are “hot spots”?
moist dermatitis or “hot spots” are a common skin disorder in dogs.
”Hot spots” can appear suddenly and become large red, irritated
lesions in a short time.
is the cause?
spots” are the result of intense chewing and licking. The inciting
cause is usually an insect bite reaction. Fleas, ticks, biting flies
and even mosquitoes have been known to cause acute moist dermatitis.
Allergic skin disease can cause or contribute to the formation of
does eczema “hot spot” look like?
usually a large, raw, inflamed and bleeding area of skin. The area
becomes moist and painful and begins spreading due to continued
licking and chewing.
does treatment involve?
underlying cause should be identified and treated, if possible. Flea
and tick preventives should be applied at the time of treatment.
Anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics are often used to
relieve the intense inching and to combat secondary skin infection.
These may be injectable drugs, oral tablets and capsules or topical
is the prognosis?
with treatment. The condition usually resolves as rapidly as it
the condition likely to recur?
Unfortunately, dogs that have “hot spots” are more likely to
experience recurrences. Flea control and proper bathing and grooming
are your best defenses against future “hot spots”.