How To Stop Your Dog From Licking A Hot Spot

Here at Banixx, we often hear our customers ask “Why is my dog scratching, licking, or chewing on a hot spot?” and of course “What causes hot spots on dogs?”. There are several reasons your pup may be focusing on one area of skin and creating a hot spot. Here are the most common causes of hot spots in dogs.

Top 8 Causes of Hot Spots on Dogs

  • Dog Licking Paw Hot SpotFood allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Age-related weak Immune system
  • Fleas, ticks or parasite Infestation (such as scabies and mites)
  • Contact irritants/seasonal (such as grass and pesticides)
  • Genetic predisposition to compulsive behavior
  • A thick coat can easily become matted, it’s a perfect recipe for a hot spot
  • Boredom

How Can I Keep A Dog From Licking A Hot Spot?

You don’t immediately have to resort to “The Cone of Shame” (aka Elizabethan collar) to keep your dog from licking (though that does work!). While there’s nothing wrong with The Cone and it’s not cruel or inhumane to make your pup wear it, there are other ingenious alternatives that may keep your dog happier.

If Itchiness Is A Result of Food Allergies, Try Changing Your Dog’s Diet

Dog Food Allergies Hot SpotsAround 50% or more of dog hot spots are attributable to food allergies, though you may need to ask a vet, or do your research, to determine precisely what foods bother your dog. As we highlight on our Treating and Preventing Hot Spots on Dogs page, many pooches are allergic to ingredients like soy, wheat, and corn – ingredients that are present in many commercial dog foods. Try a higher protein food diet that avoids grains; if you need help with this, your favorite dog food store will be able to help. When researching on the internet, make sure to get your information from a reliable, independent source. Not everything that you read on the internet is accurate, reliable, or well researched!

If The Hot Spot Is The Result Of An Itchy Skin Infection

Hot Spots From Itchy SkinThe origin of the problem may be a fungal (yeast) condition that leads to the irritation and itchiness and subsequent inflammation. Sometimes the itchy infection also has a foul smell to it. Sometimes, again, changing your dog’s diet may be the answer. You may need to consult with a vet, or do your own research, to determine exactly what foods bother your dog since a topic of discussion, lately, has been that dog foods that are higher in sugar may be the culprit. And, don’t expect to find “sugar” on the label, sugar goes under many names such as corn syrup, molasses, caramel, dextrose, barley malt, to name a few, and, the product may contain more than one of these ingredients! (These can sound pretty healthy, huh? I mean, they list the – barley!) Moreover, as already mentioned, many dogs are allergic to ingredients like soy, wheat, and corn – ingredients that are present in many commercial dog foods. Try feeding a higher protein diet that avoids grains and sugars – your pet food store should be able to help you with this if you are not sure.

Check Your Dog’s Flea or Mite Protection Program

dog biting fleas causing hot spot

If you don’t currently have one, your vet can make recommendations and perform a simple test to see if fleas/mites are the issues, and, if this is the case, he/she can recommend a product to eliminate them. Even if your dog is on a good flea/tick prevention program, one late treatment or one missed treatment can leave your pooch susceptible to an “attack” by either one of the pesky wily critters! It’s easy to get back on track with treatments if this is the case and while the treatment is taking effect, the use of Banixx Pet Care spray is proven to provide relief from any associated infection but note: Banixx is not an insecticide, so whereas it may give relief, it will NOT kill the mites or fleas.

Is Your Dog Stressed Out or Anxious?

anxious dog looking out the windowIf your dog is stressed or anxious, it can lead to obsessive behaviors such as licking or biting, that creates a hot spot. Some people recommend calming herbs, such as chamomile, St. John’s Wort, skullcap or oat – make it into a cup of tea, let it cool down, and add some of it to your dog’s food.

Another help for stress is regular exercise. This is particularly useful for high-energy dogs that need to stretch their muscles and run in order to remain healthy. Of course, exercise for your dog brings about a bonus for the owner as he or she gets extra exercise! And just as with humans, exercise stimulates the brain, releases endorphins and generates feelings of happiness. Let that energy out to avoid your dog feeling frustrated and turning to self-mutilation for relief. For some dogs, adding a toy to his exercise regimes such as a ball or a Frisbee can get him moving and burning off some excess energy.

