General Dermatitis, often referred to as hot spots on dogs, is a very frequent problem found in dogs. It proves challenging to take care of, as there may be many causes of hot spots on dogs. Signs of hot spots on dogs range from reddening of the skin to extreme, persistent open sores with thickening of the skin, hair loss and odor. This also makes their immune system weaker, and therefore more prone to fleas and ticks too. Recent studies suggest chemical flea and tick controls also reduce the overall health and immune system of dogs, so using a natural flea spray can safely be used instead.
Since the skin reflects the health of the internal organs and immune system, hot spots on dogs are actually secondary to other chronic diseases such as intestinal disorders and allergies. Oral and topical remedies for hot spots on dogs are geared towards reducing swelling of the skin and strengthening the body's defense mechanisms. There are also holistic digestive support products that can help with cleansing the liver and kidneys.
Traditional treatment options for hot spots on dogs consist of antihistamines, oral and topical steroids, and avoidance of allergens. Holistic treatments for hot spots on dogs consist of altering the animals diet, herbal skin tonic remedies, avoidance of allergens, the addition of digestive support supplements, nutritional supplements containing essential fatty acids (omega 3,6,9), essential minerals, herbs and antioxidants.