What is a Hot Spot and What Causes It?

Posted by David on September 17th, 2010

Purina-Dog-Content-BrandYour dog has been licking and licking the same spot on his body. Now the area is raw and oozing pus. What’s the problem? Chances are… Spot has a hot spot.

Hot spots are bacterial skin infections that are often triggered by fleas or allergies. They are most common in dogs such as the golden retriever that have thick, heavy coats. The lesions usually occur on a dog’s head, chest, or hip and can be quite painful, so many dogs will lick, bite, and scratch at them – making the problem even worse.

Addressing the issue involves treating both the infection and the underlying cause. If your dog is prone to hot spots, your veterinarian may also recommend keeping his hair clipped short in the summertime.

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