All About Hot Spots
Skin and coat care is essential for your pet’s overall well-being. A healthy coat is critical to protecting your pet’s skin, which is much thinner and more sensitive than ours. A regular skin and coat maintenance regimen keeps your pet happy and healthy.
Signs that your pet may have hot spots include:
- Lesions on your pet's skin
- Ulcerations or signs of pus at the hot spot site
- Reddish-brown saliva staining on your pet's coat
- Compulsive licking and chewing
- Hair loss
What Are Hot Spots?
Hot Spots are lesions that result from repetitive licking and chewing. There is usually an underlying condition such as fleas, allergies (from food, pollen, and other environmental factors), or poor grooming, that can cause your pet to lick the same spot frequently. Stress may also be a factor that contributes to your pet’s instinct to lick. Hot spots can grow rapidly, become infected, and be quite painful.
What Hot Spots Mean for Your Pet
Hot spots can cause extreme discomfort, become infected, and give off a bad odor. A hot spot is a general term indicating an actively spreading, moist, itchy (pruritic), deep skin infection. Anything that traumatizes the skin may cause one.