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Acute Moist Dermatitis on Dogs and Cats - Hot Spots on Dogs and Cats

Acute Moist Dermatitis (Hot Spots) on Dogs and Cats
Pet supplements to help Acute Moist Dermatitis (Hot Spots) on Dogs and Cats

Herbal and marine nutrition to help address hot spots (acute moist dermatitis) on dogs and cats. 

Nutrition is critical to help support skin, coat and bone health in your dog and cats. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a balanced immune system and evidence of critical nutritional support given to related tissues, organs and systems in the body. Herbal and marine extracts may help provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals that nourish healthy skin and coat, help reinforce the skin’s ability to withstand wounds, environmental exposure to toxins, allergens, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial, viral and fungal in nature.

The common term for moist dermatitis and acute moist dermatitis is known as hot spots. Hot spots often plague our dogs and cats, especially animals with long hair, thick, dense undercoats and pets who do not get fed a high quality diet or are not regularly groomed. Hot spots can also occur on animals with short hair and on both dogs and cats.

Hot spots are typically associated with skin inflammation or infection that may include moist, raw, circular-shaped lesions which can appear red, ooze, painful and itchy, causing your pet a lot of pain and discomfort.

A hot spot infection can be superficial or deep, and seem to appear suddenly and can also rapidly spread to other areas on the body. Hot spots are typically found on the chest, hips legs and feet. Hair loss (alopecia) is also common with hot spots. An animal’s hair can also mat over the lesion, obscuring the size and degree of the problem. Animals with hot spots tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, which further irritate the skin. 

Dog and cat hot spots are often caused by allergies, which can be related to many factors, including food (often due to fillers, inferior proteins, corn, wheat, soy, preservatives and chemical additives); toxin exposure to products often used in the house such as dryer sheets, carpet fresheners, scented candles and room deodorizers; something inhaled or touched in their environment; flea, mite, tick or mosquito bites and flea allergies; external or internal parasites; ear infections; poor grooming or lack of grooming; matted coat; cuts, wounds or infections; infected anal gland disorders and degenerative joint disease.

Animals can also injure themselves due to anxiety driven behavior related to stress, anxiety, fear, boredom or loneliness, and upon scratching and biting themselves, they create lesions. If the lesions are untreated, they can become infected and spread to other areas of the body.

Some breeds of animals appear to be more disposed, including dogs and cats with lighter (white) coats; immuno compromised animals and certain dog breeds such as St. Bernard’s and Golden Retrievers.

If your pet bites, scratches, licks or lunges at a specific area, he or she is likely a hot spot (or allergic reaction). If you suspect your pet suffers from hot spots, see your vet. Diagnostic tests such as a microscopic examination of skin scrapings may be taken to rule out other conditions and confirm the diagnosis.

Often, it's difficult to isolate the exact reason hot spots present. One of the most common triggers leading to hot spots is food allergies (particularly related to commercial foods that contain corn, wheat, soy, meat by-products, preservatives, additives and colorants). 

Helpful ways to help prevent hot spots:

Feed your pet a grain-free, holistic diet free of corn, wheat, soy, preservatives, additives or colorants

Always provide fresh, clean filtered water to cleanse the body’s system and avoid dehydration

Support immune health by adding immune boosting supplements such as Pets Love Turmeric or Vitamin Ninja. 

Use a natural product to detox your pet annually to help rid of unwanted toxins

Limit toxin exposure for your pet by not using scented candles, scented dryer sheets, room deodorizers, perfumes and other unnatural scents, which can trigger allergic reactions

Keep pets well groomed by brushing and clipping or shaving heay coats during summer months

Brush dogs and cats with thick coats daily

Bathe your pet regularly with a dog or cat specific formulated shampoo (Do not use human shampoos!)

Apply a natural flea repellent like Flea, Tick & Pest Meal Topper regularly on your pet to ward off fleas and ticks or use a flea repelling herb such as non-activated Brewer's Yeast (Baby Love Bits)

Avoid exposing your pet to irritants outside of the house such as de-icers, fertilizers or pesticides

Keep your pet’s bowls, dishes and bedding clean by disinfecting regularly

If your pet is prone to hot spots around the ears, clean the ears regularly and if near the anal glands, express anal glands

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are useful in addressing symptoms of hot spots and acute moist dermatitis as they contain natural anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine plant components; help provide critical nutritional support; help reduce inflammation, lesions, itching, scratching and biting: help limit mast cell and histamine triggers; help boost or balance immunity as needed;  help provide nutritional support to skin, coat and skeletal system; help support overall health and wellness and are gentle but effective alternatives to relieve itching, scratching, biting, redness, infection and may help restore damage skin and coat health. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bites, infections, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Life’s An Itch Meal Topper – (learn more)  is used holistically for its nutritional content may help address symptoms related to all types of acute and chronic allergies (including Acute Moist, Atopic, Contact, Environmental and Food Allergies; natural plant chemicals are proven to help relieve and help eliminate food allergies AND allergy sensitivities; may help limit inflammatory response and help cool histamine and mast activation and cell response in the animal body; adaptogen content may help limit and potentially help disable allergen triggers once an allergy has occurred by disabling protein production related to allergen triggers; may help dismantle the itch/scratch cycle; adaptogen content may help boost or balance immunity as needed and help address chronic reoccurring respiratory infections such as bronchitis or asthma; may help address and provide relief to symptoms related to hot spots, skin rashes, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, rubbing, foot chewing, biting, fur pulling, pain and inflammation by working from the inside out to help cool allergen response. Contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antioxidant & decongestant plant properties; safe for all life stages of dogs and cats. 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore funcions) immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will perform a physical examination and may also recommend shaving off the surrounding hair, allowing air and medication to be applied; cleansing and disinfecting (sedation may be required); recommend an anti-inflammatory, anti-antibiotics, painkillers, topical drying sprays, flea, tick and parasite medication and/or Elizabethan collars to prevent contact through itching, scratching and rubbing. 

Your vet may also suggest supplements that contain essential fatty acids, steroids and anti-histamines. 

 

 



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