Is Your Dog Bored?

If your dog is bored, he may start licking to entertain himself. Your dog needs stimulation to keep him from destructive behaviors. You can play a significant role in relieving your dog’s boredom. Here are some ideas:

  • dog running to burn off energyGive her regular exercise (see above for stressed-out dogs). Note: This is good for YOU, too! The companionship of a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure in the dog’s owner!
  • Distract her with a small amount of peanut butter (but make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol, which is lethal for your pet – see this blog for more information on how to do this safely). It’s fun to watch her eat it and takes a while for her to finish, particularly if you are able to paste a little to the roof of your canine friend’s mouth!
  • If you must leave your dog most of the day (which many people with full-time jobs have to do), leave some toys or bones that he can chew on while you’re gone. You can leave a Kong® stuffed with peanut butter or cheese, for instance. A twist on this is to put a lump of peanut butter into a Kong the night before and put it into the freezer. Next day, it takes your dog quite a while to clear the peanut butter out that Kong. For me, because I work, my two dogs get a frozen peanut butter Kong just before I leave the house, so they know…” Ok, Mom is leaving….settle down and eat the treats and snooze until she returns”. (Frozen Peanut Butter Kong…merely put the usual amount of peanut butter in the Kong, but, put it in the freezer the night before. This will keep your dog busy for quite a bit longer with no downsides)
  • dog catching frisbee to keep hot spots at bayBe creative about distraction techniques to keep your dog from feeling the need to lick and chew.
  • Hide or scatter dog biscuits for your dog to find while you’re gone.
  • Teach him to do tricks.
  • Brush her coat.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Take him outside and throw a ball or Frisbee.
  • Shower her with love and affection.
  • Treat him to a massage.

Your dog is an important member of your family, and you naturally want him to be healthy, happy, and free of obsessions. Do everything you can to eliminate the causes of hot spots, both physical and psychological.

And remember that, whatever the reason your dog has a hot spot, Banixx Pet Care can help relieve the itch, and help eliminate the infection from the hot spot in a couple of days as part of an integrated program to combat this pesky condition. Find out more here.

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Can I Treat Dog Hot Spots With Coconut Oil?

using coconut oil to treat a dog hot spotA dog hot spot (AKA acute moist dermatitis) is an open sore that occurs when your dog sustains some kind of damage to the skin, whereupon bacteria proliferate, and the area becomes red, hot, itchy and swollen. Oftentimes the dog himself causes the hot spot when he obsessively scratches, licks, and chews on the skin. If not treated, the area becomes infected, grows in size, and forms pus on the damaged skin surface, creating a crust. Sometimes hair loss results. Hot spots can be very painful for your pet.

Many dog owners can recognize hot spots without having to take their pets to the vet – and they’re looking for something quick and effective they can buy over the counter. One potential agent that has gained some popularity is coconut oil. Let’s take a look at what coconut oil can (and can’t) do for your dog’s hot spot:

Coconut Oil For Canine Hot Spots

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory usefulness. That’s why some owners see it as a possible home remedy to reduce the itch and swelling of hot spots.

The typical treatment with coconut oil involves spreading the oil on the dog’s hot spot and reapplying as necessary. When it works, the hot spots will usually begin healing within a few days.

The downsides of coconut oil as a home remedy

  1. Elizabethan cone used to prevent hot spot lickingIt tastes good, so your dog will love licking it off. While small amounts of it are not toxic for your dog to ingest (large amounts CAN cause problems), it may require many re-applications and possibly the dreaded cone to prevent your dog from licking it off. Remember, licking the hot spot is one reason it became inflamed in the first place!
  2. It is a great moisturizer, used by many people (and dogs) to keep the skin moist and soft. However, the hot spot is already moist – and most vets contend that the area needs to dry up to heal.
  3. The lauric acid in coconut oil is great for many things – but it is a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent. It’s possible that it could eliminate the good bacteria that are fighting the bad bacteria that are causing the hot spot.
  4. It’s sticky and oily, so it can get all over your carpets, furniture and possibly into your bedding if your dog sleeps there…as many do!!
  5. In fact, not much research has been done on the effectiveness of coconut oil for pets, and there are no clinical studies that show coconut oil helps in the treatment of hot spots.

