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.
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.