Red, hot, moist, irritated lesions. Generally, they are found on a dog’s head, hip, or chest area, but they can also appear in other places on the body. They can grow rapidly because often dogs will lick, chew, and scratch the hot spot, causing further irritation and damage to the skin.
- Itchy, painful skin
- Continuous licking and/or chewing at site of hot spot
- Swelling of affected area of skin
- Crusty scabs
- Oozing sores
- Dry, scaly skin
- Hair loss
- Foul odor at lesion site
- Get your dog on a varied, balanced, species-appropriate raw food diet.
- Eliminate toxins, including herbicides, pesticides (including over-the-counter flea and tick treatments), toxic cleaning products, and more. By reducing or removing toxins in the environment as much as possible, your dog’s kidneys and liver don’t have to deal with them and get overwhelmed.
- Support your dog with natural modalities when they are going through a hot spot episode. These modalities may include essential oils (lavender is a good choice) and/or colloidal silver.
- Be patient if you make these changes and your dog enters a healing response. Contact a veterinarian if you need additional help.