What is the best treatment for dog hot spots?

Banixx Anti-Fungal Anti-Bacterial SprayBanixx Pet Care is a popular and effective topical solution that is proven to help remedy dog hot spots, but there is more to a dog hot spot than meets the eye. Along with Banixx treatment, the underlying cause needs to be addressed in order to speed up the healing time and prevent a recurrence. Banixx can be purchased at most pet supply stores and online (here), and offers the following benefits to your suffering pooch:

  • Banixx antiseptic spray has a unique pH level that creates an acidic environment that completely nixes bacterial or fungal growth.
  • It is water-based, so there is no stickiness to get all over your carpet, furniture, etc. as with coconut oil.
  • It has been shown to be very effective at remedying the hot spot – bringing immediate relief.
  • It contains no alcohol or steroids, unlike other products, which are often iodine, alcohol, or tea-tree oil-based. This means it doesn’t sting or burn when being applied.
  • It has no added color or fragrance or taste – so it’s not attractive at all for your dog to lick.
  • It can be applied daily – and you don’t need to worry about over-dosing.
  • Banixx is completely safe for use around the eye (proven by independent clinical testing).

When it comes to dog hot spots, many different products, such as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, Benadryl and hydrogen peroxide, claim to be great alternatives to veterinarian-provided medications. But only one, Banixx Pet Care, has been proven to work on hot spots gently, quickly, effectively, and without any negative side effects – making it the best treatment for dog hot spots.

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Can You Use Neosporin On Dogs?

neosporin as a dog wound care productHas your dog ever come back from a walk with a terrible scratch on its leg or stomach? Or has he ran across a textured rug and landed on his belly leading to carpet burn? What about skidding across a hard concrete floor and coming back with painful scrapes on his legs? When this happens, most dog owner’s first thoughts are to use the same antibiotic ointment they use on themselves: Neosporin.

Is Neosporin Safe For Dogs?

To truly determine just how safe Neosporin is for your dog, we need to evaluate each of the main ingredients in Neosporin. Luckily, there have been numerous research studies that have been done on the subject that make the determination clear.

What’s In Neosporin?

Is Neosporin safe for dogs?Neosporin is a triple-antibiotic ointment, which contains Polymyxin B, Neomycin, and Bacitracin. These antibiotics are all designed to kill any bacteria present on the skin’s surface, which makes them perfect for treating minor scrapes and cuts.

In addition to being able to prevent infections in minor wounds, most Neosporin products contain Pramoxine, which is a type of topical painkiller. Pramoxine works by slightly numbing the area where it is applied, which assists in mild pain relief.

All of this may sound fantastic, but Neosporin was specifically designed for humans – NOT DOGS. So next, we need to evaluate how each of the ingredients in Neosporin affects our canine friends.

Bacitracin And Dogs

do not put neospsorin on your dogTo date, there have been several studies conducted on how effective Bacitracin is when used on dogs. One of the first studies was conducted in 1989 and involved observing dogs that had undergone recent bone surgery.

The study compared the canines who were treated using Bacitracin post-surgery to the dogs that had not undergone any treatment or the dogs who have only received irrigation using a type of saline solution.

It was discovered that the dogs that received the Bacitracin treatment had far lower infections along with a lot fewer bacteria cultures that tested positive. This concluded that this antibiotic was working well to prevent infections after surgery.

One of the other studies conducted examined the effects associated with oral Bacitracin. It was discovered that when administered orally, this antibiotic drastically lowered specific bacteria colonies present inside the intestines. In addition, there were no side-effects regarded as major even in the instances of overdose.

All good news for our pups, but as you’ll find out below, there are some serious caveats to these findings.

Neomycin And Dogs

veteranarian neosporin alternativeThe studies associated with Neomycin happen to be more complex, and they are also not close to being as promising. Neomycin works by suppressing bacteria growth. This results in the death of the bacteria, which usually occurs within a short time frame.

Unlike Bacitracin, this medication is not absorbed in the intestines. This makes this antibiotic a preferable choice for the treatment of infections present in areas such as the digestive tract.

