Living with a pet makes your life a little happy place. There is no better love than a dog’s love.
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” This was said by an anonymous celebrity and rightly so.
And that’s why it breaks your heart when you see them suffering from an ailment. As animals, they are more prone to parasites and bacterial infections, and the worst part is if you don’t notice it, they’ll suffer in silence. One of those kinds of ailments in dogs is hot spots.
A hot spot, also known as pyotraumatic or moist dermatitis, is a condition in dogs that involves an area of skin that becomes inflamed or infected. This is most often set off by your dog scratching, licking, gnawing and chewing on the area. The early stages of formation involve the skin becoming moist, itchy and red. The advanced stage involves a full-blown infection with pus oozing out of the wounded area.
If your dog continuously develops hot spots, it might be a sign of an underlying disease. If that’s the case, you should visit your vet.
Any skin irritation makes your dog gnaw, scratch and lick the irritated area, which results in the red and inflamed skin. Other reasons for hot spots in dogs may be:
Signs your dog may have a hot spot include:
You can prevent hot spots from occurring by following the steps below:
Here are some 10 home remedies for hot spots in dogs that you can use to improve your pet's condition.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It kills the bacteria present on the skin, improves the skin’s pH levels and soothes the skin when applied topically. This will help prevent your dog from going back to chewing or scratching at the hot spot and worsening the wound promoting faster healing. It is also helpful to get rid of fleas on your furry little friend.
Apply this 2 to 4 times a day, or as needed, for 1 week.
You can also give your dog apple cider vinegar orally. Mix the specified quantity in with your dog’s wet food:
Add it to your dog’s food once a day for 1 week, or until your dog stops itching and licking the spot.
Black tea contains tannic acid, which has the ability to draw out bacteria and soothe the sore. It also dries out the infected area and promotes gentle healing.
Do this several times a day for 1 week.
Aloe vera is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used as an antibiotic and a disinfectant. It soothes any skin irritation and promotes quick healing.
Repeat once or twice a day, until the hot spots begin to heal.
The best type of honey to use to treat any wound in dogs is Manuka honey. Honey is naturally high in enzymes, antioxidants, and flavonoids. When used as a wound-dressing, honey eliminates bacterial infections and helps decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Do this twice a day daily until the wound is completely healed.
Colloidal silver is an all-natural pure substance that contains microscopic clusters of silver, in pure ionized water held in suspension by a tiny electric charge laid on each particle. It is used to treat bacterial, parasitic and viral infections.
Repeat several times a day for 1 week to relieve your pooch of their misery.
Tea tree oil has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps calm the irritation and itching on the wound and promotes quick healing.
The dishwashing liquid in the solution will help the distilled water blend well with the tea tree oil.
Things you’ll need:
Use this remedy several times a day.
Coconut oil is one of the best home remedies for hot spots in dogs, as it is antifungal and antibacterial in nature. It can be used for topical application as well as internal consumption.
Do this several times a day.
You can also use a specified amount of coconut oil as a supplement in your pooch’s diet. Always start slow. Add a ¼ teaspoon per 10 pounds and 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds of your dog’s weight.
Listerine is one of the best solutions to help improve hot spots in dogs, as it does not have any alcohol that might burn the wound. The herbal oils in Listerine have antifungal and antibacterial properties that disinfect and dry out the hot spot.
Things you’ll need:
Use this remedy several times a day for 1 week. This spray can also be used to get rid of manges in dogs.
Witch hazel has skin-soothing properties. It is also a powerful astringent that will dry out the wound and help it heal faster.
Repeat 2 or 3 times a day until the hot spot vanishes.
Benadryl is an antihistamine and anti-allergic agent. It is an over-the-counter medicine that can be used to ease itching and skin irritation in dogs. Always use Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) with no additional additives or products.
Give your pooch Benadryl orally after consulting your vet. The dosage should be:
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