Does anyone out there have some advice on how to deal with hot spots? My female cocker has developed a couple. What causes these things anyway? What can I do for her?

Hot spots develop from excessive moisture localized in an area which can be caused by chewing, matting, etc. I've experienced some of the same things in my own cockers- first thing I do is shave the area and spray on Gentocin Spray. It will heal in a matter of days.
Denise (fellow cockerite)!
Regarding the dreaded "hot spots", a vet friend suggested using athlete's foot spray. I've used Tolnaftate for one with excellent results. If you have a show dog part the hair, clean, dry area and spray generously with foot spray. It will keep dry and kill any fungus/bacteria. Heals practically overnight. Affordable too! I always keep some handy when brushing my dogs in case I come across an imbedded burr etc.
One thing you might try is Desenex foot powder. Cornstarch can also be beneficial. And, although I've never tried it, a vet suggested the use of Murphy's Oil Soap.
Anything dying will work. Stay away from bag balm or anything greasy with the exception of vitamin E oil which also works. I use a lotion called Hot Spotless by Flea Flee products or MSM Lotion or Gold Bond powder. Suffadene lotion is another old stand by. Hot spots are a reaction from an allergin, fleas, food are two top causes. Also can be brought on by stress. My terriers get hot spots if I give them too high of a protien feed.
Hot spots can develope for all sorts of reasons. Allergies, stress etc.... We have had alot of luck with a product called Willard Water. You can purchase it at alot of health food stores. You dillute an ounce in a gallon of distilled water and saturate the hot spot 4 or 5 times a day. You can even make up her shampoo with it and add it to her drinking water. It is great stuff.
Diane B.
I use bag balm on my Rottys hotspots and it clears them up. And he won't chew on them.~:)Cally
A cheap very fast remedy is an old fashioned veterinary one. Tannic acid in solution. Keep scratching those heads, I going to tell. For you married or living with's. Use a little of your better half's shaving lotion. The tannic in it will sooth the itch causing the hot spot and dry it. It is a fast and immediate solution. Or if you are a single individual try Sea Breeze it will have the same effect. Not only is it cheaper but that doggy will smell better in the process. For the shop I use Sulfa-Med from Kenic [ has tannic in it] Much easier to buy than look for all the stuff called for in recipe in Merck Manual. Stuff for A. Feet not good if ingested. After Shave Lotion or Sea Breeze will not have an effect.
Because I have problems with hot spots on my Great Pyreenes I would suggest Melaleuca oil and the Melaleuca shampoo. They work great on clearing up the problem and are natural.
Personally I think that Povidone Scrub..or some real antibiotic soap is the best for the initial hot spot treatment. Once the skin is broken from an injury, flea bite, whatever, it starts to weep, and the serum is very irritating to the've got to get the gummy, crusty stuff off, and expose the skin surface. I keep Providone scrub by the tub for ooky ears (that's a technical term, mind you!), too..really gets 'em clean.
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All the answers to how to treat hot spots confirms my vets opinion that there are over 100 different ways to treat hot spots, and each dog seems to require a different one... Main thing is to clip the hair away from the sore, and use a product to dry up the hot spot. The itch/lick cycle must be stopped. If the dog keeps licking the sore will not be able to heal, so a bitter spray or an e-collar is sometimes necessary.