Hot Spots In Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $120 – $380

What Is A Hot Spot In Dogs?

Hot spots are caused by a skin irritation, which is later complicated by the presence of bacteria. It leads to itching, licking, and skin inflammation. The medical term for hot spots is superficial canine pyoderma. Hot spots are red, moist, irritated patches of skin, which can be very painful. Hot spots are commonly found in the head, neck, hips and limbs. Hair loss, scabbing and oozing are often seen in dogs with superficial pyoderma.

Symptoms Of Hot Spots In Dogs

  • Chewing or licking
  • Crusted scabs
  • Dry scaly skin
  • Foul odor
  • Hair loss
  • Itchy skin
  • Moist fur
  • Oozing sores
  • Pain
  • Skin inflammation
  • Skin redness
  • Swelling

Causes Of Hot Spots In Dogs

  • Anal gland infection
  • Chewing or licking due to stress
  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Ear infection
  • Flea allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Foreign objects
  • Insect bites
  • Matted fur

Treatment Of Hot Spots In Dogs

The first step in treating a hot spot is cleaning and disinfecting the area. This process can be quite painful for your dog so it may need to be performed under sedation. Your dog will also need oral and topical antibiotics to treat the bacteria infection Depending on the underlying cause your dog may need additional treatment.

Resources For Hot Spots In Dogs

1- The Merck Pet Health Manual-Dermatitis and Dermatologic Problems in Dogs

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