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How to Prevent Dog Hot Spots: Symptoms, Care, and Prevention

Dog hot spots are a common and frustrating problem for dog owners. They're caused by the dog's thick fur, which traps heat and moisture against the skin, causing irritation and inflammation. Sometimes this inflammation can become infected, leading to an irritated area that smells bad and bleeds easily.

This is especially common in dogs with short coats or those who spend a lot of time outside. It's not uncommon for a dog to develop multiple hot spots as they get older, so it's important to take steps to prevent them before they start.



A dog hot spot is an area of the dog's body that has been scratched or bitten so much that it has become inflamed. It can occur anywhere on the body, but it most often affects the armpits, groin, and top of the head.

The symptoms of a dog hot spot include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Excessive scratching or rubbing of the area
  • Skin that is thickened or looks like it's been scraped
  • Small scabs, crusts, and/or open sores



There are many things you can do to care for your dog's hot spot. Here are some simple ways to help your dog heal:

1) Keep the area clean: Wash the area with warm water and gentle soap every day or two.

2) Keep it dry: Use a blow dryer on the cool setting, or put a towel over the hot spot and then place a fan high at one end of the towel. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so, then turn off the fan and remove the towel carefully.

3) Keep your dog calm: Pets often get stressed out when they have a hot spot; try to keep them calm by talking in a soothing voice and giving them treats during this time.



Hotspots are characterized by inflamed, red, and itchy skin on the affected area, which will often be raw and bleeding. They're usually caused by allergies, so they can be hard to treat. But there are things you can do to help keep them at bay!

First, if your dog has a hot spot, however, try not to let them lick or scratch it too much; this can make the problem worse and cause infection or irritation. Take them for walks regularly or play with them outside—just be careful not to let them get too hot or dehydrated!

And if you've tried all of these things and your dog still has a hot spot, contact your vet! Your vet may recommend that your dog get allergy shots or medication that can help treat the underlying cause of their skin irritation.


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