June 26

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Hot weather skin problems

As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, it's important for pet owners to be aware of potential skin problems that can affect their furry companions. Just like humans, dogs can experience a range of issues related to hot weather, from sunburns to insect bites. We see firsthand the impact that summer can have on our Buddy's skin health. Here are some common summer skin problems in dogs and tips on how to prevent and treat them.


  • Dogs with short hair or light-colored coats are particularly susceptible to sunburn.
  • Areas with thin fur, such as the nose, ears, belly, and groin, are most at risk.
  • Provide shaded areas for your dog to seek refuge from the sun.

Heat Rash:

  • Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, occurs when dogs sweat excessively and their sweat glands become clogged.
  • Symptoms include redness, itching, and small bumps on the skin.
  • Keep your dog cool and well-ventilated, especially in humid weather.
  • Avoid excessive exercise during the hottest parts of the day.

Allergic Reactions:

  • Dogs can develop allergies to pollen, grass, insect bites, and other environmental factors.
  • Symptoms may include itching, redness, swelling, and hair loss.
  • Consult your veterinarian if you suspect your dog is suffering from allergies.
  • Keep your dog away from known allergens and consider using antihistamines or other medications as directed by your vet.

Flea and Tick Infestations:

  • Warmer weather can lead to an increase in flea and tick activity.
  • Check your dog regularly for signs of fleas and ticks, including scratching, biting, and visible parasites.
  • Use flea and tick preventatives as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Keep your dog's living environment clean and treat your home and yard for fleas and ticks regularly.

Moist Dermatitis (Hot Spots) from Wet Fur:

  • Dogs often love to play in water during the summer months, whether it's swimming in lakes, rivers, or even just splashing in a backyard pool.
  • However, if their fur doesn't dry properly after getting wet, it can create an environment conducive to bacterial and fungal growth, leading to a condition known as moist dermatitis or hot spots.
  • Symptoms may include red, inflamed patches of skin, excessive scratching, and oozing sores.
  • To prevent moist dermatitis, ensure that your dog's fur is thoroughly dried after water activities. Use a towel to gently blot excess moisture, and consider using a pet-safe hair dryer on a low setting to speed up the drying process.
  • If your dog is prone to hot spots or has a thick coat that takes longer to dry, limit water exposure and provide shaded areas for them to dry off naturally.
  • Regular grooming, including brushing and trimming, can also help prevent matting and improve air circulation, reducing the likelihood of moisture-related skin problems.

As pet owners, it's our responsibility to ensure that our dogs stay safe and healthy during the hot summer months. By being vigilant and proactive, we can prevent and address common skin problems before they become more serious issues. Remember to consult your veterinarian if you notice any changes in your dog's skin or behavior, and always follow their recommendations for proper care and treatment. 

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