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Dog Hot Spots Home Remedy: Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray FAQs

In my previous post on hot spots on dogs home remedies, I mentioned about using Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray to treat Bella’s hot spots and rashes. Since then, I received a number of questions from pet owners who’d like to know  more about this product.

What is Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray?

Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic topical solution. It can be used to treat:

1. hot spots
2. rain rot
3. outer ear infection
4. yeast infections
5. rashes

What are the ingredients in Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray?

Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray contains a formulation of oxy cholorine compounds for cleaning wounds and treating infections.

Ingredients:

1. Electrolyzed Water (H2O)(99.97%)
2. Sodium Chloride (NaCI)(0.023%)
3. Sodium Hypochlorite (NaOCI)(0.004%)
4. Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI)(0.003%)

How does Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray work?

The body’s immune system produces a compound known as oxy chlorine to kill bacteria and other pathogens. Vetericyn contains similar oxy chlorine compounds that work in the same way as your dog’s immune system. As these compounds are naturally produced in the body for protection against infectious agents, they are not harmful to healthy tissue. In fact, the body recognises Vetericyn as an ally in promoting healing and fighting infection in hot spots.

Vetericyn has been shown to increase oxygen content at the wound site, thereby reducing healing time by up to 60%.

Since it is both a wound cleanser and dressing, there’s no need to use several products for treating hot spots. No mixing, dilution or rinsing after use is required.

Is it safe to use Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray?

Vetericyn is the animal version of the Microcyn formulation that has been used on more than 2 million human patients worldwide without a report of a single serious adverse effect.

It does not contain antibiotics and steroids, which can undermine the immune system or inhibit the healing process. Both of these can cause adverse side effects in some dogs.

After the application of Vetericyn, you don’t need to worry about your dog licking its wounds. Vetericyn is non-toxic and does not cause side effects when ingested. It is safe to be used around the eyes, nose and mouth.

Vetericyn is PH neutral, so does not sting or cause irritation.

How to use Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray?

Vetericyn can be sprayed directly on the wound up to 3 times a day. It can also be sprayed onto dressing before applying to the wound.

The wound treated with Vetericyn is likely to turn red due to increased oxygen content and blood flow to the wound site, which will speed healing.

Where to buy Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray?

Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray can be purchased here.

Other Vetericyn line of animal wound care products are available here.

Pictures of Hot Spots on Dogs

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Hot spot on Golden Retriever
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Hot spot on dog (Photo: Moria)

According to the owner of the dog above:
“This is apparently what can happen when you use Vectra 3D on a dog with sensitive skin. Within 48 hours, Moliere’s skin was so irritated he’d developed a severe hot spot, and is still in a lot of pain after emergency vet treatment. He’ll be on antibiotics for the next 60 days.

Vectra is apparently much stronger than Frontline and some other flea preventatives, and has some powerful pesticides. It was recommended by my regular vet’s office because Moliere is a flea magnet, and they hadn’t had any problems in other dogs that had used it. That’s not a lot of consolation, though.

Please, please: if your dog has sensitive skin, please do NOT use Vectra on him or her! By the time irritation really shows, it’s impossible to wash off the poisons because they’ve already been absorbed.

I’ll definitely be talking to the holistic vet about safer flea preventatives (he’s already on brewer’s yeast and garlic pills, but they’re not strong enough).”

See also: Hot Spots on Dogs Home Remedies

Home Remedies for Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot spots on dogs can develop and enlarge very quickly, so they should be treated as soon as you notice them. Remember, treatment for hot spots on dogs are 2-fold: treating lesions and the underlying cause.

If your dog had ever suffered from hot spots, you’d have prior experience in treating them. You may already have antiseptic, and some leftover antibiotic and steroid cream from the previous treatment. These can be used to treat recurrent hot spots on your dog without visiting a vet.

Here are some home remedies for hot spots on dogs:

1. Black tea bag compress

Black tea contains tannins that stop infection, dry up the area and help it to heal.

Place a black tea bag in hot water for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag from the water and let it cool before applying it on the hot spots for 5 minutes. Repeat this step 3-4 times daily, until the hot spots dry up. It may take a few days.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. While some have recommended apple cider vinegar as treatment for hot spots on dogs, I personally don’t like using it. Some dogs can be sensitive and be put off by the stinging sensation.

