Dog hot spot treatment involves:
- treating the lesion, and
- treating the underlying cause.
- 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.