Doing Battle with Hot Spots
Seven Helpful Tips
Every Spring as the pollen starts to emerge, my dogs come down with a skin irritation known as the dreaded Hot Spot!
|This is a week old spot on Daisy|
|Hot Spot First Aid Station!|
Tip Number 2: As soon as you detect it, cut away the fur so that you have at least a 1 inch margin around the area. I know you might be reluctant to do this at first because it will be ugly and it will take time for the hair to grow back. But trust me in the long run, it will be worth it to have done it so you can quit worrying over this spot. The alternative might be to become like the character in Macbeth shouting "OUT DAMN SPOT!" I have tried that too ...no luck haha.
|Blue scissors for Pets, Black scissors from Sally's|
|Love the spray!|
Tip 5: Call your vet if it seems to be growing in size or does not improve. He or she will probably prescribe an oral antibiotic and in some cases an oral steroid like Prednisone.
Tip 6: Keep at it everyday! You might be tempted to let a few days lapse an let nature try to heal it. Maybe? but it has never worked for me.
Think "ANTI" in your approach to healing. The big 3 are: antibiotic, anti inflammatory, antiseptic. You can also throw in antiitch too.
|Hot Spot almost healed!|
In my next post, I will discuss some natural remedies that I like and have found effective.
Disclaimer: Call your Vet first, I am not a Vet, nor did I sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. This should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical attention for your pet.
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