Popular antihistamine, like Benadryl, can also be used to soothe and treat skin inflammations caused by hot spots on Bulldogs.
A vet may also prescribe the use of dietary supplements for Bulldogs that have a history of suffering from different skin conditions.
Home Remedies For Treating Hot Spots On Bulldogs
If, for one reason or the other, you’re unable to get immediate access to a vet, there are several home remedies you can employ to control hot spot formation on your bulldog. And some of these home remedies include:
Trimming The Hair Around The Hot Spot
By trimming the area surrounding the hot spot, you’re preventing hair from entering the wound, and possibly worsening the injury. Trimming and clipping the hair around a hot spot also makes the other treatment methods work well without interference and facilitates faster recovery.
Coconut oil has special anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties and it can be quite effective at bringing instant relief to a Bulldog suffering from hot spots.
Apart from the instant relief it brings, coconut oil also helps speed up the hot spot healing process. And you can apply coconut oil on a bulldog by rubbing a sizable amount on the affected area.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar create an acidic environment that bacteria cannot thrive in, and it is another effective means of treating your Bulldog’s hot spot at home.
However, before treating your Bulldog’s hot spot with apple cider vinegar, it is recommended that you dilute it with equal parts water and you should apply the resulting mixture in small amounts.
Oatmeal is effective at soothing irritated skin, and its anti-inflammatory properties, combined with natural cleansing properties come in handy in treating hot spots on Bulldogs.
To treat your Bulldog’s hot spot with oatmeal:
- Fill a tub with warm water, and mix in two cups of finely ground oatmeal.
- Allow your Bulldog soak in this mixture for ten minutes, while slowly massaging the mixture into its skin.
- Afterwards, rinse the pooch with warm water, and gently dry its skin with a clean towel.
Use Protective Equipment
To prevent your Bulldog from licking and chewing the hot spot, thereby delaying the healing process, it is recommended that you use protective equipment such as an Elizabethan collar.
NOTE: Aloe Vera can also be used to treat Bulldog hot spots; However, Aloe Vera can be toxic when ingested by a pooch and you should only consider this method as a last resort.
What You Should Avoid When Treating Bulldog Hot Spots
You shouldn’t apply human medication, such as Neosporin and Hydrocortisone, on your Bulldog’s hot spot.
Hydrogen peroxide, Listerine and baby powder damage a pooch’s skin and slow down the hot spot healing process; Hence, you shouldn’t apply these on a Bulldog’s hot spot.
How Long Before A Hot Spot Heals?
Hot spots heal relatively quickly, and with prompt and appropriate medical attention, your Bulldog will begin to recover after two to three days of treatment.
However, healing may not be apparent till after one to two weeks of regular treatment. And your Bulldog’s hair may not regrow till after three to four weeks.