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by Bob-O on 02 September 2007 - 20:48
It is my experience that any dog at any time can get a hot spot for no apparent reason whatsoever. I have never seen one appear at exactly the same place as an earlier one, but I am sure it is possible. The spots are caused by a mild skin irritation that the dog begins to lick and chew until it is inflamed and infected. Typically these appear on the outer thigh, but I have seen one appear on the back of a dog's neck where the dog could not lick itself.
They are nasty, I agree, but I never noticed increased susceptability to hot spots once the first appeared. I have seen a dog have two (2) in one year, and that same dog went at least four (4) years before another hot spot appeared. I think the best preventive measure is a good bath with a medicated shampoo every four (4) to six (6) months, plus daily coat care with a rake and brush. Soft, clean bedding may very well help.