Natural Home Remedies for Hot Spots on Dogs
Is your dog miserable as he tries to lick, bite, and scratch at his own skin? Maybe he has a hot spot. This is an inflamed area of skin that is very itchy and painful, and is usually found on the neck, chest, or flank. If your poor dog does have it, you don’t need to take him to the vet. There are ways you can treat the infected area at home. You can clean the wound, dress the wound, and try to make your dog forget about the wound.
You want to try to catch it early because it can grow quite fast. It might be the size of a quarter in the morning, but by the time evening comes it might have grown to the size of a tennis ball. Secondary infections can also occur, so pay attention to your dog’s behaviour, watching for anything out of the ordinary so you can start treatment right away.
What You Need
Here is what you are going to need to treat the problem:
- scissors, or a razor-salt
- green or black tea bags
Trim The Area
First, you are going to have to trim or shave the area around the sore. This will help you as you clean and dress it, and will also expose it to fresh air. If you don’t trim or shave around the hot spot, the hair will get stuck in it and make it worse.
Clean The Wound
Next, clean the sore. You can do this with a saltwater mixture, about a teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl of warm water. Soak a cloth in the mixture, then put the cloth over it. This will help to bring down swelling and remove the pus.
Dress The Wound
Then give your dog some tea. Not really! But green and black tea do contain tannic acid that will help to relieve sores. What you need to do is to dip a tea bag in hot water. Take it out and let it cool. Then place it on the hot spot for a few minutes. This will also dry it out, which is good because you want to try to keep it dry and clean at all times. Continue to dresssing with the tea bags a few times a day until it starts to heal.
The hardest part might be getting your dog not to bite or scratch the spot. If he does, he will just make the wound worse. So keep your dog occupied with lots of activities to make him forget about the itchy spot. I know a dog who would love to have a hot spot if it meant I would throw a ball with her all day long. Your dog will be thrilled to have all of your attention. You can also apply witch hazel to soothe the itching.
If you don’t do either of those things you might have to use the dreaded Elizabethan collar. Although it might make you laugh to see your dog in on of those things, it isn’t easy to make him happy while wearing it.
If the hot spot doesn’t respond to this home remedy, or if it starts to get worse, take him to the vet to get a stronger topical solution to deal with the infection.
No one wants to see their dog suffer. If the hot spot is really painful and itchy, take the time to trim the area, disinfect the sore, and dress the wound. Your dog will be so grateful and will be your friend for life.