‘Hot spots’ frequently affect dogs.
These areas of itchy dermatitis (see example in the photo) can drive an animal (and its owner) crazy from the scratching they cause. Our dog, a Shetland collie, developed a number of them on his back and abdomen (like the lesions in the photo) and abdomen, so I Googled for an answer to the problem.
One dog owner suggested the following:
- Trim the area around the hot spot.
- Clean the area and pat dry.
- Apply hydrocortisone spray or hydrocortisone cream (not good for a licking dog).
- Prevent the dog from biting, licking or scratching the area by putting a plastic cone around its neck.
- When all else fails take the animal to the vet. (Expensive).
This photograph is of another dog with hot spots.
The dog-carer's approach seemed a little complicated, so I sprayed a little wheatgrass extract over Ollie's hot spots instead. Initially, he resisted, but in a few minutes he was lying comfortably on his back, legs splayed, fast asleep. The scratching ceased almost immediately and after a couple of days the “spots” were no longer.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.