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What are Hotspots on a Dog?

Pomeranian hot spots are also called moist eczema or summer sores. Hotspots on a dog can cause a dog and his owner to feel very unhappy.

The horribly wet lesions on the skin appear and then start getting bigger each hour. Although any Pomeranian can suffer from this problem, some Poms seem more prone to hotspots. 

These dogs usually have thick coats, or matted fur and may also have a medical history of anal sac problems, infestations of fleas, ear infections and allergies. The majority of  Pomeranians with this problem were bitten by fleas, mosquitos, ticks or other insects or have major allergies.

6 month old Pomeranian
6 month old Pomeranian

Hotspots are most commonly found on the Pomeranian’s flank, rump, feet and legs but there may be local infections on the chest, neck or ears.

Pomeranian Hot Spot Prevention:

  • Ensure your Pomeranian has no fleas.
  • Comb his hair regularly to avoid tangles and ensure the hair is loose.
  • Make sure all shampoo is thoroughly washed off the Pomeranian’s coat and body after a bath. Dry shampoo may cause irritations and/or itchiness.
  • Add an Omega Fatty Acid supplement to your pet’s food to help avoid skin issues.

 Cure Pomeranian Hot Spots

It’s absolutely critical that you take your dog to the vet the moment you see a hotspot appear. They can grow rapidly and by the next day, they may be twice as big, causing your pet a lot of discomfort. The vet may need to use antibiotics and/or cortisone as well as cleansing methods and areas of fur may need to be clipped or shaved.

Actions You Can Take Immediately To Make Pomeranian HotSpots A Little More Bearable Prior To Getting A Vet Appointment:

  • Wash the affected area(s) with an antiseptic or a water-based mild astringent. Then dry the area completely.
  • Apply a hot compress and make it as hot as possible without causing any burns.
  • Apply a blend of water and baking soda to the problem area.
  • Dog hotspot home remedy Listerine is often successful. Put some Listerine on the lesion using a cotton wool ball.
  • If the hot spot is irritated, use nappy rash powder or corn starch. Dry and dust the area affected.
  • Another cure is epsom salt dog hot spots. Use sea salt or Epsom salt and soak the hot spot.
  • Use freshly squeezed Aloe vera gel to heal and calm the hot spot.
  • Liberally apply a large amount of hazel to hot spots with cotton wool balls.
  • Put boiled cooled water in a spray bottle and add a tablespoon of Apple Cider vinegar and spray the lesions as often as necessary.
  • In extreme cases, your vet may recommend using an Elizabethan collar so your dog won’t scratch the sore area and give it time to heal properly.
  • Ask your Vet for the best shampoo for hotspots.
  • If the trouble repeats itself regularly, the vet should check for thyroid problems.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

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