A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: 1/3 Listerine (original formula) 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on. This is quite similar to the formula recommended for dogs’ itchy hot spots. The herbal oils in Listerine may have some antifungal or antibacterial activity. Chronic itching may be the result of an allergic reaction. Changing to a hypoallergenic dog food is sometimes helpful.

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  1. Sue

    We just took our 7 pound dog to the vet for a hot spot. The vet pulled two teeth. We did not know the dog had dental problems. Anyway, he got an antibiotic shot, a prednisone shot. And 7 days of antibiotic pills. His hot spot is on the throat in the chin area. He does not scratch it. It does not heal and it bleeds. The vet spent more time on dog food than the hot spot. I am going to try the listerine and witch hazel. I know witch hazel is very helpful with people and itchy eyes. There is no evidence of fleas.

  2. Lil

    I have horses and have used listerine on rain scald (like hot spots) and you do not need anything other than straight listerine. I would avoid oils as they can be a carrier/environment that encourages bacterial and yeast growth (as it keeps the area moist).

  3. Kallee S.

    I heard the this Listerine mixture is good to put on dogs coats when they have dandruff. Is this true?

  4. B. A.D..

    Do you wrap the affected areas?

  5. Laurie

    I know this post was done a long time ago. I’m still hoping someone will read my question to it. I have a collie that no matter what I do he chews his butt till it’s raw and his front paw. Been to the vet many times and prescribed steroids and creams. He’s on an all natural organic grain free diet. Plus he’s on Sentinal and Advantix topical for fleas. I was fascinated by this all natural way to help him.
    My question is should the vagisil powder be applied to the wet area and form a paste??? or just sprinkled on loosely. Thxs for the awesome information. I’m trying it now and wasn’t sure about the way the powder went on.

  6. R. Lutz

    I read somewhere & always used a home remedy similar to this, yet different. Mine involves:
    1/4 cup Listerine + 1/4 cup Witch Hazel + 1 cup Water into a spray bottle.
    Shake solution up, and spray pet in the affected area making sure to saturate the area (avoid spraying in pets eyes, nose, and mouth). After wetting the area, take Vagisil (women’s feminine product) powder, and sprinkle on the affected area. The reason this home remedy works is:
    Listerine is an antiseptic
    Witch Hazel reduces itching and also helps with other skin problems
    Vagisil is an antifungal agent.
    Hot spots and itchy areas on pets are usually caused by a bacterial infection. You can repeat as necessary. I have had EXTREME good luck with this ‘wonder concoction’. I have 2 dogs both of which have skin problems, a collie and a west highland white terrier, and anytime I see hot spots or excessive itching coming on, I rely on this.

    • Lillian

      This remedy sounds like a good one. My brother had a terrible problem and after going to many doctors found that a women’s feminine product solved his long standing and miserable problem. My question is because the hot spot is on his paw, would licking it after applying this combination hurt him?

  7. helen

    If you want something for the itching get aloe gel.

  8. BEH

    I am using Gold Bond body powder on my dog. It has helped stop itching.

  9. OurBigFriendWhoHelps

    Our Shetland Sheepdog loves apple juice (acetic acid) and with an ounce once or twice a day, he’s had no itch problem all winter…but be darned if he shares our beer!

  10. SW

    We have been battling our dog licking his paws since he was 4 mths old. We have him on lamb and rice but it still continued and we’d end up going through another bout of antibiotics to clear it up. I read about giving them organic yogurt and apple cider vinegar so I’ve started giving him a heaping tbsp in the morning with his food and a cap full of acv mixed in it. He loves it actually. We’ve also started wiping his feet with a baby wipe when he comes in from outdoors. We had to use his itching medicine for a couple of days but he’s been off all other antibiotics for over a month now. I think these things are really helping.

  11. E Parks

    My dog Abbie has had a really bad itchy rash on her chest feet and arm, I’ve tried Listerine on her stomach and chest and it helped a lot, but her feet still itch so bad she has them raw from chewing.
    Is there anything else I can try? The vet has given me a shampoo and a anti-fungi tab for her to use, but so far its not helped. We even switched her dog food. Does anyone have an answer to what is happening with her?

  12. Karen E.

    I have been dealing with a flea infestation that I discovered I had a week ago. I brought the dog to the vet and had him dipped. They kept him overnight so that I could have the exterminator come into the house the next day and then as soon as poor Jake came home, he had the fleas on him again. The vet said it takes time to go through the kill cycle and they sent him home with a pill that is supposed to kill the adult fleas. He was still suffering four days later and then I remembered reading your article on the Listerine remedy. I looked it up on your website and sprayed it on Jake and then combed his fur with a flea comb to get the Listerine formula to penetrate. Within minutes two fleas that I had been trying to catch all night came right to the surface and I was able to just pick them off the dog.
    Thank you so much. My little Jack Russell is sleeping soundly and not jumping up going crazy with fleas.
    I will be buying Listerine and baby oil by the gallon.

  13. Jill

    This is/was the most fantastic solution I’d read about in a long time! The minute my dogs start “worrying” a spot, I get out my spray bottle, spray the area thoroughly, massage the solution into their skin, and the problem stops immediately. No more hot spots that involve trips to the vet. Thank you whoever suggested that remedy.

  14. LPD

    This really does work! My mother’s dog has anxiety problems, and when she’s stresed she licks and chews on her elbow until she ends up with a raw sore. On the advice of her vet, my mom and I mixed this up and rubbed it into her ‘hot spot’ twice a day, making sure to bandage it so she didn’t ingest any of the mixture. We started noticing results immediately – the spot scabbed over and dried up, and started healing within a couple of days.
    It’s easy to use – just mix as much as you want, then the best way to apply it is to pat some on with a tissue or cotton pad until the area is fully moistened, then alternate pouring some directly on the spot (carefully) and rubbing it in until the area is very wet. No need to rinse off, and it doesn’t appear to sting. Just make sure to shake the solution every time you use it, because the baby oil separates.

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