Dog Has a Hot Spot (cont.)

When to Get the Vet

Scrutinize the area daily for signs of increased swelling, heat, or sensitivity. If you notice any of these signs or if your dog develops a fever, she'll probably need systemic antibiotics and should see your veterinarian.

You should also call your vet without delay if your dog's hot spot has progressed far beyond hair loss and red irritated skin and now appears as fur sticky with accumulated discharge, covering raw to bloody, excoriated patches of flesh.