Hot Spots In Dogs – What Are They And Why They Happen?

Hot Spots In Dogs – What Are They And Why They Happen?

Have you noticed your dog won't stop licking, biting, or scratching at an itchy red spot? If that’s the case, they may have developed a hot spot. Since dogs find it difficult to leave hot spots alone, they rarely are able to heal and go away on their own and, if untreated, can spread quickly. Once the skin is torn and the bacterial infection spreads, a slight itch can turn into a serious issue very rapidly. This promotes additional biting, licking, and scratching, which is exactly what gives dogs their hot spots.

What Are Hot Spots On Dogs?

Dogs can suffer from hot spots, also known as moist dermatitis, which is a painful condition when the skin gets swollen, damp, and reddish. This condition is typically brought on by allergies, parasites, infections, or moisture that has become trapped in the coat. Hot spots, commonly referred to as "summer sores," are inflammatory or infected lesions that appear when the skin is irritated or a minor cut is moist. Your dog will experience pain from hot places and will be exposed to bacterial illnesses that are very contagious. It can be challenging for dogs to heal on their own since they find it difficult to quit biting, licking, or scratching skin irritations.

Signs Of Hot Spots In Dogs

You may see the following indications or symptoms if your dog has hot spots.

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Hair loss
  • Redness
  • Excessive licking or biting

Any dog can get hot spots at any age, although some breeds are more susceptible because of their thicker coats. Here are some of them.

  • Labradors
  • Rottweilers
  • Saint Bernards
  • Golden Retrievers
  • German Shepherds

What Causes Hot Spots On Dogs?

Scratching, licking, or chewing an area frequently causes hot spots on dogs. Inflammation and subsequent bacterial infections develop from the resultant skin damage. However, this self-trauma merely aggravates the itching, resulting in a self-perpetuating cycle of itching and scratching. As a result, any condition that causes your dog to scratch has the potential to develop a hot spot. Since preventing hot spots is easier than treating them, aim to avoid giving your dog any by routinely brushing them and ensuring that their flea and tick preventative is current. 

Treating Your Dog’s Hot Spots

Although hot spots are unlikely to go away on their own, the good news is that they are simple to cure. The best course of action when you discover hot spots is to schedule a visit with your veterinarians at Fetch-A-Vet and try to prevent your dog from excessive scratching. Hot spots can cause significant skin damage if not treated properly, therefore it's crucial to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms and take prompt action. Give Fetch-A-Vet a call if you have any doubts or questions about hot spots on dogs.