Apple cider vinegar is a highly effective natural treatment for hot spots. This simple and inexpensive home remedy can bring sweet relief to your itchy dog and save you hundreds of dollars in vet bills and prescriptions.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hot Spots
First of all, it is best to use raw and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar for medicinal use.
Second, apple cider vinegar must be diluted before using it on a pet’s skin! The maximum amount of apple cider vinegar that should be used externally on your dog is 50%. So you would mix 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in a jar or spray bottle. Apply this mixture to your dog’s hot spots 2-4 times a day, or as needed. Many owners notice the dog stops scratching right away. It is fine to repeat the application when the dog begins to scratch again.
If your dog’s hot spots are open wounds, you should dilute the vinegar even more. Even 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 cup of water may be enough to bring relief. If this amount seems to bother your dog, try applying some coconut oil to soothe the skin and use a different remedy next time. (Coconut oil is another effective remedy for hot spots.)
What if My Dog Licks the Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is safe for dogs internally. If he licks the apple cider vinegar it will be fine. In fact, many pet owners give their dogs apple cider vinegar mixed into their food daily for its health promoting properties.
Additional Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Hot Spots
If the hot spots on your dog are a result of flea bites, you will be happy to know that apple cider vinegar is a wonderful remedy for fleas! Many dog owners spray their dogs daily with apple cider vinegar to prevent fleas!
Have you tried apple cider vinegar for hot spots? Please let us know how it worked for your dog! And continue reading to see how it worked for the four-legged friends of our readers.