Hotspots on Dogs

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A hotspot is a skin condition which occurs on a dog. It affects an area that has become infected or inflamed. Symptoms that a hotspot has occurred could be hair loss, continually licking and itching. Common causes of hotspots are allergies such as fleas, mites, insect bites, grass and food. A hotspot is usually quite deep in the dog’s skin and can also have an odour. Popular dogs that are prone to hotspots are; Newfoundland’s, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Bernese Mountain dogs.

 Signs of a hotspot could be:

  • Reddening of the area
  • Moist
  • Painful when touched
  • Swollen
  • Warm


To prevent a hotspot, regularly groom the dog, dry thoroughly after bathing or swimming, keep up to date with flea and tick treatments and treat any skin sores immediately. To treat a hotspot, the owner should shave or clip the fur around the infection to dry it out or allow air to it. Hair loss is typical when this infection occurs but matted fur is common on top of the hot spot as well. Cool the area with cold water and cleanse it with a gentle to skin cleanser or antiseptic. If severe, a local veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic or spray

for the dog. Although, there is home remedies to try cure a hotspot. Using black tea bags will help heal and dry out the wound. Soak the tea bag in hot water and once removed let it cool.  Apply the tea bag directly onto the hotspot for about five minutes.  Repeat this treatment several times daily until the spot is dry and healed. Herbal tea bags must not be used. Also, using witch hazel can cool and sooth the infection. All these treatments will help cure a hotspot and get the dog back to its healthy, energetic way again.

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