While these findings indicate that Neomycin is a very powerful antibiotic, there are some very SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS for canines. Several reports conducted recently have shown that an incorrect dosage of Neomycin can adversely affect the health of our beloved pets. This makes this medication dangerous for use unless under the supervision or guidance of a qualified veterinarian.

In one of the studies, it was discovered that canines that were intravenously dosed with Neomycin underwent hearing changes. These changes in hearing ranged from muffling to COMPLETE DEAFNESS. However, in each case, none of these changes proved to be permanent.

Polymyxin B And Dogs

The third main ingredient in Neosporin is Polymyxin B, which is an antibiotic that was derived from the bacterium known as Bacillus polymyxa. This medication is often used when a previous antibiotic treatment has failed. More often than not, this occurs from methicillin-resistant bacteria, which usually doesn’t respond to standard antibiotics.

However, in most cases, this type of bacteria responds to Polymyxin B, which makes this one of the preferred back-up medications. In some cases, it will even be prescribed in combination with another antibiotic, as added security should the other medicine fail to be effective. This is its actual use when it comes to Neosporin.

And while there are only a few NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS of this drug, it is important to highlight the most prominent one, which is Pemphigus Vulgaris. This is an autoimmune disease that can cause PAINFUL BLISTERING on your dog’s skin and mucous membranes.

Can You Put Neosporin on a Dog?

Dog Wound Neosporin

The short answer to this question is yes, you can put Neosporin on a dog, but knowing the potential DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS, would you really want to?

Once dog owners learn that the ingredients in Neosporin have been known to cause deafness and painful blistering in dogs, they realize that they should really seek out a safer treatment for their pup.

It is also important to remember that Neosporin is not a medication made for dogs. It is a human medication, which is why it is safe to say it should not really be used on canines at all.

It is also important to avoid trying to self-treat a dog using drugs, even for things that are minor such as scratches. Neosporin is created and dosed for use in adults, who are usually much larger and have a different biological make-up when compared to dogs.

This could result in issues, particularly in dogs that are smaller, yet even the larger breed of dogs can also experience negative side effects when treated without the supervision of a vet.

What Treatment Is Better Than Neosporin For Dogs?

Banixx Anti-Fungal Anti-Bacterial SprayIf your dog does experience a minor injury and you are seriously considering using Neosporin, we highly recommend you use Banixx instead.

The science behind sound wound healing clearly gives Banixx the edge over other infection care treatments via its unique pH formulation. As far as Banixx spray product ingredients, Banixx has one active ingredient, stabilized hydronium 2.5%. The inactive ingredient is purified water. The unique pH and high oxygen levels create an acidic environment which reduces toxicity levels of bacteria while increasing antimicrobial activity. The elevated levels of oxygen complement the acidic environment by further energizing antibacterial activity. The end result enhances epithelization and angiogenesis or, advanced wound healing, and infection control.

Banixx is available online and at local pet stores. Click here to find a pet store that carries Banixx near you.

Seek The Advice Of Your Vet

And above all else, if you are still not sure about the right treatment for your dog’s wounds, be sure to call your vet and ask for his opinion on which would be the best treatment for your pup.

Furthermore, if your canine starts to display any signs that they have an infection, you should take him to a vet immediately. Your vet has the experience to treat your pet safely and more effectively than you can from home.

Is Neosporin Safe For Dogs To Lick?

dog licking neosporin off his pawIf you have already applied Neosporin to a wound on your dog and they have licked it off, there is usually not much to be concerned about. Ingesting this medication may result in side-effects that are minor, such as an upset stomach. However, in most cases, any side effects will usually not be serious.

With this in mind, this is another reason why Neosporin is not effective for managing a wound as your dog can simply lick the medication off immediately. For this reason, you may need to test out a few methods to prevent the dog from licking their wound. Excessive licking of the wound will usually interfere with how quickly the dog heals from the wound.

You may want to try a cone over the dogs head, or a t-shirt or sock, which will obviously depend on where the wound is located. If the wound is located on the trunk of the dog, you could think of buying an outfit for your dog.

If your dog is small, you could consider a baby outfit that doesn’t feature any buttons. My in-laws use these baby onesies for a dog that they own. Their dog is old and has developed a condition on the skin, which means they often have to use topical antibiotics to keep the situation under control. To stop the dog from removing the medication, they dress her in a baby onesie without doing up the buttons.

