Healing Cream for Hot Spots on Animals

DSC_0071Over the years we have had an increasing number of customers telling us that they purchase Jeans Cream as a healing cream to use on their animals’ hot spots and other skin problems. So, we thought we’d dedicate an article to this aggravating skin condition that often has our animal friends chewing, licking and scratching like mad.

A hotspot (also known as moist dermatitis) is when an animal’s fur falls out in a little patch and the skin becomes inflamed and infected. The skin tends to look moist, red and may be oozing. It is usually painful to the animal and can be very itchy, which encourages your dog or cat to lick and scratch at the area. If your animal has a hotspot and won’t stop fussing with it, you may need to get a cone of shame from your vet and have your pet wear it until the sore has healed a bit.

So, what causes hot spots in the first place? Hot spots are much more common in animals with thick coats, dirty skin, and/ or moist skin. Allergies including environmental or food allergies, fleas – even one bite can do it! – and other insect bites and skin wounds can all be triggers. Sometimes an odor can be present, which could indicate further cause for concern.

On occasion, a hot spot can be created by the pet if he or she is experiencing underlying pain. For example, if the dog has a sore hip or knee joint, he or she might begin gnawing at the skin over that area to try and create relief. If the dog’s vet doesn’t know about this underlying issue, they may label it a hot spot when the problem is deeper than that.

There are also some mental or emotional issues that can cause cats and dogs to begin chewing on their skin. If the animal has separation anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, they might resort to aggravating their skin by chewing and the same thing could happen where he or she is diagnosed with a hot spot, but the real cause is the distress underneath.

When it comes time to treat the animal, vets often begin by shaving the area to help see what is happening on the skin and also to clean the affected area and enable it to dry out. Then topical ointments, healing cream or sprays are used to disinfect and prevent further infection. Anti-histamines may be recommended to relieve itching. Sometimes oral antibiotics can be prescribed. And if the pet seems to be in a lot of pain, the vet may administer a prednisone shot (corticosteroid).

Most of our customers who are using our product with their cats’ or dogs’ hot spots report applying it after the wound has dried out somewhat. Obviously, if the problem is too much moisture which is exacerbating the possibility of infection, you won’t want to add any kind of moisturizing element. When it’s just a matter of healing the skin more quickly, customers have reported our product as a wonderful healing cream.

We recommend applying the cream for animals the same way someone would for a human. Apply it to the area 3-5 times a day and especially at night.

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