Hot Spots on Dogs

A hot spot is an area of red, moist and inflamed skin. They are caused by allergies, parasites, bacterial infections or self-trauma (chewing and licking). Hot spots are usually found on the head, hips and chest areas.

They are most commonly found on the head, hips and chest of dogs.

Hot spots are most commonly found on the head, hips, and chest of dogs. However, they can occur anywhere on the animal’s body including legs, tail, armpits and groin area. Hot spots that are found on the ears can lead to deafness if left untreated so it is important to take care of them immediately. On rare occasions hot spots will appear on a dog’s face or neck but these should not be ignored because they can lead to serious bacterial infections that require immediate treatment by a veterinarian

They result from self-trauma (chewing & licking) due to itching and scratching.

Hot spots on dogs result from self-trauma (chewing & licking) due to itching and scratching. It may be caused by an allergic reaction to the environment, food, fleas or even the skin.

Dogs are more prone to allergies than people because they have so many different types of hair and skin cells that react differently in different environments. Hot spots can also occur when your dog develops a bacterial infection of the skin (pyoderma).

If you suspect that your dog has a hot spot, first take him/her to your vet for an examination (and try not to freak out too much). If it’s confirmed as such, then treatment will depend on what’s causing it:

Hot spots may be caused by allergies, parasites or bacterial infections.

Hot spots may be caused by allergies, parasites or bacterial infections. The most common triggers are fleas and food. Fleas can cause intense itching and hot spots in dogs that have a sensitivity to them, while food allergies can manifest similarly. Parasites such as mites or ticks can also cause hot spots; these tend to be more common in dogs than infections like ringworm (which causes itchy red skin). Some parasitic infestations can be transmitted to humans as well, so it’s important for you and your family members to take precautions when treating your dog with any type of medication for the infection.

Affected Breeds

There are two types of dogs that are more prone to hot spots: short hair dogs and long hair dogs. Short haired dogs have a harder time regulating their body temperature than long haired dogs do, so they can get overheated more easily. Long haired breeds, on the other hand, often don’t feel much temperature change within their bodies because of their extra insulation from all the fur they have!

How are hot spots treated?

Identify the cause of the hot spot. If it’s allergies, treat your dog with anti-inflammatory medications and allergens that can be found in their environment. If it’s a bacterial infection, treat your dog with antibiotics. If it’s fungal or yeast related, treat your dog with oral antifungal medication. If you don’t know what caused the spot to appear in the first place and/or if you choose not to treat for any of these causes, it is recommended that you use an anti-parasite medication on your puppy regularly until they are over one year old (this includes all dogs but especially those who spend time outdoors).

Make sure that no other spots occur because of the same cause as before. For example: if fleas were causing irritation on your puppy last month but they have been treated since then so there shouldn’t be any more new bites appearing anywhere else on their body surface now–then make sure no other parts get bitten by fleas again!

Home Remedies for Hot Spots on Dogs

  • Keep the dog cool. If your dog has a hot spot, it’s important to keep him as cool as possible. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, try setting up fans or open windows and doors to allow for airflow.
  • Dry the area around the hot spot completely. Use a towel or paper towel to pat away any excess moisture from around your dog’s skin before applying any treatments other than an antiseptic spray or ointment because this can cause more discomfort for your pup if left on his skin for extended periods of time.
  • Clean the area thoroughly with an antibacterial ointment or spray before applying any medications containing alcohol because this will help kill off bacteria faster than if nothing was used at all; cleaning also reduces chances of having an allergic reaction due to ingesting chemicals found within these products (as well as reducing risk exposure when handling them). Be sure not wash off hands after cleaning before applying medication so that there won’t be anything inside their eyes when trying prevent infection!

Hot spots on a dog can be treated but prevention is key.

Hot spots can be treated, but prevention is key. Hot spots are caused by many things. When a dog’s skin is itchy or irritated, they will scratch and rub the area against something rough and hard, like furniture or the ground. The friction damages the skin, which eventually leads to hair loss, infection and scabs. Heavily matted fur also contributes to hot spots because it traps bacteria in the coat and on your dog’s skin where he doesn’t have much protection from moisture or sweat.

To prevent hot spots:

  • Identify what’s causing your dog’s pain so you can treat that symptom directly
  • Keep your dog clean so he won’t get dirty easily from bathing
  • Trim his nails to prevent him from scratching himself too hard while trying to relieve himself of stress

Will my dog’s hot spot go away on its own?

Unfortunately, hot spots are not a normal part of the dog’s skin and will not go away on their own. They can be painful and lead to more serious infections. If you suspect your dog has a hot spot, it should be treated by a veterinarian immediately.


There are some home remedies for hot spots on dogs that can soothe the pain and help to heal your dog’s skin. However, you should always consult with your vet before taking any action or using any home remedy. If you are looking to prevent hot spots in the first place, be sure that your dog isn’t allergic to common allergens and is protected against parasites like fleas and ticks. You should also brush their coat regularly and keep it clean, especially after they have been outside playing in the dirt or mud.