If you notice your dog constantly chewing, scratching, or licking himself, make note. This could lead to the unsightly and uncomfortable most, red, itchy spots commonly found on dogs known as hot spots or moist dermatitis. Often times, this infection can be cause for a vet visit, but before you’re overcome with worry, just know that there are things you can do to help your furry friend at home! We promise, as far as dog skin conditions go, it’s not as bad as it seems.
Understanding dog hot spots
A little warning in advance: this isn’t the most pleasant of topics, so the squeamish should be advised because the description of this dog skin infection is a little gross.
When a hot spot develops, the infected skin becomes moist, red, and and itchy. The affected skin will then begin to ooze pus. When that dries, the damaged skin will crust over, which could also cause hair loss. Unfortunately, this is often very painful for dogs, and you might notice signs of pain when you touch your dog on that traumatized area.
Common causes for hot spots
There are various reasons for why your dog may develop the incessant need to bite or itch at his skin. They include:
- Flea or bug bites
- Matted fur that’s trapping moisture in the skin
- Environmental allergies such as pollen or mold
- Food allergies
Fortunately, the infection caused by hot spots typically remain superficial, meaning that topical treatment is often all that is needed to heal your poor pooch.
Coconut oil for dog hot spot treatment
Coconut oil can be used in a couple of ways to help treat dog hot spots. The first is internally. If your dog often develops yeast infections, adding coconut oil to his diet can help. Remember, coconut oil is entirely safe for your dog to ingest, and can be delivered in a variety of ways. We suggest you give them so by making homemade dog treats!
External treatment is also an option. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which has antibacterial properties. Because of this and the anti-inflammatory nature of coconut oil, your dog may see relief and results when you apply it directly to the affected skin.