How to Treat Hot Spots

What Are Hot Spots?

 Hot spots are one of those less then desirable skin irritations seen in dogs. Often, you'll hear your vet refer to them as moist dermatitis, but you ... well, you can call them hot spots. 

 Hot spots (also known as Summer Sores or Moist Dermatitis) can seemingly appear spontaneously anywhere on a dog's body; the surrounding area can rapidly deteriorate too. This moist, raw skin disorder has a variety of causes but the most consistent factor is bacteria.

 What Causes Hot Spots on Dogs?

Hot spots occur when your dog itches, scratches or licks him or herself excessively, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur.

Anything that irritates or breaks the skin can create the environment for bacterial contamination if the surface of the skin has but only a little a bit of moisture on it. Such incidences of moisture can be such seemingly innocuous things such as as a recent bath, swim, stroll in the rain, or playtime in water. Even a slightly oozing sore can provide enough moisture and/or nutrient for a bacterial infection to take hold.

 Although there are various types of "hot spot"-causing bacteria, most respond to oral and topical antibiotics. Because hot spots are usually very painful, it may be best for a veterinarian to treat your dog's hot spots, as clipping can cause more trauma if not done correctly. 

 How to Treat Dog Hot Spots

 1. Trim the area around the hot spot with dog hair clippers. If the area is too big, shave it. Exposing it to air will dry out the moisture and help speed healing. 

 2. Clean the area with a warm salt water solution and pat dry.

 3. Apply Bark Butter Healing and Repair Balm. Apply daily.  

4. Prevent your dog from biting, licking or scratching the hot spot affected area. Placing an Elizabethan collar (plastic cone) around your dog's neck, for example, can be an excellent tool to keep him/her from biting and licking at it.

 5. Keep an eye on the area to make sure it continues to heal and doesn't worsen or spread. Hot spots often require a visit to the vet

Over the last few weeks and months we have seen a huge spike in hot spots so much sure you have some Bark Butter Balm in supply.