PetMD has a very informative, featured article on moist eczema or what is commonly known as hotspots on dogs. This is a time of year where we can see a lot of these at South County Animal Hospital. If your pet is suffering from skin irritations we encourage to read the article and to call us for an examination.
Hot Spots are one of those less then desirable skin irritations seen in pets. Often, you’ll here your vet refer to them as moist eczema, but you … well, you can call them hot spots. They occur when your dog itches, scratches or licks him or herself excessively, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur. But what do you with a hot spot?
What Causes Hotspots in Dogs?
Hot Spots (also known as Summer Sores or Moist Eczema) can seemingly appear spontaneously anywhere on a dog’s body; the surrounding area can rapidly deteriorate too. This moist, raw skin disorder has a variety of causes but the most consistent factor is bacteria.
Hot spots occur when your dog itches, scratches or licks him or herself excessively, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur.
Anything that irritates or breaks the skin can create the environment for bacterial contamination if the surface of the skin has but only a little a bit of moisture on it. Such incidences of moisture can be such seemingly innocuous things such as as a recent bath, swim, stroll in the rain, or playtime in wet craze. Even a slightly oozing sore can provide enough moisture and/or nutrient for a bacterial infection to take hold.
Although there are various types of “hot spot”-causing bacteria, most respond to oral and topical antibiotics. For some reason, cats rarely acquire hot spots. Because hot spots are usually very painful, it may be best for a veterinarian to treat your dog’s hot spots, as clipping can cause more trauma if not done correctly.
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