Is Neosporin a Good Hot Spot Treatment?

dog hot spotAs we mentioned above, if your dog gets a minor injury or a hotspot, and you are seriously considering using Neosporin, we highly recommend you use Banixx instead. You can find Banixx in most online retailers and pet stores across the country.


Use Banixx For Your Dog’s Minor Scrapes and Scratches

Now that you know the potential side effects of using Neosporin on your dog, we hope you make the wise decision of using Banixx instead.  Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx.

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Why Is My Dog Biting and Chewing His Nails?

There he goes again with that annoying biting and chewing on his nails!  While such behavior is commonly thought of as an annoyingly bad habit in humans, our furry best friends can be voracious nail biters too!  But why? And should you be concerned?

As with other stressful situations that affect our dogs, this one may also have a simple solution, or it may be more concerning and harder to cure.  Here are some common causes for dogs that excessively bite and chew their nails, most of which can be safely and quickly dealt with at home. But don’t let your guard down too soon, some of the potential causes may require a trip to your vet for medication and/or a more complicated course of treatment or behavior modification.  Let’s look at the possibilities.

Dog Biting Nails Prevention

Stick to a regular grooming schedule to prevent your dog’s nails from growing too long or falling into disrepair.  Fido’s nails grow relatively fast and can start to curve inward towards his paws. Excessively long nails are uncomfortable and even painful for your pooch, especially when they are running or walking.  They may also unintentionally scratch you or one of the kids during playtime, which no one wants, especially Fido. Being smart and eager to please, you may see your dog trying to remedy the situation himself by instinctively biting at the nails to shorten them.  Or, he may also start to paw aggressively at the ground to grind or wear the nails down.

corn starch nail trimmingMany owners are comfortable trimming their dog’s nails themselves; although I always found this to be a little daunting!  According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), a dog’s nail consists of a hard, outer surface called the shell and the living, pink inner material called the “quick.”  The quick supplies blood to the nail and, if cut, can result in bleeding and pain to your pooch. If you decide to trim your dog’s nails, it’s essential to be prepared with a supply of Styptic powder or a styptic pencil.  These are made and sold for dogs and are available at any pet food store. Alternatively, have something as simple as corn starch on hand. If you trim too far, you will draw blood. If this happens, to stop the dog nail bleeding,  immediately apply a pinch of Styptic powder or corn starch to your dog’s bleeding nail. Continue to treat this way until the blood flow slows considerably, or stops. Or, if you use the styptic pencil, merely press it against the bleeding cut area to stop the bleeding. Whichever you use, it generally works very quickly. A normally healthy dog will not bleed to death when that vein inside their nails is cut or broken. It can be quite intense when the blood does start to flow, but a normal, healthy animal will have the proper coagulation that will stop the flow in due course.  

keep dog from chewing on nailsInterestingly, regular nail trimming will result in the “quick” receding from the end, making nail trimming a much easier job and a much happier pup.  But be careful, too many cuts into the “quick” will make Fido fear the nail trimming process and become tough to handle. Since nail trimming is a life-long routine for many dogs, it’s a great idea to make it and keep it a pleasant experience. 

The other alternative is to use the expertise of a professional groomer to trim your dog’s nails.  While some groomers may still prefer to cut the nails, many have switched to grinding the nails down.  The grinding process slowly sands down the nail, while at the same time cauterizing the end. Either way, you should be assured that your pooch is in the capable hands of an experienced professional.

Broken Nails – Occasional or Frequent?  It Could Be Important

dogs will bite and pull their nails if they are not trimmed properlyBroken nails are no less irritating to dogs than humans.  While we might just clip away jagged remnants of our broken nails, our furry friends will attempt to bite away their broken nails.  Not only may this condition cause significant pain to your dog, but, the bacteria in your dog’s mouth can lead to an ugly infection or a hot spot.  If you can see that your dog is compulsive chewing on a broken nail, and if you feel comfortable doing so, use clippers to remove the broken portion of the nail.  Another option is a trip to your vet or to your groomer. This may be an excellent time to start the topical application of an antibacterial/anti-fungal solution such as Banixx Pet Care.  This will help to soothe the irritation and stop the infection in its tracks.

