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A Raw Diet Has Been Shown to be Effective in Cases of Hot Spots


Hot Spots, also called acute moist dermatitis, are irritated patches of skin that result from an initial irritation but develop into something much worse by a bacterial infection. The most common places where hot spots form on your dog's neck, hips, head or limbs. The red, moist patches can become very painful and cause oozing, scabbing, matted fur, and loss of fur at the affected area. While hot spots are usually localized to a specific area, treatment must focus on the underlying cause.

Skin Irritations that Can Cause Hot Spots in Dogs

A hot spot can develop when your pup has irritated skin that becomes imbalanced or infected from repeated scratching or gnawing. Any one of the following culprits can be the initial cause of the skin irritation:

  • Food Allergies
  • Abrasions or Cuts
  • Insect Bites
  • Flea allergies
  • Splinters or Thorns
  • Matted Fur
  • Ear Infection
  • Anal Gland Infection
  • Obsessive Chewing or Licking (from boredom or stress)
The warmth and humidity during the summer months can exacerbate open cuts or scrapes on long-haired dogs, especially those with matted fur. Bacteria is commonly introduced by biting, scratching and chewing the site of irritation. Bacterial growth can then cause your dog's immune system to respond with inflammation, redness, itching, heat and pain.

Symptoms of Hot Spots in Dogs

Symptoms of a hot spot may include one or more of the following:

  • Localized Inflammation and Redness of the Affected Area
  • Painful, Itchy Patch of Skin
  • Constant Licking, Scratching or Chewing
  • Oozing Sores or Crusty Scabs
  • Hair Loss with Dry Scaly Skin
  • Moist Matted Fur
  • Foul Odor Coming from Hot Spot Lesion(s)
  • Unusual Aggression Associated with Pain
  • Lethargy or Depression Associated with Pain

Effective Treatments for Your Dog's Hot Spots

Treating Initial Irritation - While some pet owners struggle to identify idiopathic hot spots, most cases can readily be traced back to causes like allergies to food, pollen or fleas that can be controlled with natural raw food diet and flea treatment. Other preventative measures include regular grooming with a shortcut for summertime and introducing chew toys, regular exercise and play to relieve anxiety. The treatment of your dog’s hot spot(s) will depend on the severity of the lesion(s). If your four-legged friend is suffering from large oozing wounds, it is a good idea to take him or her to the vet for professional treatment. Your pet needs your immediate attention to help them get back to their happy, healthy normal life. Here are a number of things you and your vet can do to treat minor hot spots and help prevent a recurrence:

  • Keep the Affected Area Clean - To begin with, any matted fur should be shaved around the wound and surrounding area(s). The lesion will need to be thoroughly cleaned. If cleaning is too painful, take him or her to the vet for necessary sedation. An antimicrobial agent or topical antiseptic should be used directly on the wound to reduce, inhibit or kill harmful microorganisms. Repeat daily, until the wound is healed.
  • Treating Bacterial Infection - Use topical and/or oral antibiotics (prescribed by your vet) to treat dangerous bacterial infections. Antibiotic treatment can last up to 4 weeks, or longer.
  • Medications for Pain and Inflammation - Your veterinarian may prescribe or suggest one, or a combination, of the following medications to treat your pet's canine acute moist dermatitis:
  • NSAIDS - for inflammation reduction and for pain relief.
  • Antihistamines - to control irritation and itchiness.
  • Gentamicin/Betamethasone Spray - for direct, daily treatment.
  • Short-Acting Corticosteroid - a one-time corticosteroid will make your Furry Little Best Friend feel more comfortable and promote healing.
  • Raw Dog Food Diet - A well-proportioned, balanced raw diet includes free-range, antibiotic or hormone free beef and vegetarian fed poultry. Top-quality, energy-packed protein combined with other all-natural ingredients like pesticide-free veggies and fruits promotes optimal healing from within. Steve's Raw Dog Food also includes functional foods like flaxseed, coconut oil and cod liver oil for essential omega 3 fatty acids that are an all-natural treatment for dogs who are prone to skin conditions.

Raw Pet Food to Help Heal Hot Spots

While pet owners recognize the positive effects from feeding their dog or cat a raw pet food diet, the benefits for digestive issues have been the most significant. A balanced raw diet should include mostly high protein meat and other healthy ingredients like fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. With the inclusion of functional foods like flaxseed, coconut oil, and cod liver oil for vital for omega 3 fatty acids, Steve's Raw Pet Food combines the critical ingredients necessary to create an energy-packed meal for your pet that is vital for optimal digestion and overall health. Our pet diets are made from free-range, antibiotic and hormone free beef and vegetarian fed poultry.

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RawPetFood.com is an easy and affordable solution to both treat and prevent future hot spots. We deliver high-quality, organic frozen dog food directly to your front door! We are proud to offer pet-lovers with the best selection of holistic, dietary options from many different companies to help their beloved dogs heal from painful superficial canine pyoderma. Steve's Real Food is pleased to offer pet diets starting at $4.85 per pound with free shipping.