Dog Health: Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)

Dog | Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)

An Introduction to Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)

Dr Erin Coomer BVSc - Veterinarian

Hot Spots in Dogs: Learn about Hot Spots, including how it can affect your dog, and what options are available to manage this type of skin condition.

Dog Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis) information

Causes of Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)

Occur as a result of a pet itching (self traumatizing) itself excessively or aggressively.

These sores can occur very quickly. 

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Symptoms of Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)

You may see a wet and weepy lesion, or a dry large scab.  Your dog may have one, or multiple sores.  Sores may be small or large.  They are not contagious to you or other pets, however the PRIMARY reason for your pet feeling itchy may be contagious (eg.  Fleas).

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Treatment of Hotspots (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)


A visit to your Veterinarian is recommended.


1.  Wound needs to be cleaned and allowed to dry.  Your Vet will likely clip the hair around the hotspot. 

2.  Prevent licking.  Your dog may be fitted with an e-collar (cone) around its neck.

3.  Topical medication may be prescribed...
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