Hot Spots in the German Shepherd – Hot Spots – Hot Spot Care


hi everybody this is Debbie for total dash german shepherd.com and today i want to talk to you about one aspect of owning a German Shepherd and especially one issue that’s just very common with these dogs and it’s called hot spots now you may also hear it called by a lot of different names such as moister matatus acute moister matatus or maybe even summer sores but all these terms are used to describe a symptom or scuse me a very number of skin problems which are very common in the German Shepherd now anything that happens that you know irritates or breaks the skin of the dog can create an environment that’s just absolutely perfect for bacterial contamination y’all bear with me and if any of the dog skin surface has just a bit of moisture on it and this is just perfect to allow the bacteria to spread so typically these circular patches will lose hair they’ll be swollen they’ll be warm to the touch they’ll be smelly and concerning you know as far as the dog is concerned they’ll be itchy and very painful to touch now also this moist raw skin does disorder that’s a lot of different causes but the most common factor seems to be bacteria now the affected dog will feel compelled to scratch lick bite or just whatever it takes to to make that area just just quit eating so skin redness boozie boozie Ness if it’s painful to the touch there may also be itching this you know the dog is going to scratch scratch scratch lick bite you whatever it can these are all homework signs that your dog has a hot spot now untreated these areas can easily lead you know even the most even-tempered of dogs to bite you if you’re trying to mess with them so these lesions are incredibly itchy they include massive amounts of scratching licking and rubbing by your dog now these painful sores can happen in just a matter of hours – with no warning whatsoever so any dog can develop these but those dogs that are most acceptable are those dogs that occasionally or excuse me have problems with allergies or ear infections flea infestations they have really really heavy coats they might have irritated anal sacs or who knows even grooming problems such as hair mats and dogs that live in humid climates are much more prone to develop hot spots – especially when they’re shedding their under coats and especially if they’re not groomed thoroughly so if the underlying cause is tangled or matted hair or trapped dead hair in your dog’s coat the first thing you want to do is you want to put that dog on a regular and a very thorough thorough grooming schedule to help reduce this problem so a few of the most helpful hints to to do or to use to help avoid hot spots in the first place or to increase increase the amount of grooming sessions with your dog you want to remove all the shedding undercoat and you want to be careful also that when you are doing this that you’re not bearing down too hard so that you’re scraping or damaging the dog’s skin by just putting too much pressure on that coat you know into the skin area you want to leave the skin you want to get rid of the hair so don’t scrape off the skin trying to get to the hair cuz you’re just adding more problems you know more discomfort to your dog so just be very careful when you are grooming them you know get rid of the hair but leave the skin also dentin coats are another problem Koster so if your dog goes swimming or place in the pool or whatever you want to make sure you rinse your dog off with clean water and dry their coat as thoroughly as possible with towels or even a hair dryer that’s set on a cool setting in other things you might want to think about you see natural products such as things that contain a chamomile tea tree oil or even aloe vera and these can help clear up a lot of hot spots well and you know as well in just a few days now there seems to be no just one single cause for developing these cg spots however the problem can also be associated with a lot of things such as surface skin infections clipper rash irritants of various kinds foreign objects that it you know gotten in the coat somehow as well as trauma or even allergies and the most common area for dogs to get hot spots seems to be the rump legs feed and flanks and these are all areas to that the dog can easily reach but there are also places that these dogs need infections or hot spot sets such as on their back on their ears neck chest and there’s there’s just a lot of areas anyway your dog can scratch or you know bite or chew you know these are just very very good places for your dog to get a hot spot because of course they can work on if they can they can scratch an itch and chew and bite and lick and whatever it takes to kind of take care of that achievement that they’re feeling now in order to treat these hot spots the first thing you need to do is you need to treat that sore and you need to remove the underlying cost to help you know prevent it from reoccurring so some of the things that suggested excuse me some of the suggested methods to get rid of these things first of all I would trim the hair around that sore you know be very careful but trim all the hair you can around that sword so we can get plenty of air you know they’ll be airflow to that infection area and also you want to dry out the hot spot in to get like I said before get air into that infected area but there are a lot of things on the market that you can buy to put on the hot spot to help dry it out but basically you just want to to make sure that it gets plenty of air and that you can keep your eye on it to make sure that the dog is just not also cleaning it too much next you want to once you get the hair trimmed out and you get in the area so that’s you can actually see it pretty well you want to wash it with a mild water-based astringent or maybe an antiseptic other things you can do to make it feel good for the dog you can use cool compresses you know you can apply these several times a day you can also use medications such as oral antibiotics you can use you know topical drying sprays for the for the hot spot there are also a lot of special shampoos that are on the market your vet may give you antibiotics or even a cortisone shot to help you know depending on the actual severity of those hot spots and in severe cases your better-known may even you know suggest you using a be think Elizabethan collar to help your dog you know to help prevent it from having fruit future issues with self-mutilation mutilation well it’s been a long day and to help give that spot a chance to heal completely without your dog messing with it so if your dog needs any kind of veterinary help you know for any kind of skin lesion or hot spot don’t delay in making that call and take care of as quickly as possible now if you’ve got any kind of questions about the German Shepherd or puppies or if you want to get you know more articles to read if you want to watch videos if you want to see some pictures or just whatever we’d love to have 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