(Acute Moist Dermatitis, “Hot Spots”) General Information
Pyotraumatic dermatitis is caused by excessive licking, biting, rubbing, or scratching of an area of the body that itches or is painful. Many cases are simply an intense reaction to flea bites. Other underlying causes include allergy, parasites, ear infections, anal irritations, matted dirty coats, contact with irritating materials, and compulsive licking or chewing. Dogs with dense undercoats, such as German Shepherds, Collies, Golden and Labrador Retrievers, and Saint Bernards, are often affected with “hot spots.” Pyotraumatic dermatitis is most common in hot humid weather. Typical sores are hairless, reddened, and moist, with a thick yellowish covering in the center. The sores are painful and progress rapidly if not treated. Important Points in Treatment
- Sedation or anesthesia is often necessary to adequately clean the sores. Clipping of the hair is important to healing.
- Medication: Give all medication as directed. Call the doctor if you are unable to carry out the prescribed treatment.
- See your Veterinarian for Diet and Skin treatment instructions
- Intense licking, chewing, or scratching can delay healing and may increase skin damage. Call the doctor if you are unable to prevent this activity.
Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occur
- Your pet’s sores appear to worsen or spread.
- Your pet’s skin condition returns after an apparent recovery.
- Your pet’s general health deteriorates.