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Dog Hot Spot

Bernie the Bernese Mountain dog visited us with a Hot spot on his leg.

A hot spot is officially known as Moist Dermatitis, hot spots are found anywhere on the body and can increase in size very quickly. Your dog will experience them as itchy and sometimes painful patches and will often try to soothe hot spots with scratching, licking or biting.

Treatment for a hot spot is to :

Clip and clean – clipping the fur around your dog’s hot spot will allow air to reach it and speed up recovery.

Medication - such as steroids (to reduce inflammation), and antibiotics (to fight infection) - these may come as cream or tablets.

It’s important to be aware that antibiotics aren’t necessary for every hot spot, your vet will advise what is best for your pet.

Prevent licking/nibbling/scratching - you will need to stop your dog licking their hot spot by using a buster collar, protective body suit or an old t-shirt.

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