Having itchy irritated hot spots is no walk in the dog park. Hot spots (otherwise known as acute moist dermatitis) are inflamed, infected areas of your dog’s skin caused by excessive licking, scratching, flea infestation, allergies, or tangled and matted fur.
What are the symptoms of hot spots on dogs?
Hot spots symptoms are characterized by redness, oozing, itchiness, and hair loss. While not a serious condition, hot spots are uncomfortable for your dog and may be a recurring issue based on your dog’s activities, diet, and fur. Aloe Vera can be used as a topical remedy on your dog’s fur and coat to soothe and heal your dog’s itchy hot spots.
Before you try to treat hot spots on your own, it is important to talk with your vet to determine the right treatment plan. According to the American Kennel Club, skin conditions can sometimes be symptoms of a larger issue, so talk to your vet to rule out any more serious problems. After consulting with your vet you may decide on Aloe Vera as a treatment option. Applying Aloe Vera on your dog’s infected hot spots can give them some much-needed relief fast.
Aloe Vera can be applied to your pet’s skin in the following steps:
1. Carefully trim the fur away from the severely affected hot spots on your dog's body.
2. Soak a clean washcloth in cool water. Gently cleanse the hot spots.
3. Apply a thin layer of 100% pure Aloe Vera gel to the hot spots. For added relief, add a drop of essential oil of lavender or tea tree oil to the aloe vera gel.
4. Repeat this process every day, once or twice a day, until the hot spots begin to heal.
5. Once or twice a week, give your dog a cool bath with a dog shampoo infused with Aloe Vera and colloidal oatmeal. Apply the Aloe Vera gel to its hot spots after it is dry.
What should I do if my dog licked the Aloe Vera gel?
It is important to practice caution when using Aloe Vera. NEVER use it internally on your dog or allow your pet to ingest it. If your dog accidentally licks or ingests Aloe Vera, carefully monitor his behavior for potential side effects. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog starts vomiting, has diarrhea, or stops eating.
After treatment, the hot spots should heal themselves without further issue.
If your dog’s hot spots are a recurring issue, you should consider if an underlying problem may be causing them. Ensure that your dog is protected from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. Check with your vet if there are any food allergies that your dog could have or if they have a high-stress level.
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