What Are Dog Hot Spots and How to Treat Them

What Are Hot Spots?

Hot spots are red, moist, irritated lesions on your dog’s skin. They appear suddenly when a part of the skin has become infected, and they spread very fast. They can appear anywhere on your dog’s body, but are more common on the head, hip, or chest areas.

Hot spots are also known as moist dermatitis. This condition is painful and itchy for your dog.

What Causes Hot Spots?

Hot spots can be caused by a number of things that cause bacterial imbalance on the dog’s skin. Bug bites, allergies, wounds and poor grooming are common causes.

Anything that irritates your dog’s skin and causes itchiness can cause hot spots.

Dogs with long hair are more prone to hot spots. So are dogs that swim or play in the rain a lot and dogs with dirty coats

What Do Hot Spots Look Like?

You can’t treat hot spots if you don’t know how to detect them. Hot spot symptoms include

  • Itchiness and pain on a patch of skin
  • Licking and chewing at a patch of skin
  • Scabs and sores
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss

How to Treat Hot Spots?      

Fortunately, hot spots are easy to treat. When you go to the vet, the first thing they will do is clean the hot spots and clip off the hair surrounding them.

Ointments and sprays will be applied to relieve the pain and kill the bacteria.

Depending on the cause of the hot spots, your veterinarian might give you antibiotics or other medications to be used over the course of a few weeks.

You can also treat hot spots at home by cleaning the area with an antiseptic spray and clipping away the hair. Then apply a hydrocortisone cream or spray (after consulting your vet) and prevent your dog from biting or licking the area.

If the hot spots don’t heal with home treatment, visit your vet to look for any underlying diseases that could be causing the hotspots.

 When Kenzo had hotspots on his front paws we went to a natural pet store in Mequon and purchased: RenuPlex Healing Spray for Dog Hot Spots. 

We also gave him coconut oil everyday orally via the Healthy & Homemade Peanut Butter + Coconut Oil Dog Treats I make for him.

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