Give your itchy dog or cat relief with this homemade hot spot spray.

Hot spots are a common skin problem for dogs and cats. These sores can be very irritating and painful, causing your pet to lick, scratch, and nibble the area constantly, worsening the hot spot. As a pet parent, you hate seeing them stressed and uncomfortable and want to alleviate the problem immediately. While taking them to the veterinarian is recommended, many at-home treatments you can try might save you a visit.

Hot spot spray for paw irritations

What Are Hot Spots?

Hot spots are superficial skin irritations of bacteria overgrowth. Also known as moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, these lesions of infected skin are often inflamed (red and swollen), oozing, and foul-smelling, causing your pet a great deal of discomfort.

What Causes Hot Spots?

Hot spots occur for various reasons, a few being from an insect bite, stress or anxiety that causes excessive chewing, licking, or scratching, poor hygiene, and food or seasonal allergies.

The irritation may start small, from an insect bite or a bur caught in their fur, but it can quickly get infected and become a problem. Your pet’s constant attention to that spot only worsens it, which could lead to a larger infection.

Can Hot Spots Be Prevented?

Depending on the cause of the irritation, hot spots could be prevented by diet changes if they are food-related or allergy medication if they’re seasonal.

Good nutrition and supplements can help improve overall skin and coat health, which could prevent certain hot spots from developing.

Proper grooming, especially of long-haired or thicker-coated pets, can help disinfect the skin, remove mats, bring air and dryness to moist areas of the body, and remove any inciting factors that could be caught in their fur.

Increasing their activity and exercise are great options if your pet licks out of boredom or anxiety. Burning off that excess energy or allowing them to relieve their stress with play or extra attention could be the answer.

However, if your pet gets hot spots regularly or none of your treatments and preventatives have worked, there could be an underlying, more serious cause. Veterinarian care is required to identify the issue and alleviate the problem.

How To Treat Hot Spots at Home

Bacteria grows in moist areas, so allowing the infected area to dry out is essential. To help speed healing, carefully trim or shave the hair around your pet’s irritation. Be very careful when shaving your pet. Enlist the aid of a vet or professional groomer if you’re not comfortable shaving them at home.

They should also be refrained from getting to the spot, so wearing the “cone of shame” may be necessary.

Clean the hot spot area with a mild antiseptic solution, sterile saline, or a diluted mixture of apple cider vinegar and distilled water. If using apple cider vinegar, start with a dilution of 70% water and 30% vinegar, as it will sting the inflamed area. However, do not use apple cider vinegar of any dilution on an open wound.

Topical treatments can be quite effective for relief and healing of hot spots. At Broomstick Pet Treats LLC, we developed a spray safe for both dogs and cats. As a bonus, we discovered during human testing that it worked great on our minor skin irritations and contact dermatitis. Our hot spot spray worked so well that we wanted to share the recipe!

Hot spot spray for skin irritations

About The Ingredients In Our Hot Spot Spray

You may not be familiar with some of these ingredients, so here’s a little about them and why we chose them for our hot spot spray.

  • Witch hazel, a.k.a. Hamamelis virginiana, is a small, yellow-flowered North American shrub. The liquid, creatively dubbed witch hazel, is derived from distilling the plant’s dried leaves, bark, and twigs. It’s widely used as an astringent.
  • Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension of minute particles of silver. Silver has been used for centuries as an antibacterial agent. It’s a natural antibiotic–killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
  • Aloe vera is a succulent plant. The thick leaves’ inner fillet, or meat, helps relieve the pain of burns and heal wounds, infections, and other skin irritations.
  • Hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant but has no cannabinoids or cannabis sativa; therefore, it does not contain CBD. (That’s hemp oil, which isn’t the same as hemp seed oil.) While it abounds with internal uses to promote healthy skin and coat, we use it in this spray to help soothe the inflamed area.
  • Neem seed oil is extracted from the seed kernels of the neem tree. The oil is a natural anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and insect repellant. It’s thick with a pungent odor, but don’t let the smell put you off of this very useful treatment.
  • Frankincense essential oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree. In addition to its soothing aroma, we use it in this spray to help reduce inflammation.
  • Lavender essential oil is derived from the buds of the lavender plant. We use it in our hot spot spray for the same reasons as the frankincense oil. Plus, these two oils help offset the pungent aroma of the neem seed oil.

All-Natural Hot Spot Spray for Pets

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This powerful, homemade hot spot spray has been formulated to not only kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi but also soothe and moisturize. Use liberally to quickly relieve the redness and itching caused by allergies, hot spots, rashes, bug bites, fungal infections, dry patches, and more. Allow the area to dry between applications.
Works on both cats and dogs… and people!
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Skin Care
Cuisine Non-Edible


  • 8oz spray bottle


  • 4 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 3 tablespoons colloidal silver
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel inner fillet
  • 1 tablespoons hemp seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons neem seed oil
  • 8 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • Distilled water


  • Combine first seven ingredients in an 8-ounce spray bottle.
  • Top off with distilled water.
  • Seal and shake vigorously to combine.


To Use

Safe for both dogs and cats. Before each use, shake bottle. Spray liberally onto affected area, avoiding eyes and snout. Repeat as necessary. Gentle enough to use several times daily. (This spray has also been proven very effective on humans!)
IMPORTANT: If your pet’s hot spot persists or spreads, please contact your veterinarian.

Shelf-life & Storage

Store in an airtight container and use within 6 months. Keep away from extreme heat and sunlight.
Keyword hot spot, pet skin care, pet wellness
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