Hot spots are an acute form of dermatitis that can be pinkish to red, moist or weeping, and warm or hot to the touch. These irritated areas can become bald and are very itchy, causing great discomfort for your pet. This is a guide about remedies for hot spots on dogs.
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I took my Chow Chow to the vet and he said, she had a hot spot. $102.00 later, and some spray that stung and drove her crazy, and a naked shaved spot she had for months later. I found out I could do the exact same thing with corn starch. Use the regular "make the gravy thick" corn starch from the grocery store.
Baby powder with cornstarch works, too, if your doggie suffers from hot spots. Try putting some corn starch on it four or five times a day, or every time you check and it looks a tiny bit wet, for a couple of days. It will dry and scab and heal without your baby suffering, and it`s way cheaper.
My girl has had about 6 of them in the last five years and for every one of them, all we did was use, for a couple of days, good ole corn starch and she is good as new.
Try it, you`ll like it.
Source: Experience and a heat rash survivor. Can't live without corn starch.
By jantoo1 from Kemp, TX
Our dog, Joshua, develops "hot spots" in the heat of summer, and constantly chews his back and his bobtail until it is raw and the hair is gone. I have tried all kinds of ointments with no success. So I have devised a collar that I can slip over his head to prevent him from being able to reach those spots to chew. I measured the distance from the back of his ear to his shoulder. (5 inches) Then I measured around his neck. I added a little to this measurement so that the collar would not be too tight.
Using these measurements, I cut 6 layers of muslin, then cut 2 layers from a manila file folder about 1/2 an inch smaller all around. I laid down 3 layers of the muslin, then the 2 layers of cardboard to make it rigid, and then the other 3 layers of the muslin. I sewed around all 4 sides close to the edge, then sewed seams lengthwise about an inch apart to keep the layers from shifting. I took large safety pins and pinned this around his neck.
It is not tight. I can slip it off his head to bathe him, but he cannot get it off. He wasn't really happy with his new collar, but it has prevented him from reaching back and biting those places on his rear and they are healing. The photo shows pretty clearly what I have just described.
By Harlean from AR
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Here are questions related to Remedies for Hot Spots on Dogs.
My yorkie/poodle 10 yr old dog starting getting hot spots about a year ago. It is destroying his life, his skin, his fur and I don't know what to do. I have tried used tea bags, still working on that. Maybe it takes time.
The vet used to give him cortisone injections but it barely worked at all and only for about 2 days. I don't know how my dog even sleeps, poor thing. I have always kept him healthy, he's strong, active, and on Frontline for fleas. At one time the frontline seemed to stop working so i took him off for a month, put him on Advantage, that didn't work well and now he's back on Frontline. But he still has a small case of fleas.
I think that is causing him to chew at his back and have red skin and lose hair. All of his life he was flealess. Now I can't seem to figure out what is going on. Here is the strange thing!! I know that fleas when dying may have a slight odor. But when I give him a bath and I have tried baby shampoo, oatmeal, and other shampoos, his skin starts to bother him. He whimpers so I just pour more water on him to comfort him. He loves to be warm... But I have noticed every time that the lather of soap has a very unpleasant bleach smell, almost that of gasoline.
As soon as he is bathed and brushed and pretty he goes back at his skin and looks like a dirty mangled up mess. He knots up his hair from excessive CHEWING.
Can somebody tell me what is going on?! This dog is my baby, and this time I don't have any way of helping him. I have a feeling that baths now hurt him. Sorry about the drawn out problem. Just thought all those details were important.
I know this is an old posting, but I need to put in my 2 cents. About there being something wrong,when advantage/frontline don't get rid of all the fleas necessarily. I have had that happen also, and our long time vet said that our area was experiencing a huge flea infestation, and if one of the topical products didn't work, try the other brand.
Also that these were becoming ineffective more and more, because the fleas were developing a tolerance to them. I don't understand how, since fleas life spans are so short.
I too take issue with using these in the first place.They die from ingesting a poison that has gone throught my dogs system. How can it not hurt my dog? Maybe not now, but you never know. Think of how many times,we're told that somethings safe and effective, and then it's pulled from market from serious side effects that took years to develop.
I had 4 dogs and 3 cats at that time,and among other things I did,I read to use dawn dishwashing detrgent.Run of the mill,plain dawn.It's obviously safe,or it would'nt be used to clean wildlife that's been covered in oil,from a spill.
When I could see a flea/fleas,i put a dab of dawn on it,and it died right then.also,when bathing,I'd do the same.I also had flea combs in every room,and flea combed all 7 religously.The dogs loved it,the cats..not so much.
I was really relieved to read that your 4 legged child was so much better.Oh...and as other's have already said,a dog that has a flea sensitivity/allergy can really suffer from just ONE flea bite.
What can I use on my dog that has hot spots on his skin? He is always scratching and biting his skin. Thanks, I need some hope.
The best thing for hotspots is Betagen. You can only get it from a vet. It works very fast. My poodle use to get them a lot so I changed her diet to a good quality food. She may get one once a year now. I spray Betagen on a cotton ball and in a couple of hours the medicine is working and no more itching. I always have Betagen on hand cause it doesn't take much.