It’s summer time, and your dog may be feeling hot! But if it’s hotspots we’re talking, then there’s more to be concerned about. In fact, hotspots have nothing to do with heat, but rather, they are skin irritations that cause incessant licking or scratching by the dog. Our vet friends call it “acute moist dermatitis,” but there’s nothing cute about it. They look something like the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, and they can get out of hand quickly... pretty darn uncomfortable if you ask us!
Hotspots are often caused by allergic reactions, overdue grooming, mites or fleas, other skin or ear problems, even licking or chewing brought on by stress. Bottom line: hotspots are a serious bummer for your pooch.
Matted, dirty coats tend to bring on hotspots, so the best and easiest way to assure your pup doesn’t get hotspots is to keep his fur clean and combed out. Here are a few easy-peasy tips in keeping hotspots off your dog:
· Keep up with a flea control program.
· Maintain a scheduled monthly care appointment for skin, coat, ears, nails and teeth. Our Scenthound Essential Care Pack covers all of that.
· Make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise, play and interaction to prevent boredom and stress!
You may also want to consider having your dog’s hair a bit shorter in the summer months, as dogs with long, thick coats are more prone to hot spots (we’re looking at you, Pomeranian). Our awesome techs at Scenthound Plus Scenters can help with your grooming needs too, in addition to our Essential Care Pack. We can also recommend products to keep your dog’s locks at their best. After all, we’re here to help keep your bestie happy and healthy!