When my dog, Bella, developed hot spots due to Demodex mite infection, I applied dilute apple cider vinegar on them and she didn’t like it at all!

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

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4. Vetericyn Canine Hot Spot Spray

This is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral topical solution for treating infections or open wounds. It does not contain antibiotic and steroid. You don’t need to worry about your dog licking or ingesting it as it is non-toxic.

Vetericyn works in the same way as your dog’s immune system and does not cause adverse effects. It treats inflammation and increases oxygen at the wound site, thereby speeding healing time.

When I used Vetericyn on Bella’s hot spots, the lesions dried and healed within a a week. There was no need to clean the hot spots with a separate antiseptic solution. Vetericyn cleans and treats wounds simultaneously. Unlike apple cider vinegar, Vetricyn does not sting or cause irritation.

Occasionally, she gets rashes on her belly. I apply Vetericyn on them and they clear up fast. I keep a bottle of Vetericyn on standby just in case she gets hot spots or other skin problems.

I can’t emphasise enough the importance of identifying and treating the underlying cause of itchiness. In most cases, fleas/ticks are the culprits. Your dog may be allergic to certain food, plant or inhalant. Long haired or thick coated dog breeds are more predisposed to hot spots.

Dog Hot Spot Treatment

Dog hot spot treatment involves:

  • treating the lesion, and
  • treating the underlying cause.

Treating lesion

  • Trim the hair around the lesion area. Hot spot heals faster when exposed to air.
  • Clean the area with a mild antiseptic solution.
  • Apply topical corticosteroid/antibiotic to the affected area to alleviate itchiness and inflammation. Your vet may prescribe oral corticosteroid and oral antibiotic if the hot spots are serious and widespread.
  • Elizabethan collar is helpful in preventing your dog from further traumatizing the area when it’s healing.

If you are concerned about the side effects of corticosteroids and/or antibiotics on your dog, check out Hot Spots on Dogs Home Remedies for alternative treatment.

Treating the underlying cause

Identifying and treating the underlying cause of itchiness is the key to preventing outbreak of hot spots. In most cases, fleas/ticks are the culprits. Your dog may be allergic to certain food, plant or inhalant. Long haired or thick coated dog breeds are more predisposed to hot spots.

What are Hot Spots on Dogs?

Hot spots on dogs are bacterial infections of the skin. It is also known as acute moist dermatitis and pyrotraumatic dermatitis.

What causes of hot spots on dogs?

Hot spots develop as your dog chews, licks or scratches an itchy or irritated area of the skin, which then becomes infected. The itchiness or irritation may be caused by:

  • fleas and ticks
  • mites
  • hot and humid weather
  • allergies
  • ear infections
  • poor grooming
  • anal gland infections
  • dense hair coat
  • matted hair
  • joint problems (hip dysplasia, athritis, degenerative joint disease)

Signs of hot spots on dogs:

  • Lesions that are moist, oozy, inflammed, pink/red in colour, with hair loss. These are very painful and itchy. There may be pus caused by secondary infection.
  • They can appear on any parts of the body, but are more common on the head, hip and side of the body.
  • They form in patches and can increase in size very quickly (within just hours!).

Treatment for hot spots on dogs:

See Dog Hot Spot Treatment

See Home Remedies for Hot Spots on Dogs

Natural Flea & Tick Control: Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs

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Diatomaceceous Earth (Click image for more info)

Diatomaceous Earth is made up of fossilized skeletal remains of algae, especially diatoms. They are ground up into a fine powder, to be used for various purposes:

1. tick and flea control
2. pest control - ants, cocokroaches, slugs
3. filters – swimming pool, drinking water, fish tanks
4. abrasive – toothpaste, facial scrub, metal polish
5. absorbent – clean up liquid spills, used in cat litter
6. hydroponics – as growing medium
7. agriculture – anticaking agent in grain handling and storage areas
8. dewormer

Diatomaceous Earth for flea and tick control

While diatomaceous earth feels like talcum powder and harmless to human beings, it is lethal to fleas, ticks and other insects. The microscopic sharp edges of the powder cut through the protective layers of the body, causing adult fleas/ticks, their eggs and larvae to dry up and eventually die.

The powder can be applied to carpets, floors, furniture, bedding, in the yard and on your dog.

Make sure you get food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Do not use pool grade (for swimming pool) as it has been treated and therefore, toxic to animals.

