Meet the hot spot: a common yet troubling skin condition in dogs known as acute moist dermatitis. These painful, itchy patches appear suddenly, often leaving pet owners searching for answers.

Hot spots can be triggered by allergies, poor grooming, moisture, insect bites, and even stress. Understanding these causes is key to effective prevention and treatment.

What Causes Hot Spots?

Spotting a hot spot early is crucial. Look for red, inflamed skin, intense itching, hair loss, and a bad odor. These signs demand prompt veterinary attention.

Recognizing Symptoms

Effective Treatments

Treating hot spots involves cleaning the area, applying topical medications, and possibly using oral medications to fight infections. Preventing further irritation is essential, so consider an E-collar.