Hot Spots are a skin lesion described as purulent or moist bacterial dermatitis. Hot spots are areas of skin that become irritated, often under heavy coat or mats, where the skin is deprived of air and cannot “breathe. The skin itches causing the pet to chew aggressively making the skin raw and infected.

The sooner treatment is effected, the better. Caught early the hot spot can be controlled before it becomes large and severe. Effective treatment includes shaving the hair off the area and applying a topical antibiotic such as Neopredef. Oral (systemic) antibiotics are administered to control the infection, and anti-inflammatories are prescribed to alleviate the itching (pruritis). Flea control is a necessity to prevent future hotspots. (Frontline Top Spot, Advantage, or Revolution).