Everything You Need to Know About Treating Your Dog’s Hot Spots

As a responsible dog owner, it’s crucial to know how to recognize and treat Hot Spots for your pet’s health. When your furry friend experiences Hot Spots, it’s a very painful and stressful situation for them. The sooner you detect and care for your dog’s irritating skin condition, the better.   

So what are Hot Spots? Hot Spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. The affected skin can appear as an oozing, reddened, or scabby area (with some degree of hair loss) that is painful and very itchy to the dog. The infection is deep in the dog’s skin and a stinky odor is often present. Dogs with thick, long, or dense coats are most often affected by Hot Spots. This condition often grows at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin and worsening the condition.  

You may be wondering how Hot Spots can develop on dogs. Anything that causes itchiness of the skin can lead to the unfortunate development of Hot Spots. An allergic reaction, poor grooming, bug bites, underlying disease and even warm weather can cause your dog to start the dangerous cycle of repeatedly scratching and licking an itch. A Hot Spot can even be self-inflicted by a dog due to boredom, anxiety, or stress that causes your pet to constantly lick or chew an area.  

The good news is that Hot Spots can be treated before calling your veterinarian for antibiotics antihistamines or steroids, which only suppress the Hot Spot temporarily and can have some nasty side-effects such as liver disease, obesity, muscle weakness, excessive thirst and urination, and adrenal gland problems. In the case of a healthy dog, a pet parent can usually treat hot spots easily on their own. If left untreated, Hot Spots can spread very quickly, so it’s important to treat properly right away.  

Before treatment, you should identify and remove the underlying triggers if possible. The hair in and around your dog’s Hot Spot is usually shaved or clipped to allow initial cleaning of the affected area, which then should be treated with safe and natural sprays, ointments, or creams that kill bacteria and help with pain and inflammation.  

One safe and effective way to naturally care for your pet’s Hot Spots, is with our Pura Naturals Pet USDA Organic Hot Spot Oil. Made with Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, this powerful ingredient acts as a moisturizer, relieving itching & dryness, plus it has natural antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth in the hair follicle. Its anti-inflammatory agent properties soothes irritated skin and reduces redness and itching and the risk of a secondary infection. Jojoba Oil also controls hair loss by helping the follicles grow new hair in as little as three days and hydrates skin by locking in moisture. This healthy ingredient is nature’s answer to raw skin, infections, and rashes.  

Not only is our Hot Spot Oil packed with Jojoba Oil, but it also contains Organic Calendula Oil. This oil is a great natural moisturizer for dry or split skin that promotes quick healing. It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain and inflammation. Organic Calendula Oil’s anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling. 

Using our Hot Spot Oil will provide lasting soothing relief for your four legged friend. Plus it’s safe and gentle on your dog’s coat and very easy to use. Here is a simple 3 step process to treatment: 

  1. Apply our Hot Spot Oil directly to the affected area. We recommend our Pura-Tips™ made with a medical-grade foam, for a more sterile and gentle application.  
  1. Rub gently and massage in a calming manner to keep your pet still and relaxed. Do not rinse. 
  1. Apply 3-4 times a day until area begins to heal.  

As the area improves, reduce the usage on your dog. Be aware that some Hot Spots can result in fever and serious underlying skin problems, so if you see the wound growing rather than improving after a couple of days, or notice signs of infection, it’s time to seek veterinary care immediately. 

Choosing a safe and natural treatment is the best way to care for your dog’s Hot Spots. To learn more about preventing Hot Spots, visit here