This was posted on a now defunct message board by Steph, some very good information here that should not be lost.
What is perceived as "hot spot" may very well be mange. If in doubt, have
your vet do a skin scraping. Hairloss can also be a sign of Cushings
disease. If treatment for the hot spots is not helping and there is no
mange, have your vet do an adrenal panel to ensure that the dog does not
Switch to a raw diet if at all possible. Hot spots can be caused or
aggravated by food allergy. When doing a raw to eleminate allergy diet, KEEP
IT SIMPLE. Choose one kind of meat, and use only that for two weeks. If
there are no allergic reactions, you can safely add another meat source.
Give one raw egg a day. Grind up the raw egg shells and add them in. The
biotin in the egg whites, egg shells and egg shell "slime" is very helpful
for the skin.
If unwilling to switch to a very simple raw diet, attempt to find a kibble
that is corn, wheat, by-product free and does not contain safflower,
sunflower, or canola oil. For someone unwilling to adopt a new mindset that
feels feeding good food must break the bank and will not look into it, I
recommend Diamond's lamb and rice. (It is in the red bag.) Here at the
expensive pet food store it is $18 for 40lbs. It would be cheaper at a feed
store. By no means is this a great food, but it is better than many vet
reccomended hypoallergenic foods. My official suggestion is simple raw.
Get pooch on a steady does of Benedryl. We are trying to keep dog from
itching skin, as it will only engender more "hot spot" problems and can
Feed one clove raw garlic each day after a meal. This will act as a mild
natural flea repellant, as the garlic smell will be secreted out from the
Now then, here is my topical suggestion:
Take a pot of clean water. Add fresh cabbage diced up. Put in a liberal
amount of lavender, rosemary, peppermint, eucaliptus, cederwood, and sea
salt. Let the mixture come to a boil, and then turn the heat down, cover,
and let simmer for a while.
Take the above blend and mix it 50/50 with either castor oil or olive oil.
Apply topically to any affected areas twice a day. Leave it on - do not
Once a day apply calendula lotion and lanolin topical to the most serious
spots. Both of these can be found at natural food stores or anywhere baby
products can be bought.
Give Lysine and vitamin E suppliments - it will help the skin to heal.
Now, if the spots have red bumps or open sores, there is a significant risk
for infection, and in some cases (more common on small dogs) the spot
becoming septic. Get the dog on 500mg cephelexin twice a day for at least
two weeks. (Can be ordered online at http://www.revivalanimal.com) Also, pick up
some iodine shampoo at your local feed store. Give the dog a bath once a
week with no other soaps or shampoos - and add the above mix of herbs and a
handful of sea salt to the bathwater. Use the iodine shampoo, and be sure to
rinse very well so that there is no residue left on the skin.
If there are no improvements in 2 weeks, consider that there may be other
allergies affecting your dog. Things in bloom? Allergic to grass? When was
the bedding last changed? Any new cleaners or detergents being used?