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When it comes to skin conditions in dogs, one of the most commonly known condition is hotspot. This skin condition can be itchy, painful, and develop in a matter of minutes. It’s medical name is Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, and today we want to give our clients insight on the possible causes and symptoms.

Possible Symptoms

  • Persistent licking, chewing, or scratching
  • Alopecia
  • Red, swollen, or moist lesions

Possible Causes

  • Focused chewing or licking in a specific area on the dog’s body
  • Flea bite
  • Food hypersensitivity
  • Contact Dermatitis

If you notice a hot spot, it is best to reach out to your veterinarian as soon as possible as the wound may become infected overnight. There are many wonderful Veterinary Clinics in the Charleston, John’s Island and James Island areas who we support such as Riverbank Vet Clinic, Sun Dog Cat Moon, Angel Oak, Southside Vet, and Oceanside Vet just to name a few!


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