Itchy & Hot Spots

Does your dog get itchy, red, inflamed skin or develop hotspots? Shop our range of products to help soothe and treat your dogs skin. 


What causes itchy or red skin in dogs?

Itchy red skin in dogs can stem from a variety of factors, including allergies (food, environmental, or contact), flea infestations or flea allergy dermatitis, skin infections (bacterial, fungal, or parasitic), irritants such as harsh shampoos or chemicals, dry skin, poor grooming habits, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, parasitic infestations like mites or ticks, food sensitivities or intolerances, and stress or anxiety. Identifying the root cause is crucial for effective treatment, so consulting with a veterinarian is recommended to properly diagnose the issue and develop an appropriate management plan tailored to your dog's specific needs.

What are Hotspots?

Hotspots, also called acute moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, are localized areas of inflamed, red, and often moist or oozing skin found on dogs. These lesions are typically very itchy and painful for the dog, and they can develop rapidly, sometimes within hours. Hotspots often result from underlying issues like allergies, flea infestations, bacterial or fungal infections, or skin irritations. Common triggers include insect bites, allergies, or excessive licking or scratching of a particular area. For more information on Hotspots and how to treat them visit the vetnpet DIRECT Help Centre here.

What helps to soothe itchy red skin in dogs?

To soothe itchy red skin in dogs, consider using topical treatments, gels and creams, which can help alleviate irritation and inflammation. Additionally, medicated shampoos containing ingredients like oatmeal or tea tree oil can provide relief during baths. Dietary supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids or antihistamines prescribed by your veterinarian may also help manage itching from within. Always consult with your vet before trying new products to ensure they are safe and suitable for your dog's condition.