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The medicines can alleviate the animal's discomfort and improve healing, Homeopathy is not a substitute for antibiotics or prescription drugs, but it can eliminate the need for such procedures.

A hotspot is an area of intense skin inflammation that usually occurs in warm months when dogs (rarely cats) begin to exhibit allergies to fleas, pollens, or whatever. One or more spots will apparently itch intensely, and the dog then scratches the spot violently, removing the hair and creating a bright red, raw weeping sore that may become infected. When infected, these spots usually develop a foul odor, and have a greenish ting. Even though they are super sore, the underlying itchiness drives the dog to distraction with continued scratching, sometimes until it bleeds.

General Care for Hotspots

Though hotspots respond well to Homeopathic treatment, Veterinarians tend to use antibiotics for these cases, even though the infection is superficial and most always heals without a prescription drug.

The first step is to clip the hair or have it clipped away by a professional groomer, vet tech, veterinarian, etc. from the hotspot. Though most hair will be gone, some will remain, particularly at the edges. Some hair will stick to the sore creating a crust because of oozing of serum from the raw skin. The hotspot can be very sensitive. Clipping is an essential part of the treatment! Warning: This can be tricky because the clipper blades will have to be sharp, and kept cool, and even if it is done professionally they can burn the animal.

After the area is cleaned, apply a mild disinfectant herb such as
Calendula, aloe vera, or Hypericum. Use an infusion (tea) rather than and alcohol-based tincture as the alcohol is irritating. Apply these three to four times a day, and clean as necessary. Avoid witch hazel more than once a day, too much repetition sometimes irritates the skin.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hotspots


Apis mellifica
The Apis hotspot will usually be swollen, red to white, and very sensitive to touch, like a bee sting.

Belladonna
Belladonna conditions tend to occur suddenly and violently, so think of the remedy if an intense hotspot arises "overnight" (most hotspots do arise quickly, though the itching may have been present longer and given a hint of trouble). The sore will be bright red, even glistening—the heat will be quite obvious, and even the pulse may be accelerated. The dog will likely be irritable and restless, maybe even violent, with dilated pupils—though only in the most severe cases. These dogs are generally very hot and cannot tolerate external heat, and they are usually thirsty, differentiating the remedy from the thirstless Apis state—although some patients needing Belladonna are thirstless as well.

Graphites
These hotspots characteristically ooze a sticky, yellowish, or honey colored substance. They are often located in bends of limbs or in skin folds. There may be cracks along the margins of the sore. Though usually chilly animals, warmth worsens the itch and the eruption. Obesity is common in the Graphites pet.

Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum
These hotspots characteristically ooze a sticky, yellowish, or honey colored substance. They are often located in bends of limbs or in skin folds. There may be cracks along the margins of the sore. Though usually chilly animals, warmth worsens the itch and the eruption. Obesity is common in the Graphites pet.

Mercurius (vivus or solubilis)
When this remedy is called for the hospot will often be ulcerated, with a moist discharge that easily becomes infected and turns greenish, or it may develop a yellow crust. Pimples may occur in the area of the sore, and the lymph nodes (or glands) in the region may enlarge. These dogs may be irritable, especially upon examination—they seem to distrust others, believing them to enemies. Diarrhea or salvation my accompany the skin ailment. In any Mercurius state, Mercurius corrosivus may be needed if the patient is a male.

Nitric acid
These hotspots will usually become very ulcerated, looking like raw flesh. They bleed easily, then become intensely painful—very similar to the Hepar sores. The pains are described by people as splinter like. Irritability is common here as with many of the other Hotspot remedies—the painful sores drive the animal to violence. Cold aggravates and warm applications alleviate the Nitric acid hotspots.

Rhus toxicodendron
Here the hotspot tends more toward itchiness rather than pain and may have a bumpy appearance. The skin is often thickened and stiff—even dry and scaly, sometimes infected. Hot water lessens and cold water worsens the itching. Motion also makes the itch better, so these dogs may move around a lot. Stiff joints that loosen up with walking may accompany the hot spot.

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