How Dogs React to Witch Hazel

By Caroline Jackson

If your dog suffers from hot spots, you might consider witch hazel. This medicinal shrub can soothe problem areas. It reduces inflammation and acts as an astringent because of the volatile oils and tannins it contains. Consult a veterinarian for advice, especially before applying it to broken skin with cuts, scrapes or sores.

Using Witch Hazel

To apply witch hazel, place some on a cotton pad or cotton ball and lightly blot the affected area of your dog's skin. It may sting at first if the skin is particularly irritated, but it evaporates within seconds. Alternately, you can place some in a spray bottle and lightly mist it on the hot spot.

Avoid applying it too often, since its astringent properties may cause drying. If you notice any unusual swelling or irritation after putting witch hazel on your pup, discontinue use immediately and contact your veterinarian.