My dog recently got a really bad bug bite on his leg.
It irritated him so much that he immediately started itching and scratching (and licking) it constantly. Later that same day, the spot on his leg became raw (and hairless).
Similar to a hot spot, it needed to be kept dry and covered for a few days in order to heal properly. Otherwise, my dog would’ve just kept licking it all the time and it wouldn’t ever have a chance to fully heal.
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Fortunately, I learned a few things from the veterinarian who treated my other dog for a hot spot several years ago.
I ended up treating my dog’s bug bite the exact same way that the vet treats hotspots on dogs.
Following is the dog hot spot home remedy that I used. My dog’s leg was completely back to normal in just under a week.
Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom. Source
This is the simple home remedy I used that was recommended by my veterinarian for treating hot spots on dogs:
This alone helped to stop the itching and bring my dog a little bit of relief.
After bandage wrapping the spot, you’re probably going to need an e-collar for a few days — just to keep your dog from licking around the bandage (or removing it altogether).
While the meds and the bandage lessened the itch, I noticed right away that it was still hard for him to take his mind off of the spot that was front-and-center on his leg.
Every time he laid down to rest, that spot was right there in front of his face — so he licked at it. As a result, the gauze bandage usually got dislodged in the process.
It was time for a dog e-collar.
We used an inflatable e-collar for the first time ever. It worked great!
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