How to Treat Hot Spots
Hot spots can be very troublesome to get rid of since dogs often lick the sores causing matted and wet hair. This can cause infection to spread or other serious problems if it is not dealt with quickly. In order to prevent the spread of infection, it is recommended to cut the hair near the infected area. This prevents the hair from matting and prevents the hot spot from getting larger. The infection should also be washed frequently with a mild antiseptic. Antibiotics can also be used if the washing alone does not solve the problem. Another home remedy that can be effective in combating hot spots on dogs is salt water. The owner should mix about a spoonful of salt with warm water in a medium sized bowl, then use a washcloth to apply the water to the skin. This should be repeated several times a day.
Hot Spot Solutions
Tea bags can also be used to treat red, itchy, hot spots since they contain tannic acid. This tannic acid is effective in drying the lesions on the dog’s skin and relieving some of the irritation which causes licking and the prevention of healing. Many owners chose medicated shampoo for the treatment of dermatitis. This is an excellent choice as many of these shampoos contain wheat germ oil, Lidocaine, or Hydrocortisone. The Hydrocorisone and Lidocaine help reduce the swelling which also reduces pain.
When using a medicated shampoo to treat a dog hot spot, it is important to follow the directions carefully. It is generally expected that the owner leaves the shampoo on the animal for a designated amount of time, often five to ten minutes. If the owner does this, the treatment is not effective. Shampoos for hot spot relief should be used twice a week. Aloe and oatmeal ointments can be used to keep the skin moisturized to a healthy level while soothing the discomfort from irritation. These are often combined with lactic acid in order to help the aloe penetrate deeper into the skin. When selecting an ointment, be sure that it is pH balanced in order to prevent further discomfort.