Category Archives: Dog Health

Pictures of Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot spot on Golden Retriever
Photo by Kalumet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hot spots on English bulldog
Photo by Uwe Gille (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hot spot on dog (Photo: Moria)

According to the owner of the dog above:
“This is apparently what can happen when you use Vectra 3D on a dog with sensitive skin…. [Read more →]

Dog Hot Spot Treatment

Dog hot spot treatment involves:

  • treating the lesion, and
  • treating the underlying cause.

Treating lesion

  • Trim the hair around the lesion area. Hot spot heals faster when exposed to air.
  • Clean the area with a mild antiseptic solution.
  • Apply topical corticosteroid/antibiotic to the affected area to alleviate itchiness and inflammation.
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What are Hot Spots on Dogs?

Hot spots on dogs are bacterial infections of the skin. It is also known as acute moist dermatitis and pyrotraumatic dermatitis.

What causes of hot spots on dogs?

Hot spots develop as your dog chews, licks or scratches an itchy or irritated area of the skin, which then becomes infected. The itchiness or irritation may be caused by:

  • fleas and ticks
  • mites
  • hot and humid weather
  • allergies
  • ear infections
  • poor grooming
  • anal gland infections
  • dense hair coat
  • matted hair
  • joint problems (hip dysplasia,
  • … [Read more →]

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease in dogs is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria. This bacteria is transmitted by ticks, especially deer ticks. Lyme disease is common in certain parts of the USA, particularly the Northeast, Midwest and the West.

Dogs that live in endemic areas are more likely to be infected. Besides dogs,… [Read more →]

Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2009

Here are the top 10 pet poisons of 2009 (source: ASCPA)

1. Human medications
Prescription and over the counter drugs: painkillers, cold meds, antidepressants and dietary supplements.

2. Insecticides
Most common is the misuse of flea and tick products, such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species…. [Read more →]

Dog Vaccination: The Dangers of Over Vaccination

Vaccine is either made from killed or modified forms of microbe (bacteria and/or virus). It stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that protect your dog against the disease-causing microbe. If your dog is infected with the microbe again, his body knows how to defend against it by producing antibodies.

Why over vaccination is dangerous

Vaccinations put excessive strain on the immune system…. [Read more →]

Dog Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms: 7 Early Warning Signs

Dogs can be prone to urinary tract infection (UTI). Early detection and treatment help to keep the infection at bay. If a urinary tract infection in dogs isn’t detected quickly, it can be harder to treat and may potentially lead to more serious problems.

The key for effective treatment is to recognize these 7 dog urinary tract infection symptoms…… [Read more →]