Superficial pyoderma or pyotraumatic dermatitis popularly known as dog hot spots refer to infected or inflamed skin on dogs. Like humans, dogs also get skin infections and ailments. Chronic dog hot spots are a good example of common skin infections affecting dogs.
The skin infection causes skin irritation which begins with a scratch, itch or lick and then results in a wet scab. If a dog repeatedly licks, chews or scratches that very spot, the skin becomes inflamed and infected. Let’s now take a look at effective ways of preventing chronic dog hot spots.
Preventing chronic Dog Hot Spots
1. Change dog food: Preventing hot spots on dogs is simply about understanding what causes the hot spots and tackling these causes. In most cases, dog hot spots are caused by allergic reactions to food or the environment. Some common foods known to cause dog allergies include; pork, wheat, corn and soy. In case you feed your dog with any of the above foods regularly, you need to find alternative foods. If the hot spots heal or stop recurring, you will have solved/prevented the problem.
2. Control fleas: Fleas are also known to cause dog hot spots. You must therefore consider controlling fleas if your dog has hot spots. The best way of controlling fleas is spraying your dog regularly. You should also make a point of washing your dog regularly i.e. at least 2 times a week to control fleas among other insects especially if your dog has sensitive skin.
3. Trim your dog’s fur: This is another effective way of preventing chronic dog hot spots especially if your dog has thick fur. Thin fur reduces heat loss which in turn reduces skin irritations known to trigger scratching and cause dog hot spots. Grooming your dog properly also prevents fleas and other insects from hiding in your dog’s fur and causing hot spots.
4. Control your dog’s weight: You can also prevent dog hot spots by controlling your dog’s weight. Overweight dogs have a problem dispelling body heat as mentioned above. This in turn increases the chances of your dog getting hot spots. If your dog is overweight, you should try food rationing. You can also consider dog exercises.
In summary, dog hot spots are as a result of causative agents being ignored. You should therefore focus on addressing the causes of dog hot spots as a preventative measure. The above measures can also cure hot spots on dogs.