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy

If you notice that your dog seems to be suffering from broken nails on a more regular basis, he may have a condition known as Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO).  SLO is an autoimmune condition that causes their bodies to attack the nails.  This condition can drive Fido crazy, and he will undoubtedly respond by obsessively biting and pulling at his nails.  If this occurs, waste no time in taking your pup to a trusted veterinarian. He/she will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and start an effective medication regiment to get the condition under control.

Dog Chewing Nails Due To Itchy Skin/Allergies

Just like their humans, dogs can also experience allergies to many things, including food, parasites, flea bites, outdoor allergens, etc.  If your dog is neurotically biting or chewing at his nails, it could mean that he has been in contact with some sort of outdoor allergen. Examples are grass, pollen, or chemical lawn treatments that have subsequently attached to your dog’s nails. An allergy to flea bites or other parasites may also be the culprits to Fido’s torture.  To free himself from this acute irritation, your dog may appear to be fixedly chewing at his nails, but, in actual fact, he’s aiming at the itchy skin in between his toes and his paws. Dogs can chew so much that they break open the skin, which can, in turn, lead to infection or a raging hot spot.

Solutions to your dog’s allergies may be time-consuming and complicated to find.  Discovering the root cause may mean a trip to your vet for parasites or allergy testing.  Temporarily soothing your dog’s itchy toes/skin may be your only immediate option while you explore all avenues for the cause. Two excellent product choices that may relieve your dog’s itchiness, while searching for the origin of his allergies, are Banixx Pet Care Spray and Banixx Medicated Shampoo.

Remember, allergies are systemic (internal) and generally develop over time, so will require significant time and effort in to resolve. While this discovery is in process, daily applications of Banixx can help provide an immediate and calming respite for your dog until the real culprit can be determined.

dog allergies can cause them to bite their nails

Bacterial or Fungal Infections

An infection may be another reason that your dog keeps gnawing at his nails.  Infections can begin from a variety of causes such as a fungal infection in your dog’s nail bed, a bacterial infection caused by an exposed, untreated wound from a broken/torn nail, or some other type of paw injury.  Such infections may develop into itchy skin that your dog will continuously chew, lick, bite, or scratch to relieve. This, in turn, may damage the skin even further. Infections can also lead to raging hot spots, so it’s crucial to determine the underlying cause, as soon as possible.  As soon as you notice Fido fixating and chewing at his nails and/or paws, check the area for signs of matted hair/fur, as well as any red, swollen, oozing sores. Caught in the early stages, Banixx may be all that is needed but watch! these infections can run rampant in short order and may need antibiotics, which means a trip to your vet. 

Anxiety and/or Boredom

When you think of an anxious dog, think of stress.  Humans often chew their nails when they become overly stressed.  The same is often the case for our furry friends. For example, thunderstorms, fireworks, and separation anxiety – some dogs become too stressed when left home alone.  These are just a few everyday situations that may trigger stress-induced anxiety in our dogs. Any anxiety can result in stress-induced nail-biting behavior in your dog.  If you think that your dog suffers from anxiety, especially separation anxiety, a trip to your vet, or an animal behaviorist/trainer, may help to get answers.

distract your dog to keep them from chewing their nails and furnitureBoredom, on the other hand, is an issue of a lack of stimulation rather than one of stress.  Does your dog turn into Houdini or a kleptomaniac when left home alone? Destructive behavior is often indicative of a bored dog.  And although one sign of boredom in your dog when he is left alone may be nail-biting, there are many other undesirable, destructive behaviors.  Examples are, stealing articles of their human’s clothing, trying to escape the house or yard, and the ever-annoying habit of chewing of your favorite purses, shoes, furniture, pillows, or rugs.

One little word that will do wonders with boredom issues – DISTRACT, DISTRACT, DISTRACT.  Make sure your dog has plenty of toys, ropes, or safe chews to re-direct his nervous energy while you’re gone.  Try taking him on a nice walk or run around the yard before you leave. The goal is to tire him sufficiently so that he will snooze during your absence rather than learning the nasty habits such as chewing his nails.

In Conclusion

So, to answer the question “why does my dog bite his nails?”, it’s safe to say that there are many reasons why your furry companion is obsessively biting or chewing at his nails.  Some are relatively benign, and some may lead to severe medical or behavioral conditions that will require professional intervention. 

