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.
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.
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