Q. My dog has hot spots, what should I do?

A. Hot spots are usually very uncomfortable for dogs. They ideally need veterinary treatment as soon as possible, in order to be clipped, cleaned and prescribed antibiotics and pain medications.

If, for whatever reason, you can't take your dog to the vet right away, you should make sure that your dog doesn't cause any more trauma to the area by licking, chewing, scratching or rubbing at it. You can put a buster collar/head cone on (available from pet stores) to prevent licking and chewing. You can also try cleaning the area with salty water, putting a teaspoon of salt in a pint of boiled water and leaving it to cool, until you are able to take your dog to the vet.

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