Every year in the spring, my dog Oscar suffers from Hot Spots (a type of rash that dogs can get). I applied the salves topically to his affected areas. He relaxed soon after I applied the salve, so I followed up for three days. I was happy to find the sores were significantly reduced and Oscar had stopped itching and chewing. Anytime he shows signs of itching and discomfort I immediately use the salve. In addition, his skin and fur has become very smooth.