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Skin, Coat & Hot Spots

Skin and coat care is essential for your dog’s overall well-being. A healthy coat is critical to protecting your dog’s skin, which is much thinner and more sensitive than ours. A regular regimen of skin and coat maintenance keeps your pet happy and healthy.

  • Hot Spots
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Infections
  • General Skin, Coat & Paw Care

What To Look For

Signs that your dog has hot spots include:

  • Lesions on your dog's skin
  • Ulcerations or signs of pus at the hot spot site
  • Reddish-brown saliva staining on your dog's coat
  • Compulsive licking and chewing
  • Hair loss

What is it?

Hot Spots are lesions that result from repetitive licking and chewing. There is usually an underlying condition such as fleas, allergies (from food, pollen, and other environmental factors) or poor grooming, which can cause your dog to lick the same spot frequently. Stress may also be a factor that contributes to your dog’s instinct to lick. Hot spots can grow rapidly, become infected and be quite painful.

What it means for your dog

Hot spots can cause extreme discomfort, become infected and give off a bad odor.

How You Can Help

All causes of your dog's hot spot must be treated along with the hot spot itself. Consult your veterinarian to determine if your dog has food or airborne allergies. Guarding against fleas and ticks, and ensuring your dog is properly groomed can go a long way toward preventing hot spots.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray
PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo
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What To Look For

Signs that your dog has skin allergies include:

  • Excessive itching and scratching
  • Constant licking
  • Itchy and runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What is it?

Your dog’s allergen receptors are located in his or her skin. What this means is dogs don’t get as bad a runny nose or congestion from allergies like we do. Instead, they develop skin conditions. Skin allergies occur when your dog’s immune system overreacts to exposure to allergens in your dog’s environment. Some allergens include ingredients found in foods, as well as pollens, mold and mold spores in the air. More commonly, dogs develop allergies from flea bites. Allergies are particularly common in terriers, setters, retrievers and dogs living in hot or humid climates.

What it means for your dog

Allergies can make your dog extremely uncomfortable and cause a variety of health problems. Dogs experiencing allergies often scratch excessively, which can lead to hot spots and skin infections. Vomiting, diarrhea and sneezing may also occur, further compromising your dog’s well-being.

How You Can Help

All causes of your dog’s allergic reaction must be treated in conjunction with the reaction itself. Consult your veterinarian to determine if your dog has food, contact or airborne allergies. Guarding against fleas and ticks can go a long way toward keeping your dog allergy-free.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray
PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo
PetArmor®
PetArmor® Plus
PetArmor® Plus Shampoo

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What To Look For

Signs that your dog has a skin infection include:

  • Lesions on your dog’s skin (hot spots)
  • Ulcerations or signs of pus at a hot spot
  • Reddish-brown saliva staining on your dog’s coat
  • Compulsive licking and chewing
  • Raised, flaky patches

What is it?

Bacterial and yeast skin infections are a painful outcome when your dog’s skin is scratched; exposed to allergens and/or bites from fleas, ticks and mites; poor grooming; and extremely hot or humid weather. Yeast infections can show up anywhere on your dog’s skin, but they are most common between the toes and under the forelegs.

What it means for your dog

Infections, in addition to being painful and uncomfortable, can cause your dog to scratch excessively. This can lead to hot spots and open sores on your dog’s skin.

How You Can Help

It’s important to treat the cause of your dog’s skin infection as well as caring for his or her clinical signs. If you think your dog has a skin infection, consult your veterinarian. You can help ease some of the discomfort associated with skin infections using canine skin-care products. And, protecting your dog from fleas and ticks, which are major causes of allergies that lead to infections, is a great way to avoid the discomfort associated with them.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray
PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo
PetArmor®
PetArmor® Plus
PetArmor® Plus Shampoo

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What To Look For

Signs that your dog has a skin and/or coat condition include:

  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Matting of the hair coat
  • Irritated or red skin
  • Limping from dry or cracked paws

What is it?

Your dog’s skin is much thinner than ours and therefore requires a healthy coat to protect it. The skin is also a highly sensitive organ that contains your dog’s allergy receptors. Intact, healthy skin is essential in warding off infections that can arise from scratching due to allergies. Your dog’s paws are also susceptible to environmental conditions such as hot pavement in the summer and salt on sidewalks in the winter, which can cause damage and lead to infection.

What it means for your dog

An unhealthy coat can lead to matting, which can cause your dog to lick excessively. This can lead to the development of hot spots, skin infections and lesions.

How You Can Help

Regular grooming and maintenance of your dog’s skin and coat greatly reduce the chances of hair matting and infections, and keeps your dog looking and feeling his or her best. Should your dog experience any signs of damaged or infected skin or tender paws, contact your veterinarian. Soothing products may help ease the discomfort.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Skin & Paw Conditioning Lotion
PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo

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