Posted by Tina Spanevello on June 30, 2016
There are many home remedies and medications out there that can work to treat hot spots - but which ones will help the problem the quickest? When your dog can’t stop itching and chewing themselves because of their hot spot, it’s no secret that you want to be able to get rid of it as soon as possible. But with all of your different options nowadays - it can be difficult to decide on which product to use.
First and foremost - let’s talk about recognizing a hot spot. When your pet can’t stop itching themselves, often times a painful sore will develop from the irritation alone. However, it can start from something as simple as a small bug bite - and unfortunately, it can grow extremely quickly. If you notice that your dog is losing hair in a specific area, it could be the beginnings of a hot spot.
One of the best creams you can use for itching and scratching (whether it’s from a hot spot or not) - is Tennessee Homemade Soap Jewelweed Salve. The salve itself uses a combination of different essential oils, like lavender and jewelweed infused oil, to soothe your dog’s itchy skin.
The more they itch, lick, or scratch - the worse their skin is going to get. If you’re looking for something you can make at home - there are a number of things you can use to heal your dog’s hot spot.
It’s important that you first clean the area, disinfecting it. This may actually require that you trim the surrounding hair to ensure you’re treating the entire spot. Then, topically applying different mixtures (like a carrier oil with lavender or tea tree) can help to soothe and treat the spot quickly. Even placing a tea bag on your pup’s hot spot can help to dry out the irritated skin.
If you’re able to catch the spot before it expands, you could save yourself a trip to the vet! Otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact them - especially when you’re dealing with a large irritated area.