Hot spots occur as single, intensely itchy lesions resulting from self-inflicted trauma to the skin. These lesions can appear within minutes and predominantly occur when allergic reactions within the skin cause a sensation of itchiness or pain. The dog attempts to alleviate the hot spot by licking, chewing, or scratching which leads to trauma and further inflammation to the skin.
The most common causes for hot spot development in dogs are allergic conditions associated with: flea allergies, atopy, food allergy, parasites mange, anal gland problems, clipping and grooming which can cause localized inflammation of the skin, or skin infection. Yeast infections, drug reactions, and autoimmune disorders are less commonly the cause of hot spots.
Regardless of the subsequent choices for topical and/or systemic treatment of the hot spot, all the fur covering and immediately surrounding the lesion must be clipped or shaved. In many cases, sedation or a topical anesthetic is required to perform this task because of the sensitivity and pain associated with the lesion. Once the hair is removed, the lesion is gently washed with an antimicrobial shampoo such as Universal Medicated Shampoo by Vet Solutions. Care should be taken to ensure that all residual soap is removed and the lesion should be gently patted dry. Many dogs need to wear a protective device, such as an Elizabethan collar, to prevent incessant chewing, licking or scratching that will produce further trauma to the hot spot and delay healing.
Dogs that recover from hot spots frequently go on to develop recurring lesions related to the primary underlying cause i.e. allergy, parasites, etc.. Therefore, identification and elimination of the factors that contribute to hot spot formation are essential for controlling the development of these lesions.
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