I’m no vet, but I’m well aware that ‘hot spots’ are common in dogs.
These areas of itchy dermatitis can drive both animal and carers crazy from the scratching. Our dog, Ollie, a Shetland collie, developed a number of them on his back and abdomen, so I surfed the net for an answer.
One dog-carer suggested the following rather complex advice:
- Trim the area around the hot spot.
- Clean the area and pat dry.
- Apply hydrocortisone spray or hydrocortisone cream (not good for a licking dog).
- Prevent the dog from biting, licking or scratching the area by putting a plastic cone around its neck.
- When all else fails take the animal to the vet. (Expensive).
This approach seemed a bit too complicated, so I sprayed a little wheatgrass extract over the hot spots. Initially, Ollie resisted, but in a few minutes he was lying comfortably on his back, legs splayed and looking quite comfortable. He stopped scratching almost immediately and after a couple of days the “spots” disappeared – and no more scratching.
Many people have reported similar experiences just using wheatgrass extract.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.
Read more about wheatgrass healing for animals.