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Hi. Just wanted to ask about something that Riley has been doing for a couple weeks now. He has been licking one front paw. I cannot see a cut or abrasion and think maybe due to the wet weather we have been having he developed a hotspot. We have been soaking his paw in chamomile tea and also have done it in a vinegar/water mixture to help disinfect the area. What are some other possible things to try to manage it. It has gotten better however overnight I know is when he is licking it most. Thank you.
Our Vet Says:

This problem can be have multiples causes: fleas, bacterial infection, mycosis.
In such cases, the first thing that you need to do is treat your pet for fleas. Fleas are the most frequent cause for hotspot on dogs. You  need to have treatment with anti inflammatory medicine to stop the scratching.
In addition you can try using itch relief shampoo (Hot Spots, Oatmeal shampoo,Aloe Vera shampoo) which will help for short periods of time.
  You can also try using homeopathic products  containing cedar wood oils, lavender and aloe vera .
    There is also Resicort lotion (Virbac) which has antipruritic and anti-inflammatory action.
My advice is to go in for a vet consultation to find the cause for hotspot.


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