What is a hot spot?

A hot spot, also known as Canine Acute Moist Dermatitis, is a bacterial (Staphylococcus intermedius) infection caused by irritation of the outermost layer of the epidermis. This opportunistic bacterium is normally found in a dogs nostrils and mouth. This bacteria can rapidly multiply in the hair follicles, causing skin infections. Infections usually occur on the paws, extremities, chest, ears or hip area. It can also develop on other parts of the body, but these are the most commonly affected areas.

What causes the hot spot?

The hot spots in our pets are created by self-inflicted lesions where the bacteria causes a secondary infection, normally found in their mouths and are very opportunistic. Pets can cause self-inflicted wounds by licking, rubbing, or chewing on the area. Although it is commonly found in dogs, it is rarely found in cats. Another question asked Is “why is my pet scratching or causing harm to himself a lot?” Common reasons can be fleas, allergies or ear infection. Fleas cause itchiness in the trunk, tail base and lateral thigh. Allergies cause itchiness in the neck area, and are a result from a long list of allergy causes such as food, ectoparasites and trauma to name a few. Ear infection can cause itchiness in the face area and around the ears.

Hot Spots in Dogs

How does it affect your pet?

A hot spot can develop fairly rapidly, beginning as a simple itch to complete hair loss in the irritated area due to inflammation and constant irritation caused by the pet scratching or licking. It can grow from a coin size sore to a very large-sized area in less than a day. Hot spots can cause pain and be very uncomfortable to the pet. In some cases, our pets may need to be placed on antibiotics to control the infection and also topical medication to treat localized in the area affected.

How can you treat it?

Kawell USA is a non-toxic completely natural skin and oral spray. Made with Matico shrub (Orange-ball-tree), which is a shrub-like tree that grows in the rainforest of South America. Matico shrub is known as an antiseptic and natural wound healer. Kawell USA spray helps soothe the pain, accelerate the healing process and also works as an antiseptic to help with the infection.

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Kawell USA's Matico Natural Healing Spray 
Kawell USA Herbal Spray is a spray made from a plant that grows in the Amazonia of Chile and other countries in South America. The plant is called Matico (Piper aduncum or Soldier’s herb) and is a shrub like tree. That grows in tropical climates and can grow up to 7meters tall. It is known for its curative properties and designed to care for your horse’s hygiene and overall health care.

How Does it Work?
Kawell USA Herbal Spray helps cure common problems such as: alleviating pain, irritation, healing of small wounds, ulcers, scrapes, oral wounds, and internal problems such as stomach ulcers.

Benefits of Matico
• Wound healer
• Hemostat for internal bleeding
Treats abscess by reducing inflammation of the skin and tissue
• Oral care

How is it Used?
Shake well before using. Hold bottle upright and spray from a distance 6 to 8 inches until area for treatment is thoroughly moistened. Allow to air dry. Repeat
application as needed. Store in a cool dry place Kawell USA Herbal Spray: Matico can be used topically or orally (wait 20 minutes before feeding when used orally). Apply locally to the desired regions without diluting.

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Sue Paterson (2008) Manual of Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat. United Kingdom Blackwell Publishing


May 12, 2023 — Alan Krausz