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Do you think your dog has hot spots?
So what are hot spots
Dog hot spots occur as single, intensely itchy (pruitic) lesions resulting from self-inflicted trauma to the skin. This is because they are extremely irritating and painful. In an effort to alleviate the constant irritation and pain, dogs will lick or gnaw away at themselves. This leads to further trauma, inflammation and or infection of their skin.
Dog hot spots appear most commonly on:
Dog hot spots symptoms characteristically present as:
Causes of dog hot spotsHot spots fall into four distinct categories, allergic reactions to allergens, parasitic, pathological and breed related.
Allergy related dog hot spots can happen within minutes of a dog being exposed to an allergen it is allergic to, causing symptoms of intense itchiness and/or pain.
Allergic reactions are the main causes for hots spots in dogs and in particular dogs which have a predisposition to allergy symptoms associated with the following allergens:
Breed related dog hot spots
Dog hot spots are particularly worrisome for breeds with dense long coats, because it is so easy for burs or grass awnings to embed themselves in a dog’s skin or ears and go un-noticed by owners, even with regular grooming.
Skin allergies are known to be the main underlying causes for dog hot spots.
Breeds which have a predisposition for developing hot spots are Collies, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Saint Bernard's.
Breed related dog hot spots are more prevalent in the heat of summer months - the following chart has been designed to help the reader:
To view a "Guideline Chart for Causes of Dog Hot Spots" - please click here
Diagnosis of dog hot spots
Hots spots are easy to diagnose, however, diagnosis of the primary cause is generally made through a process of elimination.
Treatment of dog hot spots
Regardless of the subsequent choices for systemic and/or topical treatment of dog hot spots, the following procedures are recommended.
Prognosis for dog hot spots
Dogs that recover from hot spots frequently develop recurring lesions related to the primary underlying causes (i.e. allergens, parasites, pathological or breed related). Therefore, identification and elimination of the factors that contribute to dog hot spots formation are vital for keeping the condition under control.
Prevention of dog hot spots
To use an old adage “prevention is always better than a cure”.
Humidity, very often seasonally coincides with primary conditions, which bring on hot spots. Fleas and other parasites thrive in hot, humid weather.
When fleas or other biting or stinging insects are the primary cause of hot spots, systemic or topical flea preventatives or flying-insect repellants i.e. citronella, should be applied to the dog.
If ear infections are the problem, frequent swimming can lead to ear infections that may increase risk for dog hot spots. To minimise ear infections and hot spots, try the following:
Certain pollens can exacerbate skin allergies leading to hot spots. Keeping your dog indoors during times of the day when pollen counts peak (usually early morning and early evening) helps reduce exposure to pollen.
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