What Exactly are hot spots on dogs?
Technically speaking, hot spots on dogs can be categorized under these more clinical terms.
I will attempt to cut to the chase here so you can get maximum information and benefit from this article.
Below links to the definitions if you want to do some further reading on the more technical terms.
Hot Spots On Dogs are skin eruptions on your pet that are usually caused and accelerated by biting, licking, or scratching the infected area. Nasty and extremely painful, these skin sores can show up on you dog at anytime. Hot spots on dogs can have many causes like, a bug bite, a small cut or scratch on the skin that begins to itch and your dog continues to lick, bite and scratch the area.
Other causes of hot spots on dogs can include; an allergic reaction of the skin brought on by a particular food ingredient, medication or household/environmental allergy. An ear infection or even mindless licking from boredom can also contribute to hot spots on dogs..
It’s all the scratching, gnawing and licking of the area that allows bacteria to enter into the wound and grow into a full blown hot spot.
Hot spots on dogs can pop up practically anywhere on your pet. Common places for hot spots on dogs to be found are the backside and paws. Though they can pop up anywhere on your animal, like the head and neck, the most severe hot spots on dogs usually appear in areas where your pet can easily lick, bite or scratch.
The key to effective treatment of hot spots on dogs is to act FAST, as soon as you think your pet could be developing a hot spot. Hot spots on dogs can start out very tiny, practically invisible and in the course of 24 hours grow into the size of a tennis ball, red, irritated and oozing with pus. Often times your pets hair can mat down and cover the irritation which can hide the actual size of the infected area. It is important that you investigate any indication of a hot spot infection immediately.