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5 Ways To Prevent Hot Spots In Dogs

July 15, 2019
Does your dog get hot spots? Hot spots—technically called acute moist dermatitis—are itchy sores that can pop up at any time. This can be both frustrating and uncomfortable for Fido. The tissue will become irritated and itchy, which will often lead to a downward spiral as your pet keeps trying to soothe the itch. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet offers tips on preventing hot spots in dogs.

Parasite Control

Flea allergies are one possible cause of hotspots. Hotspots can also be caused by parasites, like scabies and mites. Keep up with your furry buddy’s parasite control! There are now many options, from topical drops to oral medications to shampoos and collars. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Proper Grooming Techniques

Our canine pals’ grooming needs vary wildly from dog to dog. Some pups, such as poodles, may benefit from having their hair cut, especially in summer. However, if your pooch has a double coat, getting him clipped will cause more problems than it solves, and can actually lead to ongoing skin problems. It’s also important to bathe and brush Fido regularly. How often your pet needs these beauty treatments will depend on the type, thickness, and length of his fur. Ask your vet for more information.

Avoid Foreign Bodies

Sometimes hotspots are caused by foreign bodies, such as splinters. A bee sting will also do it, as could contact with irritants, such as chemicals or plants. Be careful where you walk Fido!


If Fido doesn’t have enough ways to keep himself occupied while you’re out, he could start licking and biting himself. This can lead to—you guessed it—hot spots. Make sure your pup has lots of fun toys, and that he is getting enough activity and stimulation.

Veterinary Care

Making sure Fido sees the vet is very important! If your pet is getting hot spots, and none of the other causes seem to apply, it could be due to medical issues, such as allergies or anal sac disease. Bacterial infections are another possibility. These things need to be properly diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule, and make an appointment immediately if your pooch has hot spots. Please contact us at Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA vet, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care.

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