Hot Spots

Hot Spots

During your pet’s lifetime, he or she may develop a “hot spot,” or acute moist dermatitis. Hot spots can develop quickly on dogs or cats and present as red, inflamed skin. The skin may be moist, warm to the touch, and often hairless.

Typically, hot spots are self-induced by a pet licking or scratching a specific itchy area. Usually these itchy areas are caused by allergies and/or fleas.

To treat, we normally need to clip, clean, and medicate the area topically. An e-collar, or protective collar, will most often be recommended to prevent the continuation of licking and scratching. Additionally, your veterinarian will want to treat the itching and possible infection with medications. One of our various shampoos may also be added to your pets’ treatment plan. The important part of treating hot spots is uncovering the underlying cause of the scratching (i.e. specific allergy or fleas), and preventing future flare ups. We commonly advise further testing for pets who experience chronic hot spots.