Itchy Dogs and Hot Spots
If your dog is itchy, they can develop hot spots. Hot spots are no fun for dogs. The sooner they are treated, the better for your furbaby.
In case you are unfamiliar with “hot spots”, they are hot, red, itchy spots on a dog’s body. “Hot spots” can be caused by allergies, health-related issues, fleas, environmental causes, food allergies, matted or dirty fur, or frequent exposure to moisture. When dogs have itchy skin, they lick and scratch themselves repeatedly to relieve the discomfort, causing “hot spots” or sores on their skin. If “hot spots” are left untreated, an infection could occur. The sooner you treat them, the better.
If detected early enough, bathing and topical treatments could be used in home care, however If at any time your dog’s symptoms do not ease or if symptoms become worse, call your veterinarian.
Bathing and Topical Treatments
Keeping your pet clean is a good first step in easing itchiness. Regular bathing is good for your dog and rinses allergens off the skin.
A good bath using high quality hydrating dog body wash or itch relief dog body wash and conditioner, soothes your dog and eases itching. Topical treatments such as Spina Organics Miracolo Oil Hot Spot Treatment provide relief and begin the healing process.
To prevent scratching, biting, chewing or reinjuring the hot spot, an Elizabethan collar (E-collar) should be worn by your dog. We recommend the more comfortable inflatable E-collar as opposed to the traditional clear plastic “cone of shame”. In our experience, dogs generally seem more comfortable and less stressed when wearing the inflatable E-collar. The E-collar should be worn until the hot spot is healed.
Trim the fur around the hot spot. Clean the area daily using a washcloth and a small amount of hydrating dog body wash and water. Rinse well and dry with a towel. Apply the topical treatment daily according to the directions. The hot spot should begin to heal, becoming less red every day until it is completely healed.
Recently, our chocolate Labrador retriever, Abbie became itchy and developed a hot spot. Thankfully, we caught it early and were able to treat her at home. We used Spina Organics Itch Relief Dog Body Wash and Fur Detangler Leave-In Conditioner to soothe and cleanse her fur. We trimmed the fur around the hot spot and kept it clean. Daily application of Spina Organics Miracolo Oil eased her itching as she healed. She wore an inflatable E-collar to prevent reinjury. After a few days, Abbie’s hot spot was healed.
Spina Organics Miracolo Oil
Spina Organics’ Miracolo Oil is enriched with a healing blend of botanical extracts and essential oils that are carefully mixed to heal small wounds and irritated itchy spots. It utilizes a high concentration of vitamin E, offering a 100% natural, vegan, unscented solution for hot spots, hives, and dry skin.
Spina Organics Itch Relief Dog Body Wash
Rich in botanicals and essential vitamins, Spina Organics Itch Relief Dog Body Wash uses Ginger root and Wasabi Japanese extracts to gently cleanse away impurities and restore the skin’s pH balance without stripping away the fur’s natural oils.
Spina Organics Fur Detangler and Leave-In Conditioner
Enriched with Argan and Moringa oils, Spina Organics 'Leave-In Conditioner' eliminates tangles and leaves fur static-free.
KONG Cloud™ Inflatable E-Collar
The KONG Cloud™ E-Collar is soft, comfortable, and a less stressful way to help keep pets safe while they heal.
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