Picture This: Management of Canine Pyotraumatic Dermatitis (a.k.a., Hot Spot)

J Spec Oper Med. 2018 Summer;18(2):105-109. doi: 10.55460/XCG6-N1DJ.


Pyotraumatic dermatitis (a.k.a., hot spot) is a rapidly developing, superficial, moist, exudative dermatitis commonly induced by self-inflicted trauma. Although not acutely life threatening, these lesions are extremely pruritic and distracting and significantly interfere with the canine's operational effectiveness and ability to stay on task. The review discusses a case, including clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dermatitis* / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis* / pathology
  • Dermatitis* / therapy
  • Dermatitis* / veterinary
  • Dogs
  • Military Medicine
  • Military Personnel
  • Skin / injuries*
  • Skin / pathology*
  • Veterinary Medicine