Oh No, Not a Hot Spot!
The different day, I used to be working away on my laptop, each canine snoozing in my workplace whereas my Spotify playlist blared from the pc audio system. Suddenly, the music lower out – an interruption in my rural web service or one thing – and it’s a very good factor it did, for in these few moments of silence, I heard one thing that stops most of us canine house owners in our tracks: the unmistakable sound of a canine’s repetitive licking that indicators bother.
“Hey!” I exclaimed, leaping up from my laptop chair to see which canine was licking, and the place. I clearly awoke Woody – it wasn’t him. But Otto, who had been laying in a door-less crate in my workplace, hung his head with a “Shoot! Caught in the act!” look. I requested him to come back out of his crate for a fast examination.
He stepped out and the issue was instantly obvious: He had been licking an enormous uncooked spot on his hip – a spot that had not been there earlier within the day.
I requested Otto to put down in the midst of my workplace ground and checked his tummy for fleas. In my expertise, if a canine has fleas, you will note them operating throughout the hairless or sparsely haired tummy first. On Otto: Nothing. I grabbed a flea comb and began combing. Flea combs have tiny enamel, packed very shut collectively. You can work rapidly to look at a thin-coated canine with one. But scruffy Otto has a high quality undercoat, and flea combs pull loads of unfastened hair out. I needed to look at every comb-full of hair carefully – I needed to get my studying glasses to take action! – to ensure I noticed any flea or “flea dirt” (flea feces).
After about 20 minutes of combing, I discovered a single flea. Oh my lord, Otto.
My “heart dog” of yore, Rupert the Border Collie, had been severely allergic to flea bites, and if he was ever bitten by one, that is precisely what would occur: Within hours, he’d remodel from a “regular” canine to anxious, neurotic, obsessed, and compulsive. He’d go loopy with scratching and chewing himself, as I raced to get him no matter was wanted to cease his itching: one thing to nuke the fleas, one thing to cease the itching, one thing to calm him down.
Otto has not, for many of his life, been that delicate. Since I foster pretty ceaselessly, we’ve had the occasional flea incursion that needed to be put down rapidly. In cases of a transient flea invasion, Otto would get solely mildly itchy. He’s by no means been coated with fleas, however, a couple of times, we’d had a gentle inhabitants increase. (I used to have a sofa on a coated porch and the canine favored laying on it. So did a neighborhood cat. Boom – abruptly, the sofa was a flea farm. It went to the dump shortly afterward.) At 13 years outdated, although, Otto’s immune system appears to be twitchy.
Using an outdated pair of horse’s ear clippers I’ve, I clipped the hair surrounding the hotspot; when the hair touches pores and skin that’s abraded and open, it continually introduces micro organism to the positioning. Shaving the encompassing hair makes it look terrible, however heal extra rapidly.
Next, I gently cleaned the positioning with a gentle liquid antibacterial cleaning soap, and rinsed it nicely. Next, I dried the world throughout with a clear towel, and used a hair dryer on “cool” to dry the hotspot itself. Finally, I used a favourite treatment, EMT Gel, to frivolously coat the wound. We mentioned this gel in an October 2013 article, “Alternative Treatment and Supplement Recommendations,” the place writer CJ Puotinen described it this manner:
EMT Gel’s key ingredient, bovine collagen (additionally described as “a natural medical hydrolysate Type I collagen”), acts as a tissue adhesive, offering a matrix for brand spanking new cell progress whereas sealing and defending wounds and considerably decreasing ache, bleeding, scarring, wound weeping, and the danger of an infection.
I even have been giving Otto a dose of Benadryl within the morning and at night time, to assist cease his allergic itching.
Next, I flea-combed Woody; I didn’t discover a single flea on him. If fine-coated Coco had a flea on her, I’d have seen it stroll by; no combing mandatory. I’m hopeful that the flea got here onto our property on a passing cat or squirrel or one thing. Nevertheless, I additionally made a right away journey to Petco and purchased recent Seresto collars for the canine. Since fleas aren’t normally an issue for us, I don’t use flea-pesticides year-round, however do use the Seresto collars once we hike within the native areas which can be laden with ticks.
As lengthy as Coco is right here, Woody’s Seresto collar must go on at night time and off throughout a lot of the day; Coco and Woody chew on one another continually in play, and I neither need her to get her mouth caught on his collar or, for a $50 collar, have her chew it off of him (this occurred as soon as once I was fostering Odin, one other younger canine who favored to playfully chunk and chew on Woody’s neck and face. $50, down the tubes!).
Fortunately, only a day or two later, the hotspot is therapeutic properly, and Otto’s licking has ceased. I’m hoping that every other fleas which may have been current had been killed earlier than they may have a chance to put eggs. I’ll preserve the flea-killing collars on for a couple of weeks, simply in case.
Do you have got a extremely flea-allergic canine? How do you deal with hotspots?