Hot spots are a common type of dermatitis in dogs. The lesions are very itchy, moist, inflamed and can seem to rapidly develop and worsen over a short period of time. Hot spots typically develop over the rump, tail or sometimes on the face or behind the ears. They have also been called “summer sores” because they are often triggered by allergic skin disease (especially flea allergy).
These lesions are prone to bacterial infection. In milder cases, antibacterial topical therapy alone may be helpful but in more severe cases evaluation and treatment by a veterinarian is recommended. Your veterinarian may review your flea prevention at your visit.
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis
- Bacterial Skin Infection (Pyoderma)