and symptoms to look out for. Finding early signs and symptoms and early treatment can help prevent the spread of hot spots. 

Things to look out for include: 

  • Redness 
  • Swelling
  • Hair Loss
  • May be oozing 
  • Can also be crusty with dry skin
  • Dog seems to be in pain. 

How do they get hotspots? 

Hotspots are caused by a number of different things that could be a one or a combination. Some of the causes for hotspots include: 

  • Allergies, both food and skin
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Excess licking from boredom 
  • Infections in the ear and on skin
  • Trapped moisture from swimming or bathing.

Whilst hotspots can occur in any breed they are more likely to occur in some. There are several breeds do tend to be more sensitive than others such as:

  • Golden retrievers 
  • Labs 
  • German shepherds
  • St bernards
  • And rottweiler

Treatment

To help soothe and calm hotspots, here at Pet Drs we have developed an Naturally formulated Hotspot Gel. Pet Drs Hotspot Gel is a natural and effective topical ointment containing powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients to help repair red, itchy, and inflamed areas of skin.

We use Manuka Honey whichis great at controlling inflammation on the skin. With its powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties it helps to naturally kill this overgrowth off the skin. Calendulais a very popular ingredient in herbal medicine as it is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Calendula helps to remove free radicals (which are products of inflammation), prevents them from causing further inflammation and inhibits white blood cells which are associated with the immune system. Gotu Kola is one of the most revered and powerful herbs in herbal medicine. Gotu Kola is rich in collagen which helps to improve skin health and fight inflammation off the skin. Aloe Verais packed full of enzymes and amazing healing properties that help heal itchy skin and reduce inflammation. Full of anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic properties that reduce pain and reduce the chance of infection! 

Contact your veterinary professional if you have any concerns about your dog and hotspots.