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What Causes Hotspots In Dogs?

Oct 4th 2016 at 9:49 PM

Hotspots are technically called “acute moist dermatitis” or “pyotraumatic dermatitis”). The condition is characterized by itchy, moist skin rashes that occur generally around the head, neck, and face, but it can occasionally occur on the rump and trunk of the body. Certain breeds of dogs, such as Labradors, golden retrievers, and rottweilers are predisposed to hotspots; however any breed of dog can develop the problem.

Hotspots start as an itch that triggers severe scratching in dogs, resulting in skin damage. Serum can ooze from the damaged skin, causing matting of the hair and creating a favorable environment for bacterial growth. The presence of bacteria can make the hotspot even itchier, leading to more scratching and further damage to the skin, thus a destructive cycle ensues where the hotspot progressively worsens.

Common underlying causes of hotspots in dogs include ear infections, allergies, flea infestation, and some underlying health problems. Warm, humid weather conditions have also been identified as important predisposing factors. Considering that there are a number of potential causes, taking the dog to your Pets Health will help ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.


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