Hot Spots on Dogs
Hot Spots on Dogs can be defined as "moist skin eruptions that can occur anywhere on a dog's body". The name is most probably tied to observations that they most generally occur during the hot summer months. The hot-spot area can spread slowly, and will usually appear raw and red, and also becomes ripe breeding ground for bacteria.
Hot spots most frequently can be tied to the overgrowth of Yeast in the GI Tract. In other words, this 'external symptom' is likely tied to an internal disorder. Since heat is an activator of yeast, the flare-ups manifest themselves as Hot spots in areas of the dog's body that, for whatever reason, happen to be a particularly EASY pathway for the exit of cells, toxins and poisons tied to the internal yeast (Candida) and it's die-off. In some cases, the only manifestation is Hot spots, while in others, what starts out as only Hot spots may soon be accompanied by more generalized itching, scratching, biting, chewing of the paws, blackening of skin, ear infections, etc. IF you see symptoms such as these progressively adding to the complications in the case of your pet, you can count on the fact that you will likely need to deal with these issues as a full-blown Systemic Yeast Infection.
The biggest factor contributing to the development of Hot spots, as with yeast infections, is the food. Most of the popular, major brand name dog foods are loaded with starches(which feed yeast), preservatives, additives, colorings, by-products, and generally poor quality ingredients. The same holds true for popular dog biscuits. If you are feeding your pet one of these foods or snacks, please consider making a change to a better quality brand. For a real eye-opener, please see our article, What's really in Pet Food?
How Nzymes Products can help toward resolution:
Greater, more detailed information on this subject can be found HERE. For most cases, the Antioxidant Treats for Pets or Granules can be quite effective in helping get rid of the Hot spots. This is especially true if you were also to follow our feed guidelines for yeast problems. To help the healing process even further, a 2% solution of our Ox-E-Drops can be applied directly to the Hot spots. The solution should be applied 3-4 times daily.
For more severe cases, it may be necessary to follow our full yeast removal program. As mentioned before, Hot Spots relate to the overgrowth of yeast in the system. If the dog has had one or more rounds of antibiotics or steroids, you may be best served by purchasing a Healthy Skin kit and following the guidelines for using it.
For correct usage of Nzymes Products
Please follow the Guidelines for Use on the individual product labels - UNLESS superceded by other guidelines or reference materials provided with the products or directly from NZYMES.com Staff.
If, in the case of greater severity, an NZYMES Healthy Skin Kit will be in use, you must follow the provided "What To Do" Instructions.
If any questions, confusion, or concerns, don't hesitate to call for phone assistance - 877-816-6500.