These are fleas, allergic dermatitis, and lick granulomas. First, fleas in Florida are a constant, year-round problem from what I have heard and read.
Some lick granulomas are very challenging to treat and can be aided by ancillary therapies like acupuncture, therapy lasers, 'pain medications, cones (Elizabethan collars), and other physical protection from self trauma.
Lick granulomas, officially known as acral lick dermatitis or ALD, occur when a dog licks excessively on a leg, paw, or other area, producing an itchy ulceration.
Because conventional therapies can have serious side effects and because hot spots and lick granulomas are notorious for recurring, holistic veterinarians look beyond their obvious symptoms to their underlying causes.
Dee Eckert, the manufacturer's director of operations, has received numerous reports from customers whose dogs recovered from hot spots and lick granulomas in record time.
EMT Gel, made from bovine collagen, stimulates and literally supports new cell growth by acting as a tissue adhesive while sealing and protecting hot spots, lick granulomas, and other injuries, including severe or deep wounds.
In addition to treating staph infections, cuts, fungal infections, and other wounds, pitch salve quickly repairs the damage caused by hot spots and lick granulomas.
Coconut oil can be applied directly to hot spots, lick granulomas, boils, and other skin conditions, and is making a comeback in the diets of the health-conscious (see "Crazy about Coconut Oil," October 2005).
She treats hot spots and lick granulomas with fasting, natural diet, and medicinal herbs, adding her own herbal antiseptic tablets (see "Putting Out Hot Spot," next page) to the dog's food to speed healing from within.
Aromatherapy's essential oils and hydrosols offer many effective ingredients for the treatment of hot spots and lick granulomas. As explained in our aromatherapy series (December 2004, January 2005, April 2005, and August 2005), essential oils and hydrosols ("flower waters" produced during steam distillation) have significant healing properties, as do the carrier or base oils in which essential oils can be diluted for safe, effective pet application.
Spray on hot spots and lick granulomas, or saturate cotton and apply three or four times per day.