Cat Hot Spots
Aardora helps speed healing in three ways. First, Aardora's unique moisturizers soothe itch, irritation, redness and swelling to deter the over-scratching of tender hot spot lesions. Second, Aardora serves as an antimicrobial dressing in order to protect your cat's raw skin from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from your cat's skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.
About Hot Spots, Symptoms & Common Causes:
Although hot spots are a condition that is more often associated with dogs, long-haired or densely-coated felines can also develop this uncomfortable skin problem. Hot spots, also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis, are circular lesions that are most likely to occur on the head, neck, tail or thigh area.
Although a hot spot generally starts as a slight skin tenderness, your cat’s attention to this area (by licking, biting, rubbing or scratching) causes further irritation. Left to his/her own devices, a cat will incessantly lick this area of the body, causing it to become, sequentially: increasingly itchy, red and inflamed, moist, infected, and ulcerated. A highly irritated hot spot will also exhibit hair loss, or discolored fur/hair.
How to Care for a Cat with Hot Spots:
Since hot spot irritation is self-induced, the best remedy is to deter scratching (with a cone) and use a soothing topical cream to manage the itch, discomfort and inflammation. A topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, will also lower your cat’s risk of infection, particularly if their skin is over-irritated. And, of course, treating your cat with an extra dose of TLC (tender loving care) will help him or her to heal more comfortably. Surround your cat with its favorite toys, pillows, etc.
Hot Spots are More Likely to Develop When...
Hot spots can occur anytime, but are more likely to develop during the summer or fall months when the weather is warmer. Humid weather, and sweaty pet skin, attract parasites and insects (who like to grow in warm dark areas, such as under thick fur). Also, with the changing seasons in early September and seeds or sticks falling off trees, outdoor animals are more likely to get burs caught in their fur/hair. So, be careful to groom your pet during these months to minimize mats of hair and shedding. Also, check their skin for unwanted visitors (fleas, insects, ticks), and notice whether they seem to be scratching themselves more frequently than usual. Thoroughly brush densely coated cats or cats where there is an accumulation of mats or shedding hair.