Red Spots on My Dog’s Tummy, What Does It Mean?

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Usually mild to moderate.

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Key points

  • The most common cause of red spots on your dog’s stomach is a bacterial infection called pyoderma.
  • In pyoderma, the red spots are called papules.
  • Puppies and dogs with allergies or sensitive skin are particularly prone to developing red spots.
  • A veterinarian will need to examine your dog to find out the cause.
  • Treatment might involve antibiotics in the form of tablets or a medicated wash.

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Symptoms & types

Red spots are usually a sign of a bacterial skin infection or inflammation of the skin.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes



Bleeding Disorder

If the red spots are mild and your dog is otherwise well, you can try to bathe the area with salt water.

Best treatment options

Home remedies & their effectiveness

When to see a vet



Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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