Monday, May 24, 2010
Help, I have a Hot Spot!
What are hot spots?
A hot spot is a localized area of skin irritation and infection. Hot spots can appear on any area of an animal's body, but are frequently found around the neck and ears or hind end of an animal. Hot spots are often referred to as pyotraumatic dermatitis which is a self traumatic condition where your dog or cat may be contributing to the actual development. There is often an underlying condition that needs to be treated in addition to the hot spot to decrease the possibility of reoccurrance. Causes range from an allergic reaction to an insect bite to a bacterial skin infection, or an ear infection and even poor grooming habits. Highly matted cats are more likely to get a hot spot that can become seriously infected before being detected.
Warm, moist environments tend to increase the likelihood of your pet starting a hot spot. Be sure to keep "Lucky" brushed and mat free and start treatment right away if you see a hot spot forming on your pet.
Posted by Joan VanDewater at 12:42 AM