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Hot Spots (Skin Infection, Acute Moist Dermatitis)Pet supplements to help treat hot spots, skin allergies and infections in dogs and cats.

Herbal and marine remedies for the treatment of hot spots (acute moist dermatitis) and skin infection in dogs and cats. 

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body and herbal and marine extracts provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes and trace minerals that provide skin support, help to maintain the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Hot spots are also referred to as moist dermatitis and acute moist dermatitis, and are a common skin condition found in dogs and cats with long hair or thick, dense undercoats but can also occur on animals with short hair. Hot spots are typically characterized by a localized area of skin inflammation or infection that may include moist, raw, circular-shaped lesions which are inflamed. Infected areas can appear red, ooze, painful and itchy, causing your pet a lot of discomfort.

The infection can be superficial or deep, are painful, can appear quickly and can grow at an alarming rate. Hot spots are typically found on the head, along the chest and over the hip area. Hair loss is commonly present. 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 include food, something inhaled or touched in their environment; flea, mite, tick or mosquito bites, external or internal parasites, ear infections, poor grooming or lack of grooming, injury, cuts, wounds or infections, anal gland disorders and degenerative joint disease.

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

Some breeds of animals are at greater risk. Animals with lighter (white) coats appear to have a higher risk; immuno compromised animals and certain dog breeds such as St. Bernard’s, Golden Retrievers and young dogs may be predisposed to hot spots.

If your pet bites, scratches, licks or lunges at an affected area, he or she is likely a hot spot (or allergic reaction). If you suspect your pet suffers from hot spots, contact your holistic veterinarian so a determination can be made as to possible cause. The diagnosis of hot spots is based on the symptoms presented, a physical examination and medical history. Diagnostic tests such as a microscopic examination of skin scrapings may be taken to rule out other conditions and confirm the diagnosis.

In some cases, it is difficult to isolate the exact cause of hot spots. One of the most common triggers leading to hot spots is food allergies (particularly related to commercial foods that contain corn, wheat, soy, meat byproducts, preservatives, additives and colorants). Other causes include environmental allergies to commercial pet shampoo, dryer sheets and carpet and rug deodorizers, flea allergy or infestation, matted coat, lack of grooming, infected anal glands and stress.

Suggested ways to prevent hot spots

Feed grain-free, holistic food, free of corn, wheat, soy and chemical additives and preservatives

Have your animal groomed regularly

Keep home stress (and all environments) to a minimum

Ensure your pet gets plenty of exercise and play time

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies useful for hot spots and acute moist dermatitis; to reduce inflammation, lesions, itching, scratching and biting: to boost immunity; to support overall health and wellness and are gentle but effective alternatives to relieve itching, scratching, biting, redness, infection and to restore skin and coat health. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophagitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides 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).

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help  repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, insect bites, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, both bacterial and viral, containing a natural antibiotic base capable of fighting skin bacteria related to Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona Aeruginosa and Propionibacterium acnes.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophagitis (GERD, reflux), 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. 

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

There are a number of ways to prevent episodes of hot spots on dogs and cats and these include:

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

Keep your pet well groomed by ensuring that his hair is clipped or shaved short, especially during summer

Brush dogs and cats with thick coats daily

Bathe your pet regularly with a medicated shampoo

Apply a natural flea repellent regularly on your pet to ward off fleas and ticks (Shoo-Tags are a good suggestion)

Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, smoke, household detergents, fertilizer or pesticides

Clean your home thoroughly by vacuuming carpets and dusting furniture to ease both you and your pet’s respiratory allergies

Keep your pet’s living 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

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

Detox your pet regularly to get rid of unwanted toxins

At Home Remedies:

A black or green tea compress can be applied to lesions to dry the area. You can also cool compress (clean, cold cloth) any lesions a few times during the day.

You may want to contact a specialty retailer that carries truly all, natural, holistic dog and cat shampoos to keep the lesions clean and free of infection.

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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