Hot spots on dogs are bacterial infections of the skin. It is also known as acute moist dermatitis and pyrotraumatic dermatitis.
What causes of hot spots on dogs?
Hot spots develop as your dog chews, licks or scratches an itchy or irritated area of the skin, which then becomes infected. The itchiness or irritation may be caused by:
- fleas and ticks
- hot and humid weather
- ear infections
- poor grooming
- anal gland infections
- dense hair coat
- matted hair
- joint problems (hip dysplasia, arthritis, degenerative joint disease)
Signs of hot spots on dogs:
- Lesions that are moist, oozy, inflamed, pink/red in colour, with hair loss. These are very painful and itchy. There may be pus caused by secondary infection.
- They can appear on any parts of the body, but are more common on the head, hip and side of the body.
- They form in patches and can increase in size very quickly (within just hours!).
Treatment for hot spots on dogs: