Animals: Hot spots

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.

dog hotspots healed with wheatgrass
Ollie the dog had hot spots. They quickly disappeared after applying wheatgrass.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.
Read more about wheatgrass healing for animals.