A "hot spot" is an area of acute moist dermatitis that is created by the dog chewing or scratching a particular area of it's body. They look terrible and all of a sudden appear. A "Hot spot" can go from a small area to a huge red foul smelling spot in just a matter of hours. The best way I have found to treat them is to clean the area thoroughly. You can wash with shampoo, rinse and dry. Or clean with Baby Wipes with lanolin and aloe. Then use a Q-tip or cotton ball to apply Tea Tree oil to the affected area. Tea Tree oil can be purchased at any Health food store. Tea tree oil will stop the dog from chewing and licking,which spreads infection. They do not like the taste. It is an anti-fungal, a disinfectant, powerful antiseptic,and it fights odor unbelievably well.
After the initial treatment make a spray bottle of Tea Tree Spray, recipe below, and spray the area several times a day with the solution.
1 cup Distilled Water
1/4 tsp. antibacterial soap
1 1/2 tsp. Tea Tree Oil
Mix all of the above and place into a spray bottle.
Clean and apply medication daily. You should see improvement by the second day and it should be healed within a week. If it is not looking better by the second day, contact your veterinarian.
Hope this helps :-)
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