Causes of Dog Hot Spots
- Dog hot spots are areas on the dog where he has been constantly licking or itching to the point that he ends up removing the hair and has bald spots. This condition can lead to open areas, severe inflammation and weeping skin. If not controlled, the constant licking and itching and scratching can easily turn into a secondary bacterial infection.
- Dog hot spots can occur in dogs with poor grooming such as matted and tangled fur, dogs with thick coats in warm, humid environments, or on dogs prone to flea infestation or allergies.
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Treatment and Home Remedies for Dog Hot Spots
- Avoid using creams or ointments because they usually rub off easily, and they tend to seal in infections. Clean the dog hot spots thoroughly with a mild soap and water before new applications of natural home treatments are applied.
- Apply full strength white vinegar with a cotton ball or swab to the dogs hot spots. White vinegar not only has anti inflammatory qualities, it is an anti itch remedy. Also, since the scent and tart taste of the vinegar are not appealing, the dog will be less likely to lick it.
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- Marigold has skin healing properties. Take the flowers and place in a jar with some olive oil. Allow this mixture to sit in a sunny place for a week or two. Remove the flowers and use as a soothing moisturizing.
- Another useful tip for dog hot spots is to prepare some chamomile tea. Allow it to steep for a few minutes. Use the warm tea bag as a compress to soothe and treat the dry, cracked skin that can occur with dog hot spots.