Natural Dog Hot Spots Remedies

Natural dog hot spots remedies include the use of various herbs to effectively treat the skin lesions and soothe the irritation. This page looks at some simple ways to prepare home remedies for hot spots as well as some natural products that are effective for this dog skin problem.

Hot spots can arise very quickly - sometimes in a matter of hours. They can cause a lot of discomfort and pain to your dog, although in most cases hot spots in dogs are not serious and can be managed at home - depending on the underlying cause. As a general rule of thumb, if the hot spots do not go away after home treatment for a couple of days, or if they are spreading quickly with weeping, oozing sores, then you need to take your dog to the vet.

Conventional treatment of canine hot spots involves the use of medications such as antihistamines, steroids, and/or antibiotics, which may bring relief to your dog but at the same time may further weaken your dog's immune system. Some dogs may also develop adverse side effects if such medications are used.

If your dog has hot spots and you would like to first use natural remedies to treat the problem, read on. This page takes a look at some natural dog hot spot remedies, such as herbal remedies, both for topical and internal uses.

(For information on the symptoms and causes of dog hot spots, please visit this page.)

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Herbal Remedies for Dog Hot Spots

Dog Hot Spots Remedies Herbal dog hot spots remedies are effective in treating this dog skin problem. Follow these steps:

Clip the hair away from the hot spots

The most important point to remember when treating dog hot spots is to keep the affected areas dry, so it is advisable to clip the hair away from the hot spots. Also, remove any hair that has become stuck to the sore because of oozing pus. Since the sore can be painful to the dog, he might not let you handle him so care has to be taken - put a muzzle on him if necessary.

Clean the hot spots

Use a mild gentle skin cleanser to clean the wound. Then use a disinfectant such as povidone iodine (Betadine) to disinfect the hot spots. Povidone iodine should be diluted (to ice-tea color) before use. After disinfecting the hot spots, apply a few drops of aloe juice to the hot spots for a soothing effect. (Aloe is antibacterial as well). Alternatively, if you have Manuka honey, you can apply a thin layer of the honey to the hot spots.

Apply a cool compress

If your dog's hot spots are very itchy and irritating, apply a cool compress to the affected area 2-4 times a day. This will alleviate the intense itching.

Here is one way to make a cool compress:

  • Brew a strong peppermint tea (use at least 3-4 teabags, or 2-3 tablespoons of dried peppermint). To cool the tea quickly, pour it over ice cubes.
  • Alternatively, add 2 or 3 drops of pure peppermint essential oil to a bowl of cold water.
  • Soak a cloth and wring it just until it stops dripping.
  • Apply the compress to the affected area.
  • When the compress becomes warm, soak it again in the peppermint tea, and repeat for 15-20 minutes.

Apply an antibacterial herbal poultice to the wound

You can also apply an herbal poultice to the hot spots to speed up healing. Use an infusion of herbs that are antibacterial - for example, calendula, aloe, or Saint-John's wort are good choices. Apply the infusion 3-4 times a day.

Remember to dry off the spots after each treatment.

Herbal Honey

Alternatively, you can apply herbal honey to the wound. Honey is antibacterial and is excellent for wound healing.

Green Tree Poultice

If you don't have herbs at home, a simple home remedy is to use green tea bags. Green tea has been found to be antibiotic and antibacterial, and it is therefore effective in treating dog skin irritation such as hot spots.

A quick and simple way is to steep two green tea bags in a cup of hot water. Let it cool down and use the tea as a poultice and apply it to the affected area. Repeat 2-3 times a day.

Aloe Gel

If the hot spot on the skin is dry, you can apply aloe vera gel to the affected area.

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Natural Products for Dog Hot Spots

Below are some products of dog hot spots remedies that contain herbs and other natural ingredients. They are safe, gentle but very effective in treating hot spots.

For Topical Use

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Doc Ackerman's Instant Hot Spot Relief Spray

This spray contains skin soothing herbs such as green tea extract, aloe vera oil, eucalyptus oil, St.-John's wort, witch hazel, etc. This spray can give almost instant relief to skin irritations such as hot spots.

This shampoo contains a lot of good herbs - such as green tea, goldenseal, slippery elm, marshmallow root, garlic, etc., and is effective in treating not only hot spots but also skin allergies caused by fleas and other irritants. It makes your dog smell good too!

This healing cream contains a lot of soothing and healing herbs (e.g. calendula, goldenseal, chamomile, comfrey, and more) and can help dogs with superficial skin infections, hot spots, and other skin irritations.


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