This is Mrs Fields and her Norwegian Elkhound Andy. He came in to see Dr Meves for the sore on his leg and now he’s doing much better!!
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My dog was recently diagnosed with a “hotspot.” Can you tell me more about this skin condition?
“Hotspot” is a general term used to describe the angry reaction that your pet’s skin is displaying. It may also be referred to as “acute moist dermatitis.”
Hotspots have many causes, but are usually the result of self trauma and subsequent infection that occurs as your pet tries to relieve himself from a pain or itch. An underlying allergy is most often the cause of the pain or itch. Some breeds are more prone to seasonal allergies, so you may see hotspots at the same time each year.
There are three types of allergies that may lead to hotspots:
- Inhaled allergy (pollens, dust, molds)
- Insect allergy (fleas, bee sting, spider bite)
- Ingested allergy (food)
Please discuss treatment options, which may include thorough cleaning, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents, with your veterinarian.
For more information, see Library Articles Skin Problems in Pets, Allergiesand Spring Allergies.
- Shaking its head
- Flapping its ears
- Rubbing at its ears, either with a paw or by rubbing against furniture or carpet
- Self-massaging the ear to ease itch, pain or irritation
- Debris and/or redness inside the ear
- Sores inside the ear
- Odor in the ear due to abnormal oils and bacteria
There are certain breeds of dogs—such as Shar Peis, bulldogs and poodles—that have narrow ear canals and have a higher chance of incurring ear issues. Poodles, especially, have more hair in the canals, Jonas explained. “The hair itself is not a problem, but if they’ve got something abnormal with their whole defense system, all that extra hair in there makes it difficult.”
According to Jonas, it’s best to consult your veterinarian before going forward with an ear-cleaning regimen. Unlike cleaning the teeth, cleaning the ears does not need be done regularly. If a pet owner suspects that something may be wrong with the ear, it’s advised to visit the veterinarian and establish whether the dog’s ear needs to be cleaned by the owner either routinely or for an instructed period of time.
A veterinarian should show the owner how to properly clean the dog’s ears because “there are a lot of different techniques, and it depends on what the problem is,” Jonas advised.
Dr. Manz has worked at Valley Animal Hospital since 1995. She grew up near Philadelphia, PA and obtained a BS from the Pennsylvania State University in 1979. Dr. Manz also earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 1990. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania school of Veterinary Medicine where she also completed an internship in Medicine and Surgery in 1993. Dr. Manz has two dogs, Genevieve (Genny) a black lab, and Bingo a dachshund as well as a leopard gecko named Yoda. She enjoys Pilates, hiking, gardening and hummingbirds. She is also busy volunteering for Akron Children’s hospital and for various activities at her children’s schools.