Through it all, however, for immediate topical relief of Fido’s symptoms, consider a strong infection fighter like Banixx Pet Care.  Although Banixx is not a dog medicine, its powerful combination of low acidity and high oxygen levels are ideal for faster wound healing.  It merely creates an environment that is totally inhospitable to bacteria and fungi. Thus, the immune system can spend more time healing the injured tissue rather than expending excessive energy fighting infections.

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What Can I Give My Dog For Pain Relief?

Help! My dog is in pain!… What can you give a dog for pain relief? 

Is It Safe To Give Benadryl, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve or Tylenol For Pain Relief?

BenadrylNO! There’s nothing worse than knowing your dog is in pain. The question is, if your dog has a hotspot, ear infection or any other painful condition, what can you do to alleviate his or her suffering?

First and most apparent is a trip to the veterinarian to determine why your dog is in pain. Your vet will perform an exam to diagnose any illness and provide treatment that may be a medication.

Of course, you may already have a good idea of what is bothering your dog and want to help with products you can buy “over the counter.” Let’s talk about the options and risk factors of administering these OTC drugs to your pet:

Pain Relief For Dog Injuries or Chronic Conditions:

If your dog has been injured, has a disease, or suffers from arthritis or other chronic pain-inducing illnesses, you may be tempted to give him an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). But, NSAIDs are intended only for human use.


pain medications for dogsDo not give pain products like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve) to your dog! These drugs have side effects that could harm your dog – and – even be fatal.  Read on, and we’ll explain.  It’s because of the way that these drugs work.  They work by suppressing an enzyme that enhances inflammation, fever, and pain. They also have the unfortunate side effect of reducing blood flow to the kidneys, curbing protection of the gastrointestinal tract and disrupting normal blood clotting. (Note: These problems have also been noted in humans who take too many NSAIDs!).

Some dogs who are sensitive to NSAIDs will end up with diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding disorders, labored or rapid breathing, and problems with their kidneys or liver. These drugs are especially toxic for dogs that already have kidney or liver disease, blood disorders, or heart failure. And they should be completed avoided if your dog is pregnant.

Risk Factor: High

Added note: Baby aspirin may have a lower dosage than regular aspirin – but is generally regarded as unsafe for your dog.

What About Tylenol? (aka acetaminophen)

Tylenol creates many problems for dogs. Too much acetaminophen will have a toxic effect on the liver and kidneys and prevents hemoglobin from carrying oxygen to the blood. It can cause widespread tissue and organ damage leading to death in a very short amount of time.

Risk factor: High

What CAN I give my dog for pain?

The good news is that your vet can prescribe specially formulated NSAID products designed for handling your dog’s pain. These are much better options for mitigating any discomfort your dog may be experiencing. Some of the brand names include:

    Carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)

    Deracoxib (Deramaxx)

    Firocoxib (Previcox)

    Meloxicam (Metacam)

The best course of action is to get the right prescription from your vet – and don’t try to take a shortcut by dispensing human products to your dog for his/her pain relief.

Risk Factor: Low or None

Pain Associated with Skin or Ear Infections:

Banixx Spray RemedyIf your dog is suffering from pain associated with topical ailments such as hot spots (inflammation, soreness), wounds, ear infections, mange or other skin infections due to bacterial or fungal issues, we recommend that you treat the area with Banixx Pet Care. It’s a gentle but effective topical solution that tackles the underlying infection and eliminates it. With the elimination or reduced infection, pain often subsides.  However, depending on the severity of the case, you may also need veterinary intervention if the case does not quickly resolve.

Risk Factor: Zero

You cannot overdose using Banixx, it is non-toxic, easy to apply, and effective, providing immediate relief for your dog. For your dog, it is soothing relief with no medicinal odor to cause angst and no burn or sting upon application.

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Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs – Symptoms and Treatments

Xylitol is a natural sweetener.  It’s a sugar alcohol with a sweetness comparable to sugar. When dogs eat a food that contains Xylitol, it is more quickly absorbed into their bloodstream than in yours, causing a release of pancreatic insulin up to 7 times more than in humans.  Within 10 to 60 minutes of eating just a small amount of Xylitol, dogs can experience dangerous insulin levels and a profound drop in blood sugar. Here is the problem…

Xylitol Can Be LETHAL For Your Dog!

