How to Use Gold Bond Medicated Powder on Dogs

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Sterilized gauze pads

  • Vet wrap


Watch your pet closely to make certain he does not lick the treated hot spot. Gold Bond medicated powder contains menthol as an anti-itch medication and zinc oxide as a skin protectant. Zinc oxide is toxic to dogs if it is ingested.

Take your dog to your veterinarian if the hot spot is not healing or looks larger or more inflamed. Your pooch may need further treatment including antibiotics or painkillers.


Prevent future hot spots by drying your dog thoroughly after he goes swimming, plays in the rain or after a bath.

Dogs who continue to bite at a hot spot and remove the bandages may need to see the veterinarian to secure an Elizabethan collar.

Dogs can get hot spots from excessive licking and biting at their skin from matted hair, flea bites or an abrasion. Hot spots are open, red wounds that are painful to your pooch. Gold Bond Medicated Powder is Food and Drug Administration approved for humans, though not for pets. Contact your veterinary clinic for confirmation before treating hot spots on your canine friend with this product.


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Step 1

Clip long hair away from the hot spot close to the skin. Removing surround hair keeps it from touching the wound and causing infection. Be careful not to get too close to the skin.


Step 2

Pour hydrogen peroxide on a sterile gauze pad and clean the wound gently. Wipe away any dried matter around the hot spot. Hot spots weep clear moisture that hardens as it dries.


Step 3

Dab a fresh sterile gauze pad on the hot spot to absorb most of the moisture from the hydrogen peroxide. Some moisture is necessary for the powder to adhere to the hot spot.


Step 4

Cover the hot spot plus about an inch around it in all directions with Gold Bond powder in a thick layer.


Step 5

Place a new sterilized gauze pad on top of the powder and place vet wrap on top of it to keep the breathable gauze in place and protect the hot spot from being scratched by your dog.


Step 6

Remove the vet wrap and gauze to clean the hot spot and repeat the treatment once daily for about three to four days or until the hot spot dries completely.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.



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