Treating dog hotspots without resorting to ANTIBIOTICS!

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AS dog lovers, none of us want our dogs to have to suffer painful HOTSPOTS! If you have never experienced this with your dog, than you are one of the lucky ones! Hotspots in dogs are one of the most common skin conditions affecting our dogs and for many dog owners,  just the mention of the word ‘hotspot’ sends fear rushing through our veins!  They’re not only painful, but they’re stressful for all involved.  While you might want to rush off for that antibiotic prescription,  deep down most of us know that this is not the long term answer as antibiotics side effects are well known.

Today I want to share with you how to treat and ultimately overcome hotspots in dogs in a more natural way, thus avoiding those antibiotics.

WHAT ARE HOTSPOTS??

A hotspot (also known as pyotramatic or acute moist dermatitis) is a condition which involves an area of your dog’s skin which has become inflamed and infected. The affected skin often appears as a moist, oozing, reddened area that is painful and very itchy to the dog. Hair loss may also be seen.

Hot spots are created when naturally occurring bacteria on your dog’s skin start to overpopulate, causing an infection.  Causative factors include allergies (including flea allergy) poor grooming (long matted coat or dirt and moisture trapped in thick coats)and even stress. Hotspots, especially when recurring however, are a good indication that your dog’s immune system is out of balance.

ANTIBIOTICS: NOT THE ANSWER!!

Anyone who has even had a dog with a hotspot knows just how SCARY these can be- their bacterial nature means they can appear very quickly and grow at an alarming rate!! So it’s no wonder we are all tempted to rush off for those antibiotics. But these are NOT the answer and of course as I mentioned, antibiotics side effects are well known as being damaging for your dog’s health.  

We are often hearing about antibiotic resistant bacteria – it is not only a serious concern for humans, it is also a rapidly growing problem for our pets. The decision to use antibiotics should never be taken lightly. They should not be prescribed unless absolutely necessary (ie- life threatening situations). Aside from the ability of bacteria to mutate and develop resistance, they do immense damage to your dog’s gut and this has a negative effect on the overall immune response.

Recent research has shown that for many dogs, even just one course of antibiotics can permanently damage and alter the gut and gut flora. This means your dog will be more prone to leaky gut syndrome and allergies.

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IF NOT ANTIBIOTICS, THEN WHAT CAN WE DO?

As hot spots tend to appear suddenly, it’s important to get to treating them right away.  Left untreated they spread FAST!

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STEPS TO TAKE:

First, gently clip away the hair from the hotspot area, leaving around a 1cm margin. Go slowly and gently as hotspots are highly irritated and painful sores. Once you have done this try the following:

 Calendula- this herb is one of the best to use with any skin issue as it has a real affinity to skin and mucous membrane tissues. I recommend it as a spray/wash. If a diluted tincture in spray or wash, use every couple of hours. This has a cooling, soothing and antiseptic effect.

Green tea: Steep 1 or 2 teabags  in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove bags and cool.  Place on affected area for around 5 minutes. Pat dry. Repeat every few hours.

Epsom salts  this  provides almost instant ‘itch relief’.  Dissolve 1/2 cup Epsom Salts in half litre of water. Dab on the area with a cloth soaked in solution. Pat dry properly and repeat as needed up to 4 times daily.

Colloidal silver – this healing silver solution makes an excellent natural antibiotic spray or wash for red inflamed hotspots. Spray the affected area every couple of hours.

NB: Make sure your dog doesn’t chew, lick or scratch the area and this may mean putting a cone collar on or even putting socks on your dog’s feet!

WHILE TOPICAL TREATMENT FOR DOG HOTSPOTS IS IMPORTANT, IDENTIFYING THE ROOT CAUSE IS CRITICAL TO RESOLVING THEM NOW AND ALSO PREVENTING THEM IN THE LONG TERM. Skin conditions (such as hotspots) are never “just skin conditions.” They always have an underlying cause and until this is addressed, they  will just keep coming back.

  • Omega fatty acids are also a major player in the fight against allergies and have been shown to even prevent allergies from developing in some puppies. They are also an excellent way to boost or rebalance your dog’s immune system. Organic cold pressed coconut oil has a similar benefit.
  • As dog hotspots are often a sign of allergies, using chlorophyll and antioxidant rich foods and supplements can really reduce the allergy reaction, as can digestive enzymes. These work to reduce INFLAMMATION , detox and balance the system and reduce allergy symptoms.

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  • Probiotics: because ANY skin problem has some connection to a digestive imbalance, using a probiotic supplement will help to rebalance the gut flora’s gut and this helps balance the immune system and reduce allergy symptoms. I believe in cases such as hotspots you really need to give a high strength supplement, at least 10 billion live bacteria per serve and make sure it is one that is dairy free and requires refrigeration. I would give for at least 4 weeks.

 

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  • Feed a raw organic diet where possible - while you can always make a raw diet yourself,I love the quality and convenience of The Complete Meal .
  • Try also to reduce chemical exposure as much as possible.
  • If your dog suffers from anxiety, there are a range of natural supplements and herbs that can reduce and manage anxiety.
  • Make sure too that you are regularly brushing out your dogs coat to maintain coat and skin health.

So you can see that by following these steps you can not only can overcome dog hotspots and  avoid those antibiotics side effects but you can help prevent or avoid them altogether in the future. Long term results come when you implement a natural plan that works to build your dog’s digestive and immune system so you can ultimately avoid hotspots all together!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post on TREATING DOG HOTSPOTS WITHOUT RESORTING TO ANTIBIOTICS! Remember to leave a comment below and subscribe to my YouTube channel to receive the latest happy healthy dog  tips straight to your inbox!