A hotspot is a skin condition in dogs involving an area of skin which has become inflamed and infected. The affected skin appears as a wet, oozing, reddened, hairless area that is painful and itchy to the dog. In addition an odor is often present.

Continued licking and chewing at the area by the dog worsens the condition and prevents it from healing.

Anything that causes itchiness can lead to hot spots. Some common triggers are allergies to organisms in the environment such as grasses, trees, weeds, dust mites, food allergies, fleas, mites, insect bites and skin wounds. A bacterial infection of the skin, usually caused by staph, develops on damaged inflamed skin. The infection is often deep. Often your dogs may be experiencing a pinched nerve and this could be the underlying cause of continued irritation. Your dog’s only defense is to lick the area.


Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture have proven highly successful in the treatment of hotspots and I strongly encourage you to seek a qualified animal chiropractor as your first line of defense.

This is your best solution for long term healing of the area: For the Love of Dog Neem Shampoo and For the Love of DogsSkin Lotion is highly effective in clearing the infection and relieving the itching and pain. A good chiropractor will help identify and remove the underlying triggers if possible.

Oral antibiotics are often prescribed for a course of three to four weeks and sometimes longer. Often a short course of corticosteroids is given to relieve the itching and pain due to the inflammation. Antihistamines may also be used to help with itchiness. It is important to weigh the risks of these drugs as they can compromise your dogs health.

For the Love of Dogs Neem Shampoo will cleanse the wound without depleting vital moisture from the skin while For the Love of Dogs Skin Lotion will speed healing. It is very soothing and will not stain your dog’s coat.