‘Hot spots’ on dogs, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are patches of sore, infected skin which signal an underlying skin disorder. Sadly, they can be incredibly painful for our pups. 

Keep reading to find out all there is to know about hot spots, including what causes them, how to prevent them and when you should see a vet.

What is a hot spot? 

A hot spot on a dog is an area of inflamed skin which is usually caused by something very minor, such as a graze. Once your dog beings to scratch, lick or bite the area, the hot spot will begin to worsen and bacteria will begin to spread. 

If a hot spot isn’t treated quickly, it could mean a more serious infection might develop. They are usually a sign of a hidden issue, so it’s always best to understand why your pet is getting them in the first place — and stop them from coming back. 

What causes hot spots on dogs? 

Hot spots are often triggered by scratching, licking or chewing an infected area of skin. The result of this causes inflammation and a further spread of bacteria. Other things which can cause hot spots include…


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