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Homeopathic Treatment For Hot Spots

golden-215x350A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection due to bacteria. Hot spots can appear anywhere but are most commonly found on the neck, chest or flank. Although they can pop up at any time of year, they are more common in the summer months, especially for dogs who are swimming in ponds. Hot spots can grow at an incredibly fast rate – you may notice a small spot in the morning and return from work to a horrid, pus filled mess the size of your fist.

In healthy dogs, hot spots can respond very quickly to the right homeopathic remedy without the need for shaving it down or applying salves and creams. Acute prescribing can be quite easy for even the most novice of homeopaths as the remedy you choose will depend on the appearance of the hot spot and the behavior or your dog.

Below is a short list of some remedies you might want to consider. This list is by no means complete, but for most dogs, one of these remedies will be a good fit.


Because Apis is made from the honey bee, think of a bee sting.  Hot spots requiring Apis will be shiny and swollen with a red or white appearance.  It will also be quite sensitive to touch.


Hot spots that require Belladonna will appear and grow almost instantly and the skin will be bright red, hot and relatively dry.  The dog will appear restless and irritated and will move away from heat.


Graphites is an excellent skin remedy and will be necessary if there is a sticky discharge that appears like honey.  These dogs can tend toward excess weight and the itch and discharge will be worse with warmth.  The surrounding skin and coat may feel greasy and the hot spot will have a cracked appearance.


These hot spots will also have a yellow or even greenish discharge with a yellow scab.  There may also be hair loss and bleeding around the lesion.  These dogs will also want to move away from heat.

Rhus tox

Like a rash from poison ivy, the hot spot that requires Rhus tox will be red and very itchy with a pimpled rash-like appearance.  There will be swelling and the hot spot will be hardened.  These dogs will prefer warm and will feel better when out moving and walking.

Most of these remedies will work well with the common 30C potency.  Give once and evaluate the results in your dog.  Remedies will work quickly with acute, fast moving issues, so you should see a change in the hot spot within an hour or a little more.  If you see improvement, then wait – do not redose. Watch the hot spot and if it appears to worsen, then give your dog another dose.  If you do not see changes, try another remedy.

You shouldn’t need a topical treatment if you choose the right remedy.  If you want to use a topical treatment, clean the area and apply a calendula solution.  Sprays will work better than creams as the hot spot will heal quicker if it is allowed to dry.



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  • 29 Responses to Homeopathic Treatment For Hot Spots

    1. I use the vinegar for my Bichons when an issue arises.

    2. Dana

      Love that so many are making the connection between our pets diets and skin conditions. Steering clear of foods full of grains is a huge first step. The other thing to consider is exposure to environmental toxins (household cleaners, floor shampoos, room deodorizers, lawn chemicals) are all very easily absorbed and can throw things off for our pets. I also believe 100% in a natural/organic nutritional product that I drink personally and that has been very beneficial for my dogs as well…helping with skin, joint & other issues. Our pets food is just as nutritionally void of nutrients as our highly refined and processed foods. They need something to bridge the nutritional gaps in their diets just as well as we do!

    3. Pauline

      I used Belladona on my Husky who developed a nasty hot spot within hours and bathed the area with bentadine. I have also used colidial silver, but in this case the Belladona worked quicker.

    4. Helen Applegarth

      My labrador has a massive hotspot which sounds like a mercurius one, which form of mercurius do you mean? Merc corr, Merc sol, Merc viv or another? Thanks

      • Carol Stuart

        If the symptoms match the remedy,,,,Merc cor is usually indicated for males and Merc viv for females.,

    5. Joy Tarter

      Full strength vinegar will cure hot spots.

    6. Debby M

      I used some mineral clay on a foster one time and the nasty oozy hotspot was actually gone within two days!

    7. Wendy

      I have successfully healed a hot spot quickly by spraying it with chelated silver (or colloidal silver).

    8. bushido bullies

      i would advise to change to organic apple cider vinegar!the smell of the vinegar disappears as soon as it dries!

    9. Cheryl Csanyi

      Spray carpets and clean with household with vinegar helps with mites etc

    10. Bonnie Bergstein

      My Bichon had never had problems with hot spots (he is fed a beef free, grain free, salmon based diet) until I left him with a trainer for a week. Now he gets “sores” on his hind quarters. They are always scabbed over, thick scabs, and he doesn’t like me touching them. He used to chew at one spot, but he doesn’t anymore. Have tried washing him with tea tree oil shampoo, and have tried several topical products. I know if I take him to my vet, he will be put on antibiotics (or anti-fungals). I will not let him have steroids (he already has a very healthy appetite). He is a rescue dog, about 7 years old, and he doesn’t have a tail, so when he sits outside in the grass, his hind quarters are sitting on the grass (often wet in Florida). The first sore looked like a hot spot. I have tried calendula. It didn’t seem to help. He is very healthy, and so far, has a strong immune system. Do his scabs sound like scabs from hot spots, or something else??

      • your dog probably needs a chiropractic adjustment. they will often chew where there is pain and/or pressure. sounds like he might have had some mishap while at the trainers. he might have a hip, or sacrum/tail bone out of alignment. fix this underlying problem and he will stop chewing

    11. Joyce

      Thanks DNM for these remedies. I have also found that cleansing the hot spot with a diluted Povidone Iodine, helps to get the hot spot disinfected and won’t hurt the dog if they lick it.
      However, recently, I have also started putting a cotton T shirt on my GSD, and that has really helped her to not want to bite the area. It seems to provide a nice barrier to keep it clean too.
      It may look a bit weird, but it helps a lot.

    12. Shannon

      Can you confirm, when you say give once based on the 30 c potency, my Apis says each dose is 5 pellets (3x daily). Do you mean to give the 1 dose of 5 or just 1 pellet?

    13. Wendy

      I have a dog that used to get these very bad, I moved from California to Ohio and I figured it was allergies as well as having to get used to a different climate. His were so bad they were huge and bloody and he would have several at a time. They would be on his neck, back or back by his butt… I had taken him to the vets and they told me that the best way to do it is to keep it dried.. They told me, I know this sounds silly, to use 50% water mixed with 50% listerine mouth wash and take a cotton ball and dab it on. I will say it worked wonderful dried it out in 2 days as was completely healed within 5 days… I know it may not be great but I will say by keeping it dry helps with the itchiness. they stop chewing after a day. Great remedy LOL.. I have no problems anymore with this like I have in the past. Every now and then when I bath him if I don’t dry him completely he will get irritated.

    14. Elizabeth Cambareri

      My dog will start to chew an area which quickly becomes bright red and moist with serum. It can spread to a very large area. If he keeps chewing, it will become bloody. The descriptions for the above remedies don’t really fit his scenario. Nothing I have tried has stopped his wanting to mutilate these areas, short of giving him pred or putting a cone on his head! I would love to be able to use a homeopathic remedy on him – help!

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        I think this is something I would consult with a good homeopathic vet for. Best of luck

      • Amanda Harper

        I am having the EXACT same problem with my Pekinese. I just moved to an old house so I don’t know if there is an allergen in there or if it’s separation anxiety. I have taken her to a vet but they only give her a shot that heels the one she has… they can’t stop her from doing it. As soon as one starts to heal, she starts a new one. It’s a never ending cycle. I cannot just keep her in a cone 24-7 and I can’t afford to take her to the vet once a week for a shot. I have done allergy pills, oatmeal baths, calming doggy biscuits and NOTHING is working!

      • mary

        try richards organics incredible skin spray or dermagic.com both work great.

    15. b

      Re : Homeopathic Treatment For Hot Spots caused from swimming.

      My Golden Retriever swims daily in the sea. I have found the best solution to preventing hot spots, doggie odor, and healthy clean dry ears is white vinegar. She swims, we rinse her off with the hose with fresh water, towel dry, then I fill her ears with pure white vinegar from a squeeze bottle, she shakes and it air drys and then use a sprayer filled with pure white vinegar and spray her body and that air drys. Healthy ears for 9 years, no hot spots ever, no sour yeast doggy smell ever. Vinegar is the best nature’s anti bacterial solution and cheap, a gallon only $2. Healthy clean dog with no infections. Vinegar is the best preventative solution I have found.

      • I prefer organic apple cider vinegar like Fort Bragg – but you are right, there’s nothing like vinegar!

      • Wendy

        Do they have that vinegar smell to them though afterwards… Man Vinegar can do a lot and I am looking at changing the way I do a lot of things around my house by replacing it with vinegar LOL.

        • Pat

          We use a spray bottle and add half Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar & water. I spray it on about 3 times a day – it works quick but you may also have to block them from ltching using either a cone, muzzle or shirt depending on the area. Also Benedryl helps with the itch.


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