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Stop Hot Spots!

Hot spots are usually caused by a fungus which occurs when a dog constantly licks the same area of his body. It can also be caused by the fur getting wet repeatedly and never thoroughly dried.  

Use the Ear Wash Solution


Yes, it is the very same mixture used for infected ears.

This solution is not to be used orally or near the eyes or genitals of your pet as it will irritate these sensitive areas and cause discomfort.

Below are the ingredients you will need to make your own. Follow the amounts carefully and DO NOT add more than what is required.

Hot Spot Stopper

  • 16 ounces of Witch Hazel

  • 16 drops of Gentian Violet 1% tincture (Never use more than what is recommended)

  • 4 tablespoons of Boric Acid powder

  • 20 oz squirt bottle purchased from any Dollar Store or places where household products are sold. If you use an empty Windex bottle or something similar, wash and rinse the bottle thoroughly before using and if possible, rinse again with diluted vinegar before adding the contents of the mixture.

Witch Hazel, Gentian Violet and Boric Acid are generally all found on the same aisle at most drug stores and are not costly items. Gentian Violet is often found on the Hispanic aisle of many drug stores.

DO NOT use rubbing alcohol in this mixture as it will burn already sensitive skin. Use WITCH HAZEL since it is cool and soothing and will not burn the skin like alcohol!

Mix the above ingredients together and shake well before each use! Until it has dried on your dog's skin, Gentian Violet will stain anything it touches, so use outdoors if possible.

To understand how a hot spot can spread and become infected, please go to:


If your dog has open sores, DO NOT use this Hot Spot formula. Instead, use soothing ointments like Gold Bond or something similar until the area has scabbed over sufficiently.