Hot Spots on Dogs: Causes, Treatment, and Natural Remedies. – Relievet

Call Us 9-5 (M-F) PST | (858) 352-6935

Free US Shipping | Free US 2-Day Over $100

30% Off Every Order When You Subscribe & Save

Money Back Guarantee | Made In The USA

Hot Spots on Dogs: Causes, Treatment, and Natural Remedies

Christopher Kjolseth - July 30th 2020

 Accuracy Review & Edit: Nicole Wanner, DVM - August 24th 2021

natural-remedies-for-hot-spots-on-dogs-treatment

Does your dog scratch a lot?

Is there flaking, redness, swelling of the skin, or worse, lesions and pus with hair falling off?

These might be symptoms of hot spots or also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis or acute moist dermatitis. Hotspots may appear anywhere on the dog's body but are found more commonly on the head, legs, and hips.

Table Of Contents

  • What Are Some of the Causes of Hot Spots?
  • How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Hot Spot
  • Natural Remedies for Hot Spots
  • Oatmeal Baths, Tea Packs, & CBD Balm
  • How to Prevent Hot Spots
relievet ad 25 off desktoprelievet ad 25 off

What Are Some of the Causes of Hot Spots?

Hot spots are usually caused by constant licking and scratching by your pet. Any of the following underlying causes may prompt continuous licking and scratching:

  • Parasites and mites
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Food allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Ear problems
  • Anal sac disease
  • Demodicosis
  • Contact irritants
  • Stress or boredom resulting in excessive licking
  • A coat that is dirty or matted
  • Moisture trapped in the coat from swimming or bathing

Regardless of the cause, it is the cycle of constant licking and scratching that causes self-trauma to the skin; this, in turn, eventually causes lesions and open wounds, which are further exposed to possible infection and complications if not immediately attended to and treated. If serious infection occurs your vet may recommend an antibiotic like Cephalexin.

How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Hot Spot

An initial visual examination may reveal a hot spot. It could be flaking, redness of the skin, or inflammation (which you might mistake as an insect bite). At its worst, it could be an oozing lesion with blood, pus, and a bad smell.

In severe cases, it is best to consult a vet for a more scientific way of diagnosing the problem. Your vet may use the following techniques to diagnose the issue:

  • Impression smear for cytological evaluation
  • Skin scraping or skin culture
  • Specific allergy testing
  • Skin biopsy

Natural Remedies for Hot Spots

It may be possible that hotspots, when caught early and immediately addressed, can be remedied at home.

While waiting for a diagnosis from your vet, there are natural, safe remedies that you can attempt at home, which may provide comfort to your pet. Here are a few examples: 

  • Trim and clean the affected area
  • Apply calming oatmeal baths, tea bag packs, or an all-natural balm made for dogs.
  • Cover the area with a clean bandage or gauze
  • Use an Elizabeth collar or dog cone

Oatmeal Baths, Tea Packs, & CBD Balm

Oatmeal baths:

  • Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe itchy, irritated skin. It slows down the loss of moisturizing properties of a dog's skin.
  • Grind some plain, raw oatmeal (no flavoring, fruits, or other additives) into a fine powder. You may use a food processor or coffee grinder. The fine powder will be easier to dissolve.
  • Place a non-slip mat in the bathing or tub area since the oatmeal will make the area slick and slippery.
  • Fill your tub or bathing area with warm water. Make sure the water level will reach the chest of your pet. For more severe cases of hot spots, the water should be slightly warmer, but never hot. Mix the powdered oatmeal into the water until fully dissolved.
  • You may now gently place your dog into the oatmeal bath.
  • Avoid wetting your dog's face and ears. Gently massage the oatmeal bath into its coat using soft circular motions until it reaches the skin. Let your dog stay in the oatmeal bath for around 15 minutes to enjoy the soothing effect. Do not use or mix any soap or shampoo.
  • You may then rinse your dog by running a gentle stream of water over its coat to remove bits of oatmeal that might irritate if not washed away. Watch out for oatmeal chunks that might clog your drain.
  • Towel dry your dog using a warm thick towel.
  • You can repeat this process once a day while your dog still has symptoms.

Soothing tea packs:

  • Steep a tea bag (black tea, not herbal) in hot water and then let it cool thoroughly.
  • Gently place it against the hot spot.
  • You can repeat this several times a day.
  • Tea has an anti-bacterial property that helps dry out the sore.

CBD balm:

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) balm, such as Relievet Soothing Balm, are topical balms that are 100% natural and work with your dog's endocannabinoid system to encourage healthy skin.

