Hot spots in dogs

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What is a dog hot spot?  Hot spots in dogs are common and can be worse in hot weather.  They are warm, painful patches of skin that can ooze pus and give off a fowl order.  They are circular and appear suddenly and can enlarge fast.  What was the size of a quarter may enlarge by several inches in a few hours.  If your dog has them regularly, suspect that they are caused by an allergy.  Hair is lost rapidly.  Dog rashes and dog scratching are the most common signs.

The technical name for a hot spot is Pyotraumatic dermatitis.  It is commonly known as canine pyoderma.  It is a bacterial skin infection in dogs and progresses through self-mutilation.  A few factors that cause dog hot spots are fleas, ear problems, allergies, matted fur and skin irritants.

Canine hot spots on dogs are more common in breeds with long and heavy coats.  They can appear on the neck, chest, ears, back, rump and flanks.  Dogs have many more specialized cells that cause inflammation in their skin than humans do.  Canine hot spots clear up more quickly if you catch them at an early stage.

Treatment of dog hot spots includes clipping away the hair to let air in.  You should gently cleanse the skin with hydrogen peroxide or a bacterial soap.  A homemade remedy of baking soda and water, mixed into a paste can be applied to the irritated area and left on for a few hours before being washed off.  Hot spots can cause considerable pain and your dog may need to be sedated or tranquilized to prevent trauma.

Topical antibiotic-steroid creams can be used to aid in reducing redness and irritation.  They should be applied three times a day for good results.  The dog should be prevented from licking and biting the dog sores.  An Elizabethan collar can be used to keep him from chewing or biting at the sore.

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