Dog hot spot treatment
Depending on the severity of the condition, treating hot spots on dogs can be done by yourself at home or with the help of your holistic veterinarian. Here are some steps you can take to treat hot spots on dogs.
Clean the affected areas
Use an antiseptic solution to remove any bacteria and prevent further infection hot spots on dogs.
Trim the hair
If your dog has a longer coat, there could be a hot spot located underneath. Trim the hair surrounding the hot spots on dogs to allow air to circulate and help the area dry. If your dog is sensitive to trims, have a professional groomer do it for you.
Apply a cool compress
Applying a cool compress will help reduce inflammation and soothe the skin around hot spots on dogs.
Use a topical treatment
Sometimes your holistic veterinarian may prescribe a topical treatment for hot spots on dogs. This may include things like corticosteroid cream to reduce inflammation and relieve the urge to itch.
Helping your pet stay calm and relaxed is a one-way ticket to a hot spot-free zone. Provide your pup with plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and a comfortable living environment to avoid hot spots on dogs.
Change your dog’s diet
As we previously mentioned, pet food allergies can lead to hot spots on dogs. Feeding a raw diet, like our Bold By Nature recipes, is ideal as they are limited in high glycemic carbohydrates that tend to feed yeasts and other skin irritants. Just keep in mind that all dogs are different, so how much raw food to feed a dog will all depend on your pup’s size and weight.
On top of feeding a highly nutritious raw pet food diet, you can also add Bold by Nature raw supplements to their meals, like green lipped mussel for dogs. These supplements add a boost to their bowl and are a terrific way to improve overall wellness, promote a healthier coat, and more.
Take a trip to the vet
This one is self-explanatory, but if hot spots on dogs is a recurring event in your household, it is important to make a trip to your holistic veterinarian for proper treatment and prevention.