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Hot Spot Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil Based Shampoo
Posted by Michele (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) on 02/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My 3 year old Shitzu Maltese Mix just started getting really bad with hotspots and I have been using ACV diluted 50/50 with water and a tea tree based shampoo, (it's actually called HOT SPOT SHAMPOO) available at Pet Value in Canada and have already noticed a big difference in her scratching. That's the key to stop the scratching, thanks to all who contribute to this website, pills from the vet don't address the the problem on a long term basis plus giving my dog pills is like pulling teeth.


Hamilton ON Canada

Colloidal Oatmeal
Posted by Beefree (Mendocino, Ca, Usa) on 10/15/2011 2 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Hi... I would like to vote for Colloidal Oatmeal Treatment to be added as a category in the Hot Spots for Pets. My Lhasa Opsa had really bad hot spots from the shelter, from where he came. He was itching non stop. I tried Dr. Meds, benedryl, black tea, Apple Cider Vinegar... the only thing that worked was giving this puppy a Colloidal Oatmeal bath.

I found a plastic bin and put it on my deck... I filled it with warm water... Added a packet of Colloidal Oatmeal... Stirred it around and then carefully placed my puppy in this treatment. I used a sponge to wash him down with it... And a cup to pour it over him.... I let him stay in solution for about 10 minutes... then we go for a 1 hour walk so he can dry off.

The trick is to have all my walking gear ready... So when he is done I can just put his leash on... And go for a walk so he doesn't have to just sit there and be all wet and miserable.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Sara (Lake Stevens, Wa) on 01/24/2013

I have a golden retriever who gets hot spots regularly and this last ones gotten real ugly red and yuky looking can I do the ACV and water mix on it when its bad like that? It is already less red and irritated then it was a few days ago but am wondering when everyones saying they use it on hot spots if they are bad spots or not?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Charlotte (Ardmore, Oklahoma) on 09/11/2014

What are the portions for each ingredients or receipt? I have a 6 lb. Poodle. Thank you! Charlotte

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/15/2014

Hey Charlotte!

To start try 1:10 ratio -1 part ACV and 10 parts water.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Linds (Indian Rocks Beach Fla) on 12/11/2015

Hot spots on a lab: If my dog ingests coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, does it work as well as applying it to the skin?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Lee (Ma) on 06/29/2017

How many drops of lavender oil??

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/07/2017

Bath warm water and betadine mixed pat dry apply neosporin to the spot, internally c.s and oregano capsule 150gms once a day bathe 2or 3 times daily. dont let the dog lick the neosporin.

Black Tea
Posted by Donnad (Carver, Massachusetts, Usa) on 06/14/2011

I too am mystified by the hot spots my maltese occassionally has and currently am trying the warm black tea bag... So far he is not scratching... I know he has allergies but cannot always afford the visit and the medication --of course vets won't just give it to you... $$$$ but if this doesn't work I will go for a ACV good home remedy for just about everything... Stay tuned... :)

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Kris (Brookings Or) on 04/22/2016
5 out of 5 stars

You can use tea tree oil but it has to be diluted..1-1%, I melted down a few table spoons of coconut oil and about 10 drops of tea tree oil for my dog's hot spots. She is fine. I clipped the hair around the spots, cleaned with witch hazel then applied the salve I made. She seemed so relieved.

Conifer Green Needle Complex
Posted by Kerryann (Bogangar, Nsw) on 11/11/2010

My Lhasa Apso recently had a hot spot above her tail. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar diluted, but it burned and made her sore. I started treating it with Conifer Green Needle Complex. One capsule squeezed into a bowl and mixed with about a desert spoon of mixed omega oils (Udo's). It is almost healed in two days of twice daily applications, after thoroughly cleansing the area with warm water and hibiclens. It was very badly infected and I know that the Conifer Complex kills all sorts of bacteria, including Staph strains. I knew it was right for her because she loves to lick it off my fingers, which is good because I needed her to take some of it internally as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Lzyshampoo (Waterloo, On) on 10/18/2010

I used hydrogen peroxide, you can buy this at the local pharmacy 3% hydrogen peroxide. Put in a spray bottle and spray the spots. After a week or 2 they're all gone. I also feed her yoghurt mixed in with ACV (with mothers and organic). I used Nizoral shampoo as well. It has been 1 week and she's doing great smells a little still but hopefully it'll all be gone soon. Way better then the VET... I hate them. All they know how to do is rip people off.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Jacky (St. George's, Grenada) on 02/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I do the same for my German Shepherd's hot spots, Wonderful plant.

