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witch hazel on dogs
Anon_236640 posted:
My dog has some sore spots from itching them. She has no fleas but may be allergic to something she came in contact with. My friend who works at a Vet's office told me to try Witch Hazel before taking her to the Vet to see if it clears it up. I am fearful of using over the counter Witch Hazel because of the alcohol content, in that it will dry out her skin too much like peroxide can. Any thoughts about it anyone?
Will Draper, DVM responded:
You are right to have reservations- it is best to have a veterinarian examine your pet's skin before putting OTC solutions like Witch Hazel on open wounds. Follow your gut- call your vet. Best of luck to you.
Dr. Will


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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