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Guest Post: Home Remedies for Hot Spots

The following is a guest post from Sarah Rexman. Sarah is the main researcher and writer for Her most recent accomplishment includes graduating from Florida State, with a master’s degree in environmental science. Her main focus for the bedbug website involves several thing including  helping people find mattress covers for bed bugs.

Hot spots on a dog are areas of the skin that become itchy, painful, and swollen. They can become more sore or even bloody when dogs continue to lick or bite them in an attempt to alleviate the itching. They can be caused by allergens, infections, or skin sensitivities, and some breeds appear to be more prone to them than others.

There are a number of shampoos and topical ointments available to relieve hot spots, and in severe cases, medication can be prescribed. However, there are also a few home remedies that can offer relief. These can be made in your kitchen with common household ingredients.

Here are a couple home remedies for hot spots:

Apple Cider Vinegar

This natural healthcare staple helps to kill bacteria that can cause skin infection, helping to clear up hot spots. Just dab a little directly onto the skin, or mix a 1:1 solution of apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spray it on your dog’s coat.

Witch Hazel

Long-known as a natural remedy for itchy and inflamed skin, witch hazel can also be used on your dog. Buy the medicated pads or dab some on cotton balls to treat the infected area. It will help soothe your dog’s skin and limit the amount of itching and licking that will make the problem worse.


Create a soothing oatmeal paste for your dog’s skin by cooking up some oatmeal in water, then letting it cool. Apply the cool oatmeal to the affected areas, and let it remain on the skin for about 10 minutes, then rinse. The oatmeal will relieve itching and add moisture to the skin.

Black Tea

Brew a pot of black tea, then allow it to cool. Apply the tea to infected areas up to three times a day. The tea will help kill the bacteria and promote circulation to the skin.

There are many other home remedies that are said to help heal hot spots. Have you had success with any home remedies for hot spots? Tell us your ideas in the comments!

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