This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
"Hot spots" - what are they ????
The term "hot spots" is used to describe a wide number of skin problems by different authors - and therein lies a problem, because one persons "hot spot" might be another persons "pyotraumatic dermatitis" or "moist dermatitis" .Really the term refers to an area of red raw skin , with hair loss - usually associated with self-trauma. The skin is often moist appearance due to seepage of fluid from the skin surface.
There is no single cause, and the problem can be associated with any of the following :
The most common sites affected are :
The lesions are itchy and signs include scratching, licking and rubbing
Treatment usually requires :
Some breeds of dog are predisposed to develop "hot spots" including :
Updated October 2013