Posted by Denise (Savannah, Ga) on 05/10/2010
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Posted by Mikie (San Jose, Ca/usa) on 03/20/2012

My beagle is allergic to grass [yep] so his feet and ears are always inflamed. My vet told me to give benadryl, 25mg, once a day. My dog is 35lb. What is the weight of your dog? he has really dry skin and four hot spots. His coat is shiny. I use vinegar/water on his feet... he hates it.

Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by Jo (Fredericksburg, Va) on 01/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

We have a Siberian Husky that frequently gets hot spots, not always able to afford vet. We have found that antibotic ointment (we use the generic brands) applied liberly several time a day (only because she licks it off) works really well. She normally gets a black spot in her fur when it grows back but with using this she does not even get that.

Gentian Violet
Posted by Marianne (Chepachet, Ri) on 10/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

hi everyone!! i have seen many unfortunate dogs over the years; who for many different reasons, have suffered from severe itching, red bellies, and inside of ears, and horrible hot spots on legs, base of tail, and bottom of paws. what i find works best is; go to the pharmacy, and ask the pharmacist for gentian violet, they mix it up fresh, or have to order it, it has a very short shelf-life. it`s a viricide, fungicide, and a bacteriacide. i start out by giving the animal a warm bath, with any moiturizing anti-bacterial soap; rinsing well, and using a vineagar rinse. i rip up an old towel in squares, that can be thrown away after one use. apply the gentian violet with a damp towel square, making sure it has soaked in well to all of the wounds. it`s ok to lick, they used to put it in baby`s mouths for thrush, it`s bright dark blue, but you`ll learn to live with it. wash, rinse, and reapply to areas when the beight color has faded out, about once a day, and bathe as you feel you should, about once a week. using a grain-free food, keeping an anxious dog calm, and well-exercised and busy also helps. i have seen this work wonders, and no steroids, or invasive meds are involved. just passing along what i have seen help these poor dogs, it`s just awful to see them suffer so.

Schreiner's Solution
Posted by Jamie (Campell, Ca) on 10/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Schreiner's thing for Canine Hot Spots ever...sold in Feed Stores...about 20.00, and well worth it, wouldn't be without it. Have Golden Retrievers with occasional Hot Spots...saves a ton a money not going to the
Vets. Exceptional product.

Diagnosing Hot Spots
Posted by Christi (Morris Chapel, Tennessee, Us) on 09/21/2009

My lab has a sore next to his eye, I guess what would be his cheek. I am trying to decide if this could be a hot spot. I dont have the money now to take him to the vet, but dont want this to go untreated for long. His sore showed up all of a sudden and he has scratched it til it looks awful. In the center, about dime size or so, it is really dark almost like tree bark but smooth. All around that is like a normal sore, oozing and bloody. Can someone please help me decide if this is a hot spot. If not, any suggestions on what it is? Thanks!

EC: They aren't pretty to look at, but have you checked out photos of hot spots on google images? Here's the link: If you search "hot spots for dogs", you'll see some good photos.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Rox Rub (Sylmar, CA) on 07/30/2009

My dog has a couple of hot spots and I was told to use Aloe Vera Gel directly from the plant which is very healing and helps to dry out the hot spots fast. Is this good to use?

Posted by lisa (paulden, az) on 07/24/2009

I have a question can i use distilled white vinager?

Posted by Susan (Virginia) on 08/08/2013

I have a 10 yr old siberian husky w/ bad hotspots on hip & neck/throat. Went to vet 2 wks ago-was put on antibiotic & Genesis spray. Spots are getting worse & one on neck smells. I can tell he feels bad & does not want me to touch neck. I live alone & it is hard to handle hin to shave or bathe him, plus area is very sore. How do I dilute the apple cidar vinegar & any other advice?

