How To Treat Hotspots On Dogs

Learning how to treat hotspots on dogs can save you a lot of time, money and pain for your dog.  Any dog can get a hotspot, a painful, red, moist skin infection, and it’s important that you can recognise the signs and treat hotspots before they turn really bad.

Some dogs are more prone to hotspots than others and for some reason, cats don’t seem to get hotspots.

In this article, you will learn what hotspots are, how to recognise hotspot infection in dogs and how to treat a hotspot on your dog.

how to treat hotspots on dogs

Dogs with a corkscrew tail are often affected by skin fold dermatitis that looks just like this hotspot on a bulldog.

What Are Hotspots On Dogs

Hotspots are a moist skin infection sometimes called an acute moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis. Basically, a hotspot is the common term for a skin infection.

Hotspots generally occur around the neck (collar region), under the ear and on the rump around the tail base, although they can occur anywhere on your dog if the skin is compromised.

Hotspots occur when the surface of the skin is compromised and bacteria enter the wound. This often happens when your dog is itchy.

Constant scratching can result in a small break in the skin that allows bacteria to enter. The dog may lick at this area, or moisture from blood or serum caught in the coat can act as a nice medium for bacteria to grow. Before you know it there is a nice infection that spreads under the skin leaving the dog in pain.

In severe cases, the bacteria can multiply so much that the dog becomes very sick with blood poisoning from bacterial toxins.

It is very important to act quickly if you see your dog with a moist skin infection. Anything that makes your dog itch can result in a hotspot:

  • Allergy – food or contact
  • Fleas or mites
  • Wet damp skin (especially salt water)
  • Ear infections
  • Humid weather
  • Long hair coat

What Does A HotSpot Look Like?

Hotspots usually develop under matted hair, are red, moist and often painful and itchy. They ooze and sometimes have quite a smell about them. It is very important to treat any sign of skin infection quickly to prevent a nasty bacterial infection.

How To Treat Hotspots On Dogs

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how to treat hotspots in dogsHow To Prevent Hotspots On Dogs

The key factors involved in preventing future hotspots is to:
Prevent causes of itchy skin
Keep the skin dry
Keep the hair well groomed

If you can do this then you are well on your way to preventing hotspots. If you need more help and specific advice about your dog, head on over and book a consult with one of our vets.