Spring brings colorful blooms and warmer weather, welcome after a cold winter, but also brings allergy season misery in both people and pets. Many dogs and cats suffer from allergies which irritate their skin. Dogs and outdoor cats often face allergies to pollen, environmental pollution and even grass. In addition, warmer weather brings out mosquitos, ticks, mites and fleas which cause more skin irritation. Some pets suffer severe reactions to bug bites and develop further itching or pain. When itching strikes, the animal’s natural inclination is to scratch or lick the area for relief.
Anything that irritates the skin and causes a pet to scratch or lick an area can make a hot spot (also known as moist dermatitis) to develop. A hot spot is an area of skin where the animal’s skin is inflamed and possibly infected. The affected skin looks moist in a reddened area that is even more painful and itchy. Hair loss is often seen with hot spots, sometimes in a large area. It becomes a cycle of continued licking and chewing at the area which worsens the issue. As mentioned, hot spots are often caused by allergies or insect bites but can also develop due to grooming issues or underlying infections. Dogs with separation anxiety, stress or boredom may also develop excessive licking resulting in a hot spot.
Tulane’s Closet’s Founder and CEO, Stephanie Syberg, worked in veterinary medicine for sixteen years and often saw desperate owners looking for solutions for their pet’s allergies and hot spots.
“Hot Spots can pop up anytime but I often saw them more in the spring and summer. The increasing heat worsens these skin conditions which, combined with seasonal allergies and bug bites, can make animals miserable (and the constant licking and chewing sounds irritate and further stress pet owners). I’ve seen dogs lose large patches of hair due to hot spots and develop severe infections which required extensive, pricey treatment. Some animals are very allergic to flea bites and one flea bite can set them off itching, biting and licking which turns into hot spots. The moisture from chronic licking can turn into infection so it is best to keep the area dry and protected.”
The Cover Me by Tui helps dogs and cats with allergies and hot spots by covering the affected area. Hot spots need to stay dry in order to heal. The Cover Me by Tui covers the irritated hot spot areas and The Cover Me by Tui prevents licking and chewing the area. Some pet may lick the fabric of the Cover Me by Tui but it does not give the pet the same sensation as licking its skin; pets will stop licking the site. Plus, the garment is made of soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic Peruvian cotton which is cool to the touch. Even on hot days, the animal does not feel increased heat when wearing the garment. The Peruvian cotton we use to create the Cover Me by Tui is four times the strength and length of a traditional cotton fibers; it is very durable and pets are comforted by the cool touch of the fabric. The Cover Me by Tui is 100% guaranteed so we encourage those suffering through allergies and hot spots to see how this wonderful alternative can help your pet.