Hot Spot Information
A “hot spot” is an area of inflamed, irritated, and infected skin. The infection can have a bad odor, and a sticky discharge which matts the hair coat over the affected area.
The potential causes of a hot spot are prolonged dampness of the skin leading to irritation and infection, irritating agents in contact with the skin (such as harsh shampoos or chemicals), and/or underlying skin diseases such as allergies. Some breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, seem more predisposed to hot spots. However, any breed can be affected.
The area needs to be shaved to remove crusting and allow affected skin to be treated most effectively. The area should continue to be cleaned at home twice daily and a topical medication applied as directed. Oral antibiotics should be given with meals as directed. Antibiotics can cause stomach upset, appetite loss, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, so please watch for any of these signs and call the clinic with any problems. If your pet received a steroid injection today to reduce swelling and pain, he/she may drink, eat, and urinate more frequently for a short period of time- so please be patient with them if any “accidents” occur in the house!