How to Prevent Hot Spots

It is always best to be on the lookout for potential hot spots, as if you catch them early enough, you may be able to take care for them at home. It is only in severe cases that a visit to the vet is required.

Proper grooming and hygiene prevent hot spots and their recurrence. Clipping your pet's hair, especially during warmer months, will also help.

During bath time, ensure that you wash off all soap and shampoo residue to avoid matting and causing dry skin. Towel off your dog thoroughly.

Consult the vet for proper flea control to keep away unwanted insects, causing itchiness.

Finally, make sure your dog gets regular exercise and healthy food so that they will not be stressed or bored, which is usually a cause of excessive biting of the skin. 

Popular Products

CBD Oil For Dogs
Regular price
$29.95
Sale price
$26.95
CBD Soothing Skin, Paw, and Nose Balm for Dogs
Regular price
$22.45
Sale price
$22.45
CBD Oil For Cats
Regular price
$29.95
Sale price
$26.95
Zen Calming CBD Chews For Dogs
Regular price
$29.95
Sale price
$29.95
Mobility Hip and Joint CBD Chews For Dogs
Regular price
$29.95
Sale price
$29.95
CBD Oil For Parrots, Cockatiels, and Conures
Regular price
$24.95
Sale price
$24.95
Grass Fed Beef Liver - Freeze Dried - 120 Count
Regular price
$69.95
Sale price
$69.95
Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon - Freeze Dried - 120 Count
Regular price
$69.95
Sale price
$69.95
quiz

Biscuit's Story

biscuits story

To say Biscuit lived an active life would be an understatement. Unfortunately, at the age of 10, she started to limp after trips to the dog park.

It broke my heart to see her in pain doing what she loved the most. I started feeding her a raw food diet and added high-quality supplements to ensure her nutritional needs were met. Unfortunately, while she loved the food, the limping persisted. I decided to go to the vet. They quickly diagnosed her with osteoarthritis and prescribed a drug to help.

Her limping stopped, and she was in less visible pain. For the first week, it seemed that this was the solution. A few days later, it was to my absolute shock that she...

Recent Posts:

blog images

CBD Oil for Dogs in Thunderstorms

CBD oils like the ones from Relievet work to relieve dog anxiety (It's right in our name!). Many of our customers report that their dogs are calmer and happier during trigger events like storms and fireworks.
blog images

CBD for IVDD in Dogs – Does It Work?

Intervertebral Disc Disease is a condition where the spinal discs between the vertebrae of the spine degenerate. Learn more about this condition and what CBD oil can do for your dog!
blog images

CBD for Dogs with Cancer

This article explores CBD oil for dog cancer, its relationship to post-cancer treatments, and looks at some potential natural remedies.
blog images

CBD for Cats with Cancer

This article covers CBD for cats with cancer, CBD safety for cats, signs of cancer, types of cancer, and the best CBD oil for cats with cancer.
blog images

CBD for Dogs with Hip Dysplasia

This article explores hip dysplasia, signs of hip dysplasia, CBD oil for hip dysplasia, CBD dosage, and the best CBD oil for dogs with hip dysplasia.
blog images

CBD Oil for Cats with Kidney Disease

The kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining your cat's health, and if they fail, they can cause significant problems, including some that are life-threatening.

Read on to find out if CBD oil can help cats with kidney disease.
blog images

CBD for Aggressive Dogs

This blog gets the leash around the causes of aggression, CBD oil for aggressive dogs, CBD oil vs. Prozac, CBD dosage, and the best CBD oil for aggressive dogs.
blog images

CBD for Dog Pain

We explore CBD for pain and inflammation, CBD's function in suffering dogs, the best CBD for dog joint pain, and the safety of CBD in conjunction with traditional pain medications.
blog images

CBD For Dogs Anxiety

This blog puts forward a fair assessment of CBD for dog anxiety, the effectiveness, the safety, the proper dosage, and helps you avoid the pitfalls and find the best CBD oil for dog anxiety.
blog images

CBD Oil for Dog Seizures

Everything you need to know about CBD oil for dogs with seizures and help finding an effective product and dosage for your dog.
blog images

What Is The Best CBD Oil For Dogs With Arthritis?

Finding the best CBD oil for dogs with arthritis could dramatically change your dogs' life and yours. This article breaks it down the research to help you buy...

Accuracy Review by:
Dr. Nicole Wanner is a veterinarian and published scientific researcher. She studies the effects of CBD as a Ph.D. candidate.

Net Orders Checkout

Item Price Qty Total
Subtotal $0.00
Shipping
Total

Shipping Address

Shipping Methods