Xylitol Gum Is Toxic For Dogs

Xylitol is used in many of the products that we share with our dogs—the most common being peanut butter, nut butter, gum and toothpaste. 

Symptoms of Xylitol poisoning in dogs include:

  • Vomiting
  • Decreased activity & Weakness
  • Staggering & Incoordination
  • Collapse & Seizures

Left untreated or unseen, the situation may deteriorate rapidly resulting in an immediate trip to your vet or an emergency animal hospital…or worse….

But..woof!..the good news is that Xylitol poisoning is 100% preventable.  Be vigilant, check the  ingredients for all peanut/nut butters before giving your dog a treat and use only toothpaste made for dogs.  Keep candy, baked goods and chocolate products out of your dog’s reach (they may contain Xylitol).  Lists of peanut/nut butters, toothpaste and other products that contain Xylitol are readily available online.

NOTE: Xylitol is not harmful to humans. 

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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Cure Hot Spots on Dogs?

If you haven’t tried apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing or marinade, you’re missing a treat – and a healthy one at that. Proponents of this delicious vinegar believe it can do everything from reduce inflammation to increase heart health, lose weight, relieve acid reflux and treat dandruff.

But… are they going too far in saying it can help with your dog’s hot spot or itchy skin? Let’s take a look.

What is apple cider vinegar?

White Vinegar For DogsLike any vinegar, such as white vinegar, it’s an acid. It starts as apple juice; yeast and bacteria are added to turn the fruit sugar into alcohol, which ferments and turns into acetic acid.  It’s the acetic acid that gives the vinegar its strong smell and taste.

The fermentation process gives apple cider vinegar its antimicrobial properties – it naturally kills organisms like bacteria and fungi. This is one of the reasons it has become known as a great home remedy for a variety of physical ailments – and yes, an all-around household cleaner and disinfectant.

Should apple cider vinegar be used to treat dog hot spots or itchy skin?

Dog hot spots can be caused by allergies, skin infections and irritations, parasites and other reasons. You’ll know your dog has one when he’s licking, scratching or biting the area incessantly to gain relief from the pain, itch and inflammation.

dog ear mites vs yeast infectionYou can try apple cider vinegar on a hot spot only if it’s in the very early stages – but as soon as there is any broken skin, it is definitely NOT recommended. The burn and sting it causes when it hits the hot spot will make Sparky yelp and scamper away – and good luck getting him to come back for a second dose! Think about it – if it can be used to clean your kitchen floors, imagine what it will feel like on an open sore. Needless to say, it’s far too caustic to be used around the eyes.

Your dog can also have itchy skin that’s the result of fleas or a skin yeast infection and doesn’t develop fully into a hot spot, but still makes her miserable. You can bathe your dog in an apple cider vinegar solution (diluted 50:50 with water) to bring some relief. But its antimicrobial properties don’t necessarily work with all different types of bacteria – so it’s possible it will not be effective on what’s bothering your dog. And its sharp, sour smell will not be appealing to your pup – or you, either!

Effective, soothing alternative to apple cider vinegar

There’s another way to relieve dog hot spots and itchy skin: Banixx Pet Care. This gentle, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solution comes as a spray, cream and shampoo and has the following advantages:

  • It is odorless – your dog will not shy away from its smell
  • It doesn’t sting or burn, but is soothing to your dog’s skin
  • It contains no steroids, antibiotics or anything toxic
  • It can safely be used around your dog’s eyes, nose, mouth and ears

Most important of all, it is effective. Most dog hot spots or itchy skin issues disappear in just a couple of days, and topical relief is immediate.

Just spray it on your dog’s hot spot or skin infection, saturating the area and even massaging it into the skin. Make sure your dog doesn’t lick it off, as it’s more effective the longer it stays on the skin.

Apply Banixx 2-3 times a day, and don’t worry about using too much – you cannot overdose.

Home remedies like apple cider vinegar can potentially have healthful benefits – but when it comes to dog hot spots and itchy skin, Banixx is the superior, trusted solution that has worked for thousands of dog owners.

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