Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What are Hot Spots?

"Hot spots" can result from excessive licking and chewing, usually they are secondary bacterial infections in the raw skin. They can start off looking like a little red area the size of a dime, and quickly spread to become a huge, oozing lesion by the end of the day. Hot spots can be very painful and should get immediate attention.

Work with your veterinarian to identify the underlying cause, whether allergies to fleas, pollen or food, and eliminate it. Many veterinarians prescribe cortisone, an anti-inflammatory steroid, to stop the itch-scratch cycle and antibiotics to fight the infection. But unfortunately, steroids can have serious side effects over an extended period of time. And many topical sprays contain alcohol, lidocaine, hydrocortisone, or other harsh chemical ingredients that can damage, burn or dry out your pet's skin.

A more natural approach is often the most effective. Tea tree oil is a natural healing ingredient that has been used for centuries to protect the skin, reduce inflammation and itching, and clean infected areas. Aloe Vera and Chamomile are soothing ingredients to ease pain and promote healing. 
pawTree's Skin Support Plus is a soothing blend of tea tree oil, aloe vera and chamomile work to treat and ease the discomfort of environmental allergies, hot spots, abrasions and other skin problems in dogs. Skin Support Plus provides gentle, natural and immediate relief of itchy or irritated skin.

The above pictures are from my dog, Cedar. "This is my testimonial for the skin support plus. We went riding Valentines weekend. He ran along side my kids' motorcycles for almost 14-miles and wouldn't stop. Tore his poor legs and paw pads up in the sage brush. I used Skin Support Plus 3x a day for a week and he is all healed! He quit chewing every time I applied it. I will never go without it!" 

For more Testimonials check out this link: pawTree Blog

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