Hot summer days in Norther Michigan mean beach days. We’re truly blessed that our doggies get to be hairy beach babes, enjoying the sunshine, the waves and a soggy stick or toy. If your dog is anything like mine, they love the water. I can’t get my dogs away from the kiddie pool in the summer. They impatiently wait for me to fill it up so that they can lay in the refreshing crystal clear water the minute it is full.
Real talk though, let’s discuss the not so fun side to summer, the dreaded hot spots! This can happen when dogs are getting out of the water and not getting properly dried off. Another result from dampened coats is skin yeast infections. To help prevent this from happening try and towel your babies off as thoroughly as possible. When moisture is trapped between the skin and the coat it is easy for this bacteria to grow. It causes a very distinct odor resulting in itchy, scabby and sometimes painful oozy wounds.
Dogs that are groomed regularly have a reduced chance of getting hot spots. Hot spots are more common to occur in dogs with longer thicker coats. Hot spots are a bacterial spot that can happen even from dogs over licking themselves or any other reason that leaves them damp such as winter time hikes. The best way to treat it is to keep it clean, keep it dry and of course talk to your veterinarian about treatment options.
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We are not licensed veterinarians. This is our opinion from personal experience. If you have further questions please feel free to reach out to us to clarify. But as always contact your vet if your fur baby is experiencing any health issues.