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Pyotraumatic Dermatitis | Hot Spot | German Shepherd

Also known, perhaps more colloquially, as “hot spots,” pyotraumatic dermatitis is a skin disease affecting German Shepherd dogs, which can cause itching, pressure, irritation, and pain all over the dog's body. These skin lesions are usually both caused and eventually worsened by the dog's biting, licking, scratching, or nipping on himself. The name of the syndrome is derived etymologically from the Greek pyo – referring to “pus” - and trauma, referring to the “trauma” of the dog's “traumatic” experience (dermatitis referring of course to skin). External parasites can also cause these “hot spots,” as can allergies and allergic reactions. These hot spots are not fatal, but they are uncomfortable and even painful for your German Shepherd dog, so take care to treat them with sensitivity.

The lesions associated with pyotraumatic dermatitis are approximately one inch or a few centimeters in diameter, and are an irritated reddish color, although hair can often obscure the area. Sometimes, the irritation causes hair matting or even hair loss over the infected region. Oozing, pain, and itchiness are other common warning signs of pyotraumatic dermatitis. If your German Shepherd dog reacts with palpable pain when you so much as touch the afflicted spot, you know that your German Shepherd dog may be suffering from an infection connected to pyotraumatic dermatitis.

Luckily, these “hot spots” associated with pyotraumatic dermatitis are easily curable, although it is highly advisable to consult with your vet, especially as, given the pain the hot spots cause your German Shepherd dog, you may need a muzzle or restraining force to treat him or her effectively. Common methods of dealing with the problem including shaving the afflicted area of your German Shepherd, treating the area with cool water and a gentle cleanser, cool compressing the area between 2 and 4 times a day with a cool washcloth, and prescribing oral antibiotics (through your veterinarian. Doing this will make sure your German Shepherd dog heals quickly and is good as new! You can also try applying a tea bag compress at home, or applying hydrocortisone creams or Burrow's solution.

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