Dog 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 dog's damaged skin from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from your dog's skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.
About Hot Spots, Symptoms & Common Causes:
Hot spots, also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis, are circular lesions that are most likely to occur on the head, neck, tail or thigh area. The initial discomfort of a hot spot is generally caused by some kind of flea or insect bite. In some cases, a hot spot represents an allergic skin reaction to a disagreeable food, medication or household substance. Other potential causes are ear infections, poor grooming habits, or a plant bur stuck in your pet’s fur. For some pets, boredom or stress leads to mindless licking, and a self-induced irritation.
Although a hot spot generally starts as a slight skin tenderness, your dog’s attention to this area (by licking, biting, rubbing or scratching) causes further irritation. Left to his/her own devices, a dog 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 Dog with Hot Spots:
Since hot spot irritation is self-induced, the best remedy is to deter scratching (with a cone or muzzle) 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 dog’s risk of infection, particularly if their skin is over-irritated. And, of course, treating your dog with an extra dose of TLC (tender loving care) will help him or her to heal more comfortably. Surround your dog 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 dogs or dogs prone to an accumulation of mats or shedding hair.