Hot Spots on Dogs

What are hot spots on dogs?

They are wounds on areas of your dog’s skin that are red, raised and oozing.

You may not notice them for a few days, or you may notice them right away and wonder where they came from. They can appear very quickly and may be a reaction to something, or they may be from your dog biting itself.

As your dog bites the area to relief the constant itching or to relieve the pain, it can worsen the wound and make it much more inflamed.

The dog’s saliva can act to irritate the skin more and it becomes a vicious cycle. There are many reasons for hot spots on dogs, including diet, weather, or skin irritants such as bug bites. They may also be caused by internal issues, such as degenerative joint disease or hypothyroidism.

You may notice a hot spot on your dog more easily if it is a short haired dog.

Long haired dogs need to be groomed regularly to prevent matting and to keep debris out of their fur that can rub on the skin and cause sores or irritation.

Dogs that are chronic lickers can cause hot spots just by the repeated action of over grooming in specific areas. Sometimes dogs do this kind of behavior because they are bored. This is why it is very important to spend time with your dog to ensure that they get enough exercise and are engaged.

If you notice hot spots on dogs, especially under the collar, immediately remove the collar and clean the wound. Sometimes hot spots are caused by one spot under the collar that is rubbed too much by the collar.

If your dog has long hair, you may need to clip or shave the hair around the wound to expose it. Your best course of action is to keep the wound clean and to discourage the dog from licking the area.

If it is an area that the dog cannot reach, you can also apply medicated ointment to speed up the healing process. If the hot spot is in an area that the dog continues to lick, you should avoid using a medicated ointment, it may be toxic to your dog.