As any pet parent who has experienced them knows, severe skin conditions, including “Hot Spots”, can be very challenging to deal with. We can see that our best friends are uncomfortable, but it’s hard to know how to best give them relief.
Dog skin problems can range from minor to major, with Hot Spots being one of the most severe.
What are Hot Spots, and what causes them?
Canine Hot Spots are red, inflamed skin lesions also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis or acute moist dermatitis.
Our Veterinarian Experts tell us that a Hot Spot starts with an initial skin irritation. That original irritation can have many different causes:
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies (like human allergies)
- Flea bites
- Poor hygiene
- Excessive licking caused by boredom or stress
- Skin irritations from chemical-based bathing products (i.e., not TrueBlue!)
But whatever the initial cause, the irritation can become much worse from scratching and licking the affected area. The licking leaves the area moist, which can slow the healing process and lead to much worse dermatitis. Scratching continues to traumatize and enlarge the affected area.
When a dog licks the sore spot, the surface-level nerve endings in the skin get stimulated. This stimulation causes itching followed by more licking, biting, and scratching. This lick-itch-lick cycle is the basis for the self-trauma that causes hot spots. Hot spots can dramatically increase in size in a very short period of time. Pet parents may go to work after noticing a pin-point area of redness and come home at the end of the day to find a raw lesion the size of a pancake.
So what can be done to alleviate severe skin conditions and Hot Spots?
We’ve actually been working on a Hot Spot treatment for many years at TrueBlue.
Traditionally, the most effective Hot Spot products used either cortisone to reduce inflammation and /or lidocaine to stop scratching. But because these are not natural ingredients, that was never an option for us at TrueBlue. In fact, none of the products we tested eliminated 100% of the licking and we don't want our pets ingesting all those chemicals.
We’ve been working on all-natural formulas for years, but previous formulations weren’t providing the kind of results that we expect. We’re proud to be known for all-natural products that “work”.
And we’ve finally solved the puzzle.
We’ve created a spray that incorporates full-spectrum CBD oil with other great natural ingredients like Raspberry Seed Oil and Coconut Oil, to soothe and help repair the skin. We call it TrueBlue Healing Hemp Skin Repair. While it’s not a magic bullet, we've seen consistent results in comparison tests with other chemically-based products. We also want to discourage the pet from constantly licking and biting the affected area. So we added a powerful all-natural bittering agent.
The most important key is to identify any underlying conditions that are causing the hot spots. Timely detection and treatment is also essential. You want to stop the lick-itch-lick cycle early to prevent any permanent damage.