Quick, Effective, Natural Hot Spot Control with Items From Your Kitchen

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Before we begin..
A disclaimer.
I’m not a vet.  I don’t play a vet on TV. This blog post is not a substitute for veterinary advice, by a long shot.  If your vet is telling you to do something differently, for pity’s sake, listen to your vet!
I’m only relating what has worked well for me, when my pets had hot spots.  In other words..your experience may be different from mine.  Use this method at your own risk.
Moving on, for some of you, summer is a dreaded time of year.  Fleas, ticks, heartworms, mosquitoes, etc are nightmare enough for some pets.
But there’s an additional horror for some pets and some of us pet moms.
The much-dreaded lick granuloma, or ‘hot spots’.  Many years ago, I had a dog who suffered from them terribly, in the summer.  I used to swear that if a bug so much as walked across the lawn, it’s next move was going to be to bite the dog and I’d be off to the races for a month treating the hot spots that cropped up, because almost everything caused her sensitive skin to react somehow.  It was horrible and I hope I never have to do that again with another pet.
Hot spots look a little like this:
hotspot Quick, Effective, Natural Hot Spot Control with Items From Your Kitchen
These pesky hot spot things are itchy and sore for our pets, and the constant desire of our pets to scratch and lick at the cause of a hot spot, can drive us pet owners nuts trying to get our pets to leave the hot spot alone, so that it can heal.
Of course, we know our pets are suffering, but the hot spot is worse than what caused it in the first place.  Our critters don’t know that, obviously.
Some of us (myself included) have spent a boatload of money, on over the counter and prescription remedies, to try and heal these things so that they don’t get infected and/or spread to more of our pet than they already have.
However. I don’t know where I got this solution to the problem, but I’m sure glad I did.  I’d like to share it with my fellow pet owners.
Why it works:  Apple cider vinegar and salt are antiseptic and taste deterrent, which will induce your pet to leave the hot spot alone and let it heal.  The salt will also help dry out a ‘wet’ hot spot.
You will need:
1 small sprayer bottle (8 oz)
1 shot glass
Apple cider vinegar
salt (1/2 teaspoon or so)
Put the salt into the sprayer bottle.  Pour a shot of apple cider vinegar into the shot glass.  Add a shot glass of apple cider vinegar into the sprayer bottle.  Repeat. (so 2 shot glasses full of apple cider vinegar go into the sprayer)
Fill the remainder of the sprayer bottle with water.  Shake until the salt dissolves.
Apply mixture to hot spots.  You can either spray it on or apply with a cotton ball or a washcloth.  Whatever works for you.
Repeat application of the mixture 3-4X daily or as needed.  If you do not see improvement within 12-24 hours, or you see what looks like a hot spot spreading steadily or suddenly despite treatment, please see your vet and take their advice (you might not be dealing with a hot spot–you could be dealing with a more severe issue, such as a bacterial infection, that requires immediate veterinary intervention).
Hope this helps!
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