Posted by Donna (Asheville, NC) on 08/08/2013

Dear Susan, years ago I had a dog with a hotspot issue and it was indeed difficult to treat. The thing you need to be careful with is that hotspots can turn into staph infections quite easily. Sounds to me like your dog's hotspot that smells has turned into a staph infection. I would try putting povidone iodine on the wounds a few times a day as it doesn't really sting. That's what the vets use to begin with.

Be careful with apple cider vinegar. I tried every home remedy imagineable and the apple cider vinegar was not at all helpful. The best cures for hot spots come from the vet, I'm afraid. Perhaps someone on this site can offer you nutritional advice to help you with this issue. Please let us know how your dog is doing.

Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 08/09/2013

Dilute organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the one with "the mother" which is the nutrient-rich sediment in the bottle; just shake the bottle before using) 1/2 and 1/2 with distilled water, and spray on the affected areas.

IMPORTANT: do NOT spray the ACV on any open/oozing sores! This will sting! These sores need to be healed first with antibiotics from your vet, THEN you can use the ACV as a preventative.

Use a Poultice
Posted by Shannon (George, Iowa) on 07/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that the best way to cure (and I do mean CURE) hot spots in dogs is in the form of a poultice, rather than a liquid. Liquids can be too easily licked off, and once they dry, they lose effectiveness. I had dogs with hot spots, came up with a poultice, never used a cone, and they stopped worrying it immediately. It also went from most of a toy poodle's back to a 1/2 inch strand left in two applications, over 4 days. PLEASE consider the comfort of your animal... liquids sting, poultices soothe!

Posted by Robyn (TRi Cities, TN) on 07/03/2009

Here is a link where I found a reader who has healed her dogs of hot spots by using cornstarch or babypowder with cornstarch by putting it on the spot 4 or five times a day. I also have found fish oil, one pill for small dogs, and two pills for big dogs, and benadryl which is 1 mg to 2 mg per pound of body weight works well too. The cornstarch is great, although I have not tried is a natural cure.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Jewishmom (Casselberry, Florida) on 06/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My Silky terrior has suffered from terrible hot spots, including bleeding and terrible crying. I've brought her to the vet and put her on antibiotis, anti-hystimans, and cortozine cream,and special shampoo, and she would get better, for a while, only to get hot spots again. This particular time, I looked up home remedies and found your info on acv, and thought I would try it. The crying of Madison was so bad, I had to shut my bedroom door, I knew she was in pain. Well I tried the mixture of acv and h20 and of course she yelped,. because it was all open. She yelped for maybe five minutes and now, nothing. Only healing. The first application hurt her, but after that it was a breeze, and three minutes of crying, certainly beats twenty four hours a day(and that was what it was). I am spraying her twice a day now, and she doesn't think of licking it. First dose cured that. Thanks.. Hopefully we'll keep it under control with daily sprays.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Elizabeth (Tulsa, Ok) on 04/30/2012

My Bulldog Bella has what I thought was mites. I treated her with peroxide and borax and it has not helpes now she scratches until bleeding all over. I looked up images of hot spots & that is precisely what it looks like! I have sprayed her with Apple Cider Vinegar and peroxide mixed in a spray bottle I felt so horriable that she was on fire! I have not done it again but I am wondering if it is okay to do when she is covered with open sores that bleed and puss. I am at my wits end. I have baught so many creams and powders and even tried head & shoulders (reccommended from vet tec that responded to a post I have on craigslist) I have used gold bond, triple antibotic ointment, anti- itch creams, conditioning dog shampoos, and johnsons 24 hour moisture baby wash. Please tell me what to do From step 1 to the end, I can not afford a vet my husband almost died on 1/31/12 haveing his colon partly removed he now has 2 colostomy's and has to have another surgery in a few weeks. We have 6 kids and a grandbaby being born today at 2:45 pm. So please any advice would be so helpful and appreciated.

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