Hot spots as is evident from its nomenclature are red spots characterized by a sensation of inflammation on the surface of skin and a relentless urge of itching. They are also known by their clinical name as acute moist dermatitis. They are red in appearance and can develop into oozing skin lesions that can prove themselves to be quite agonizing for your dog. They are known for their out of the blue emergence and rapid speed of spreading.
Hot spots mostly result from allergic reactions, bug bites, habitation in unhygienic places or an overlooked disease. Apart from the aforementioned reasons, they can also result from stress and anxiety. Dogs with particularly dense and long hair are fairly more susceptible to falling prey to this skin disease.
The hot spots can result from any of the following events:
- An insect bite
- Allergic reaction from something contained in the diet
- Tightly strapped coat inhibiting the airflow to the skin underneath
- Exposure to external allergies such as pollens, grass, stagnant water etc.
- Emotional causes may include; Not being showered with enough attention or care, a drastic change in its place of dwelling, lack of physical activity perhaps due to your busy schedule courtesy of household chores or official commitments etc.
The first step to curing hotspots is determination of the underlying reason causing it. Once you have figured that out, you can resort to the appropriate treatment that we have enlisted below.
Do NOT resort to conventional treatments:
The reason that we stress on natural remedies is deeply rooted in their effectiveness to rid your beloved pet of the underlying conditions causing the said affliction. The conventional sprays, antibiotics, anti fungals, anti inflammatories etc. may seem like quick and reliable solutions, but their impact is rather counter intuitive and this need for rapid solutions may end up causing more harm than good. These conventional medicines are designed to “cure” the hot spots through suppression of the symptoms rather than treatment of the disease and are therefore only temporary remedies to this ailment and may end up prolonging the agony of your beloved pet. Use of sprays to suppress the inflammation leaves your dog more vulnerable to further skin infections. Topical sprays have been determined to be leading cause of skin infections in humans according to research of Dr Henry Blumberg. (Professor, Emory University)
We have enumerated several natural remedies to help you treat your dog at home with long lasting solutions with absolutely no side effects.
Calendula also known as marigold is renowned for its remedial properties when it comes to treatment of skin infections and irritations. It can be applied in a myriad number of ways, namely; in the form a cream, oil, tinctures, extracted into a tea, salve, application in the form of a solution among others. One important precaution to observe here is to take care that if you decide upon tincture application is to stay away from tinctures made from alcohol as they will exacerbate the inflammation and irritation and will be counter productive to the treatment.
Calendula has been used since long for subduing the skin infections, inflammations and itching and hastens the process of healing of skin through rejuvenation of skin tissue. You can procure calendula from any of the nearest health store. Its simple application would be rubbing as much as required on the affected area for as many number of times as it takes for the symptoms to go away. You don’t have to worry about your dog getting sick from licking the applied calendula as it poses absolutely no harm even if consumed by your pet.
Hypericum, also called St. John’s wort, is another herb that is renowned for its skin healing properties. It is particularly more effective and useful when used in conjunction with Calendula. Listed below is one for the most employed ways for forming a mixture of both hypericum and calendula:
Place tinctures of both calendula and hypericum, about 12 to 15 drops of each tincture, in a warm water cup. Use the solution liberally for application on the affected area for cleansing. Wipe off the solution from the applied area with the help of a clean dry cloth.
Instead of forming the mixture yourself, you can opt for a readymade solution in the form of HyperCal from your local health store.
3: Himalayan Salt Bath
Himalayan salts are also easily procurable from your local health store. Add about a tea spoon of the procured salt in cup filled with warm water. This salt bath can either be used alone or in conjunction with the HyperCal solution mentioned earlier.
It is highly recommended to trim off some of the hair around the affected area to increase the effectiveness of these topical applications.
4: Revitalizing the Suppressed Immune System
Like humans, it is imperative for the immune system on animals to be at its full throttle in order to ward off the invading infections and harmful bacteria. That is why, it is often recommended to take diet rich in vitamin C which helps revitalize and strengthen the suppressed immune system to combat the incoming infections and bacteria.