While it takes a few days for Diatomaceous Earth to kill off fleas/ticks, its natural flea/tick control effect is more lasting than that of chemical pesticides.

Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe For Dogs?

Food grade diatomaceous earth is a natural tick and flea killer that’s non-toxic.

Since diatomaceous earth is a drying agent, avoid direct contact with eyes or mucous membranes. Do not inhale the dust. Wear a mask or protective gear to cover your mouth and nose when applying it. If you are treating a large area, keep the dog away until the dust (if any) has settled.

Click here for a non toxic Diatomaceous earth that can be used as a natural flea and tick control for your dogs.

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease in dogs is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria. This bacteria is transmitted by ticks, especially deer ticks. Lyme disease is common in certain parts of the USA, particularly the Northeast, Midwest and the West.

Dogs that live in endemic areas are more likely to be infected. Besides dogs, human beings, horses and cattle can be develop Lyme disease.

How Lyme disease is transmitted to dogs

The bacteria is transmitted by 2 types of ticks: Ixodes and I. pacificus. The 3 stages of a tick are larva, nymph and adult. Larva and nymph feed on small mammals (such as mouse), while adult tick feeds on larger host (such as deer, dogs, humans, horses). Infected ticks attach to the host until they become engorged with its blood and then fall off.
It is during this time that a feeding tick transfers the bacteria from its mid-gut to the host. Transmission only occurs after at least 48 hours.

Lyme disease symptoms in dogs

About 95% of infected dogs do not show Lyme disease symptoms. It would take weeks or months after being infected before symptoms appear.

Some of the Lyme disease symptoms in dogs are:

- fever
- loss of appetite
- depression
- lameness in one limb or several limbs
- swollen joints
- pain on joints
- enlarged lymph nodes

Kidney failure, heart problem or nervous system disorder may occur in rare cases.

Other medical conditions may share these symptoms, so a proper diagnosis is necessary.

How to diagnosed Lyme disease in dogs

It is difficult to diagnose Lyme disease in dogs. There is no one test for diagnosing the disease. While the standard test is for the presence of Lyme disease antibodies, it is not able to differentiate between exposure and infection to the disease. A dog exposed to the bacteria does not always develop and show symptoms of Lyme disease. Treatment is only required for an active infection.

The presence of symptoms, exposure to endemic area and the response to treatment may sometimes be enough to diagnose Lyme disease in dogs.

Treatment for Lyme disease in dogs

Lyme disease in dogs is treated with antibiotics. Symptoms should improve within 1-2 days of starting treatment.

Antibiotics only suppress but do not kill the Borrelia burgdoferi bacteria. The bacteria remain dormant in the dog’s body where it doesn’t cause active infection. Lyme disease can recur in dogs if the immune system is low.

Natural remedies

If your pet does have Lyme disease, there are natural remedies available to help fight it and other flea and tick borne illnesses. These herbal remedies actually strengthen your pet’s immune system, and ultimately increase their natural ability to fight off infection. As an alternative to the dangerous side effects of prescription medications, these natural products can be very effective in helping keep your pet’s system clean and to boost their natural immune functioning in cases where prescription medications may be necessary.

  • TF-Defense treats Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses
  • Immunity & Liver Support strengthens and improves immune system and liver functioning.
  • Muscle & Joint Support relieves stiffness in swollen joints, reduces pain and promotes healthy muscles and bones.
  • LiverAid stimulates and improves liver functioning and prevents disease.

Prevention

  • Check your dog regularly for ticks by brushing with a flea comb. If ticks are removed immediately or within 48 hours of attaching to your dog, transmission does not occur.
  • Avoid tick infested areas such as wooded, bushy, leafy or grassy areas.
  • Keep your lawn mowed, and clear of leaves and overgrowth trees.

Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2009

Here are the top 10 pet poisons of 2009 (source: ASCPA)

1. Human medications
Prescription and over the counter drugs: painkillers, cold meds, antidepressants and dietary supplements.

2. Insecticides
Most common is the misuse of flea and tick products, such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species.

There are alternative non toxic ways to eliminate fleas. Check out how to get rid of fleas and ticks without chemicals and pesticides.

3. Human food

Grapes, raisins, avocado and products containing xylitol, like gum can cause serious disability to pets.

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Chocolate contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which, if ingested in significant amounts, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.

