What are Hot Spots?

Hot spots are basically sores on your dogs skin. The medical term for those bare, inflamed, red areas you might see on your dog is called acute moist dermatitis, which is a bacterial skin infection. Anything that irritates your dog's skin enough to make them scratch or chew can lead to the pain and itch that is normally associated with hot spots, which if left untreated, can quickly grow larger.

A hot spots location can help your vet diagnose its cause. Fleas, for example, may be the source of a hip hot spot, while a hot spot at the ear might point to ear problems.

Treating hot spots may involve shaving and cleaning the irritated area, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or topical medications, depending on how bad the hot spots are, and how much pain your dog is in.