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What are hot spots in dogs?

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Hot spots are bare, inflamed, red areas on dogs. They're a bacterial skin infection. Anything that irritates your dog's skin enough to make him scratch or chew can lead to the pain and itch of hot spots, which, if left untreated, can quickly grow larger.

A hot spot's location can help your vet diagnose its cause. Fleas, for example, may be the source of a hip hot spot, while a hot spot at the ear might point to ear problems.

From: 6 Most Common Dog Health Problems WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/10/2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "What You Should Know About Internal Parasites in Cats and Dogs."

Veterinary Partner: "Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Superficial Pyoderma," "Vomiting and Diarrhea," "Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)."

Healthy Pet: "Intestinal Parasites," "Un-Fun Facts About Fleas."

ASPCA: "Fleas," "Ear Infections," "Vomiting," "Diet to Prevent Diarrhea."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "What You Should Know About Internal Parasites in Cats and Dogs."

Veterinary Partner: "Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Superficial Pyoderma," "Vomiting and Diarrhea," "Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)."

Healthy Pet: "Intestinal Parasites," "Un-Fun Facts About Fleas."

ASPCA: "Fleas," "Ear Infections," "Vomiting," "Diet to Prevent Diarrhea."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2018

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