4. Plants
Common harmful house plants: azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera. Lilies are especially toxic to cats, and can cause life-threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.

5. Veterinary medications
Although vet meds are meant for pets, the improper dosage or application of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
heartworm preventatives, de-wormers, antibiotics, vaccines and nutritional supplements by pet owners can be harmful.

6. Rodenticides
Pets can accidentally ingest rat and mouse poisons. Potential life threatening problems are bleeding, seizures or kidney damage. Be sure to keep baits away from the reach of pets.

7. Household cleaners
Toxic household cleaners such as bleaches, detergents and disinfectants can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract when inhaled by pets.

8. Heavy metals
Poisonous heavy metals: lead, zinc and mercury. Lead is especially pernicious, and pets are exposed to it through many
sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum, and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.

9 Garden products
Certain types of fertilizer and garden products can cause severe gastric upset and possibly gastrointestinal obstruction.

10. Chemical hazards
Chemical hazards–found in ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals–form a substantial danger to pets. Substances in this group can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.

What you can do

The key is prevention, so make sure you keep potential hazards out of the reach of your pet.

Watch out for signs of poisoning and bring your pet to the vet for immediate treatment.

Dog Vaccination: The Dangers of Over Vaccination

Vaccine is either made from killed or modified forms of microbe (bacteria and/or virus). It stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that protect your dog against the disease-causing microbe. If your dog is infected with the microbe again, his body knows how to defend against it by producing antibodies.

Why over vaccination is dangerous

Vaccinations put excessive strain on the immune system. The latter responds by attacking itself (autoimmune diseases), attacking the site of injection or worsening inhalant allergies.

Some of the potential problems arising from vaccinations are:
- immune related diseases (including immune mediated hemolytic anemia and immune mediated skin disease)
- skin cancer
- skin allergies
- arthritis
- leukemia
- inflammatory bowel disease
- behaviour problems
- thyroid disease
- recurrent ear infections
- recurrent respiratory infections
- cancer

Should you give your dog any vaccination?

Vaccinations can prevent serious illnesses but use them with caution. Consider the risk before vaccinating your dog.

Do your own research before making your decision about dog vaccination. Don’t rely on your vet for up-to-date and unbiased advice. Most of them are motivated by profit from the quantity of vaccines given.

Dog Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms: 7 Early Warning Signs

Dogs can be prone to urinary tract infection (UTI). Early detection and treatment help to keep the infection at bay. If a urinary tract infection in dogs isn’t detected quickly, it can be harder to treat and may potentially lead to more serious problems. The key effective treatment is to recognise the 7 dog urinary tract infection symptoms.

1. Frequent urination

If your dog suddenly needs to urinate more often than before, he can be suffering from urinary infection.

2. Accidents in the house

Dogs which have otherwise been fully house trained suddenly begin to eliminate everywhere except the potty area. Urinary tract infection can cause dogs to have accidents inside and outside the house as they often feel the need to go “right now”.

Before you dismiss this symptom in your dog as a behaviour or house training problem, please have him checked by the vet first.

3. Painful urination

This can be difficult to identify in dogs. However, you may notice your dog whimpers when he urinates.

4. Straining to urinate

Your dog may seem unable to eliminate. He tries to go but only urinate in small amounts or none at all.

5. Bad urine odor

Normal dog urine has little or no odor to it. If the urine smells badly, it can be symptom of dog urinary tract infection.

6. Blood in urine

Normal dog urine should be clear to slightly yellow in colour. Pink, reddish or very dark colour urine may indicate a bladder infection.

7. Weight loss and vomiting

There are various reasons why dogs vomit. If your dog vomits regularly and suffers from weight loss, it may be suffering from an upper urinary tract infection.

Unfortunately, dogs can’t tell us when they are in pain, not feeling well or something is wrong or bothering them. The best way of detecting an infection is to know your dog well. Be aware of his usual habits so that you will be able to spot when something is not right with him. The earlier you find and treat a dog UTI, the better the chances of a full recovery.

When you notice any of the above mentioned dog urinary tract infection symptoms, bring him to the vet immediately for proper diagnosis and early treatment.

A simple infection can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics. PetAlive UTI-Free is a natural treatment for urinary infection in dogs.


If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to recurrent infections or other more serious problems. Be sure to provide plenty of drinking water for your dog.