One type of health issue which your dog may experience is hot spots. What are hot spots on dogs, and how can we detect them? Hot spots, also known as acute wet dermatitis, pyotraumatic dermatitis, wet eczema, or summer wounds, are swollen, red, moist, and slowly oozing wounds on the surface of the skin that the dog often inflicts on itself by licking or chewing.
They can appear and spread very quickly, and some can remain for many months. Often, the hair around the licked area has a pinkish tinge caused by saliva. Sometimes a hot spot can smell bad. Hair loss usually occurs in this area, but sometimes they can hide in the coat, and the dog’s relentless licking or chewing is the only warning.