How to Treat Hot Spots on Dogs

What is a hot spot?

A hot spot is a painful, inflamed, red, moist, and hairless area of skin on a dog. It is caused by a secondary bacterial infection of an area of irritated skin.

Causes of hot spots

Hot spots can be caused by a variety of factors, including: Allergies, Fleas, Insect bites, Skin infections, Irritation from grass, dirt, or plants, etc.

Symptoms of hot spots

The symptoms of a hot spot may include: Redness, Irritation, Moistness, Hair loss, Swelling, etc.

How to treat hot spots

Keep the area covered with a bandage or Elizabethan collar to prevent your dog from licking or scratching it.

When to see a veterinarian

If the hot spot is severe or does not improve with home treatment, you should see a veterinarian.

How to prevent hot spots

Keep your dog's skin clean and dry.

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