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Senior Dogs: Holistic Hot Spot Remedies

August 22nd, 2014 |


Hot spots can make your dog’s day, week, or even month miserable. It’s so easy for them to go from licking and scratching here and there to completely obsessing over that horrible little spot. It is especially hard when senior dogs get hot spots. We want their golden years to be comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable – and hot spots are hardly enjoyable.

I have rounded up my 3 favorite holistic hot spot remedies for your senior (or junior!) pooch. Even if it is just a patch of dry or irritated skin that has your dog doing the itchy dance, these 3 remedies will help to heal those skin problems, without the added chemicals.

All 3 have worked well for Coco in the past and have truly helped her hot spot dilemmas.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is one of my favorite go to items for hot spots or other areas that have the potential to get infected. Available in drops or spray bottle, this anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal agent is a great way to sanitize and soothe those pesky spots.

Sovereign Silver is the brand our family fancies the most. It has only two ingredients: silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water. It does not contain added salts or proteins. Plus, it is packaged in non-leaching glass bottles.

Just spray, drop, or dab enough silver to coat the area,  fan it with you hand to dry a little bit and thats it!



Coconut Oil

What can this miracle oil not do? It’s like the super hero of all oils. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial.

When your pooch has a hot spot, rubbing a little bit of this on with a clean Q-tip or cotton ball is going to help clean, sooth, and heal (while smelling good at the same time).

Now, if your dog loves coconut oil as much as mine does and they start liking it off, you could do the following: Put a little bit of Apple Cider Vinegar on first, then dab a small amount of coconut oil on top to seal it in. Coco will not voluntarily lick the vinegar, and chances are your dog won’t want to either. This is a good way to stop them from eating the coconut oil!

Another great way that coconut oil helps with hot spots and other skin issues, is mixing in 1/2 a tablespoon in with their food. This will support their immune system and over all skin health. Plus, its delicious.

My favorite go to brand is Ojio, but no matter what brand you purchase just be sure it is raw, organic, cold pressed, and extra-virgin in order to benefit from it properly. It sounds like a lot to pin point in a product, but trust me, the benefits are worth it!



Apple Cider Vinegar

Last but certainly not least is Apple Cinder Vinegar. It has a plethora of benefits, including aiding skin problems and hot spots. I have found that raw, unpasteurized ACV, such as the Bragg brand, helps relieve the actual itching part the fastest.

Simply take a Q-tip or cotton ball and dab some apple cider vinegar onto the irritated skin. Your dog may not be a fan of the smell, but no worries, it will quickly fade. Coco usually sneezes (over dramatically), sighs a few times and then she’s happy.




These remedies are for external use only, and remember to avoid spraying/applying around eyes. Always consult your vet before applying to infected areas. 


AUTHOR: Sarah is a designer, photographer, health & animal advocate, wife, and devoted mom (humble servant) to her loving Shih Tzu, Coco Bean. To see more of her work, visit her website and blog, Chic Sprinkles.

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