Asked on Jul 31, 2013

Looking for a home remedy for hot spots on dogs

Sandra JohnsonShariDouglas Hunt


Recently I saw a post listing a few ingredients to put in a spray bottle to spray on your dogs for hot spots on their skin that they just keep scratching. Could you give that to me please?
3 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 1, 2013

    A hot spot is a bacterial infection that usually requires a course of antibiotics to correct. While home remedies might provide some relief in the affected area, I would be concerned that they will not deal with the underlying cause of the problem.

  • Shari
    on Aug 1, 2013

    I don't know about a homemade remedy but I have successfully used Super Goop. It is AMAZING stuff (and all-natural). I used to live in St. Petersburg, Florida where this stuff is made and could purchase it directly from the shop but you can order it at under "Products" section. The Critter Oil they sell is a wonderful product too for chronic skin issues or fleas. Anyway, regarding the Super Goop, I had a German Shepherd that developed a huge, raw and oozy "hot spot" underneath a bandage (post surgery). At it's largest, it was about the size of the palm of your hand and nothing, including antibiotic spray, the vet gave me was working at all. It just kept getting worse to the point I thought it was going to end up leaving a big bald spot in the dog's coat. After only a couple applications of Super Goop, the area started to dry up, scab over and it ended up healing nicely. All the hair grew back except one small area about the size of a nickel. I'm actually going back to St. Petersburg in a couple weeks and plan to pick up some Super Goop for a couple of my daughter's horses that are having problems with "summer sores." The Super Goop and Critter Oil are a little bit pricey but a little bit of either product goes a long, long way and they are sooooo worth the money! I urge you to check out the Critter Oil website and consider ordering the Super Goop for the hot spots and Critter Oil for the chronic skin issues. By the way, if your dog(s)' constant scratching is not flea-related, you may want to consider the possibility that it may be caused by a food allergy. A surprising number of dogs are allergic to grain (which many of the commercial dog foods are full of) so you may see improvement in the scratching if you switch to a high quality, grain-free dog food.

  • Sandra Johnson
    on Aug 12, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

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