Preventing Hot Spots on Dogs
We have a few tips for you about preventing hot spots on dogs.
You can prevent hot spots by keeping the hair clipped short during summer, bath frequently with medicated baths and use a strict flea control program. If hot spots occur around the ears, cleaning the ears regularly can be helpful.
Below are some of the most common causes of Hot Spots:
- Allegies: inhalant or food allergies
- Mites: like sarcoptic mange or cheyletiella
- Ear infections
- Poor grooming
- Arthritis and other degenerative joint disease
- anal gland disease
There are some things you might be interested in knowing, and we just want to share it with you.
The most important determining factor in the healthy skin/coat equation is proper nutrition. No matter what else may be affecting the skin, such as allergies, infections, harsh environment, or parasites, the problem will be worse in a dog that is only barely meeting its nutrient requirements. Dogs and cats are primarily meat eaters. They will act, feel and look their best if the first ingredient on the label is meat, poultry, or fish. Diets based on grains such as corn will not properly nourish dogs and cats.
There are other reasons why a dog might be giving an unpleasant odor. It can indicate certain health conditions such as a staph infection or other bacterial infections that may require attention from your vet.