Home Remedies for Hot Spots on Dogs
So you’ve cleaned the area, now what?
Some great home remedies are as follows:
-Salt Water Solution – mix a bowl of water (warm, at least several cups) with a spoonful of table salt. Dip your sponge or washcloth in the bowl for several minutes, and then soak on the hot spot for the same time. The salt will help dry the skin and reduce swelling.
-Tea Bags – believe it or not, black and green tea are great for disinfecting a wound and keeping the risk of infection low. Tea contains something called tannic acid, which works great for drying and disinfecting lesions. To use this remedy, simply soak a large tea bag (several, if necessary) and place the bag over the wound. Let the bag sit for several minutes, and remove. Do this several times per day until the wound is healed.
-Ointments – hydrocortisone is a steroidal solution that works to sooth itching and soreness while also cleaning and fighting infection. The only issue with these creams is that they seal the wound, making it difficult to heal. However, there are some cases where you simply don’t have a choice, and unless you use an ointment, the wound will continue to re-open.