What Causes Hot Spots and Itching in Pets?

Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin. Hot spots can become quite painful. Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom.

Itching or pruritus is defined as an unpleasant sensation within the skin that provokes the desire to scratch. Itching is a sign, not a diagnosis or specific disease. The most common causes of itching are parasites, infections and allergies. There are many skin diseases that do not initially cause itching. Itching may develop because of secondary bacterial or yeast infections.

MicrocynAH Dermatology

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The unique combination of advanced hypochlorous acid and soothing dimethicone skin protectant are now available in the patented MicrocynAH® animal dermatology products from Oculus. These products effectively help relieve the pain and itch of skin irritations, lacerations, abrasions and minor burns. Also for the management of irritation and pain from minor sunburn.

The FDA has now approved the use of dimethicone as a skin protectant in over-the-counter products and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has assessed it as safe to use in personal care products.

No other animal healthcare products provide this novel mix of advanced hypochlorous acid and dimethicone.