A hot spot is an infection of the skin which can spontaneously appear anywhere on the animal's body and can rapidly spread. It may be caused by allergens (including food, contact, or inhalant), parasites, fleas, wound, stress, or bacteria. Hot spots can occur in any dog breed, but are more common to those with thicker coats. Hot spots are rarely found on cats.
Symptoms: Red, inflamed lesions. Itching, biting, and licking.
Treatment: Hot spots are typically treated with oral or topical medications.