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Canine Discoid Lupus / Collie Nose: An Effective Natural Treatment

Commonly known as “collie nose”, discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and canine discoid lupus is an auto-immune disease. Canine Discoid Lupus symptoms include an inflammatory skin response in dogs primarily involving the face and nose. DLE can be as simple as some discoloration and as serious as ulcerations. The condition has no cure but symptoms can be managed. The first sign of DLE is usually a loss of pigmentation around the dog’s nose. In some cases, the bridge of the nose, lips, skin around the eyes, ears and genitals may also be affected.

Breeds most affected

DLE is most often seen in Brittanys (that’s me), Collies, Shetland sheepdogs, German shepherds, German shorthaired pointers, and Siberian huskies. Females are at slightly more risk than are males. Although, DLE can be found in any breed. Dogs with DLE are often predisposed to squamous cell carcinoma.

Traditional Treatments

Exposure to direct sunlight exacerbates DLE. In some less severe cases, the only treatment needed is to keep the dog out of direct sunlight. Sunscreens without zinc oxide can help if the dog is going to be exposed to sunlight. Of course, we dogs can’t help but to lick the sunscreen off ourselves. Our brothers and sisters will help lick it off as well.

Please, only use sunscreen made for dogs, because the sunscreens made for people can contain ingredients (such as zinc oxide) that are poisonous to us if ingested. I use Hot Spot, which has an SPF between 4-9, depending on the product.

Topical corticosteroids are frequently used on the affected site. Severe cases of  canine discoid lupus may require the use of oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, or immunosuppressive medications such as azathioprine. Oral vitamin E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can help, but several months of treatment are needed with those supplements before any effect can be seen. Most cases see little positive effect using these traditional treatments.

Natural Treatment for Canine Discoid Lupus | Collie Nose | DLE

My human mom developed a treatment for me which has been a great success. The treatment is a topical application using Freckled Paws Hot Spot. Freckled Paws Hot Spot is not toxic if ingested and cleared up my lupus symptoms in a couple of days, unlike the months it can take to see results from vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and other treatments. The only problem is my little sister, Star, keeps licking my face when my mom applies Hot Spot. Fortunately, Hot Spot only needs about 30 seconds to achieve full effectiveness. Simply keep it from being licked off for 30 seconds after application.

Hi Jennifer,
I am seeing positive results! Most of the scabbing is gone, and the raw exposed area on his nose is shrinking more and more every day and healing nicely. I am very impressed with the effect Freckled Paws Hot Spot products have had on his symptoms. I am so pleased that it’s helping him. He has had this condition off and on for years, and it had just been getting worse and worse and worse, so I can’t thank you enough. I used the Hot Spot for a week or two, and now the Hot Spot Stick seems to be maintaining his healing process. He is getting better all the time. I think in a couple more weeks it will be completely healed up! I’m so glad to have found something that really works!

Thanks again,
Lindsay, Rufus, and the rest!

My mom used coconut oil with some success, prior to developing the more effective Hot Spot. Consequently, Hot Spot contains coconut oil. I used only non-hydrogenated, organic, expeller pressed coconut oil (this is an ingredient in Hot Spot). As with Hot Spot, coconut oil is safe to ingest, so I can’t get rid of my annoying little sister that way. There is scientific evidence coconut oil is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.

So, if you have canine discoid lupus, tell your human parents to try treating the condition with Freckled Paws Hot Spot. Hot Spot is all natural, safe and highly effective. Also, tell them to feed you a high quality food. We all eat Infinia, which is all natural and contains no by products and zero corn (I’m allergic, like most dogs, to corn). My mom bakes all our treats which you can purchase under our products tab. She also bakes us meatloafs made from wild game meat. Boy they are tasty!!! If you would like the meatloaf recipe, contact us, my mom will give it to you. Nothing beats disease conditions like a healthy diet.

Here’s to your health!

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  • Dr. George Wright April 19, 2011, 4:35 pm

    thanks for the great advise regarding DLE.

    • jen May 20, 2011, 6:23 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Let us know the results to see using this treatment.

  • John May 17, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the tips. We recently rescued a Yellow Lab from the pound, she’s really sweet, but her nose looks like she rubbed it raw.

    Thank’s to google, I found this article. The vet is recommending treating treatment for DLE… here’s hoping it works.

    • jen May 20, 2011, 6:22 am

      Let us know the results you achieve. We manage Nemo with no outbreaks since we started using the Emu Oil. We use it prophylactically now. Give the treatment a week or so to clear the condition. There is no danger to your lab if she licks the oil off her nose. Best to you and your furkid!

  • Destiny July 4, 2011, 10:41 am

    I can not wait to start Coconut oil on my German Shepard, Odin. Thank you so much for this helpful information!! He is currently on tetracycline and niacinamide, which he has been the past 3 years…I’ll post in a few weeks the results with the coconut oil!!

    • Jennifer April 9, 2013, 6:11 pm


      I was wondering what kind of results you got with coconut oil? We found a significant benefit to adding additional ingredients, coconut oil included, in our Hot Spot skin care line. We went through the same thing as you with tetracycline and niacinamide among other traditional treatments before developing our own solution. Nemo, our Brittney with lupus, hasn’t had a single outbreak of skin lesions in years, since we started him on our Hot Spot Paw & Muzzle products.
      Hopefully, Odin is doing much better!

  • Snafunk July 6, 2011, 6:39 pm

    This is great! We are using it on our Lab/Shorthaired pointer mix…I will post when we see some results!

  • tish rourke January 16, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Hello, My dog Kobe is nine year old Chow/Shephard mix and was diagnosed with Canine Discoid Lupus two years ago.
    I thought he had a sunburn on his nose, but it progressively worsened and wasn’t healing so I took him to our vet where he took one look at him and knew what it was. After a biopsy our worst fears were confirmed, Kobe had Lupus. I want to also add that I adopted Kobe 6mths old and we were living in Los Angeles where the temperature stays comfortable never to hot for the most part, however only when we moved to Modesto, located in the central valley of California where farming thrives in the hot to warm sunny weather did the Lupus surface.
    Prednisone has been the primary form of relief, however the side affects are not good, bloating, constantly drinking water, overly hungry, no energy, and his little personality is just not there.
    I have been searching for homeopathic remedies for this terrible disease.
    I have tried vitamin E, Colloidal Silver, along with numerous herbs to no avail.
    I ‘m so excited to try the Emu and coconut oils they sound promising and I will be back to let you know the results!
    Thanks for the info.
    Tish rourke

  • Josh January 24, 2012, 11:05 am

    I recently found out my White Great Dane has Lupus. So far the vet wanted me to use a topical treatment, but I have yet had any good results since it’s Mario wants to lick it and the vet mentioned that it would take 30-60 mins to absorb. This is major pain to say the least. How long does it take for the coconut oil/emu oil to absorb? any instructions would be appreciated!!

  • Glen Mulcahy April 17, 2012, 11:49 pm

    Thank God for Google and websites like this – thank you from the bottom of my heart! We live in Indonesia and I am always battling with unexplainable health problems both for myself and my animals. I adopted Kwin about a year ago to keep Gidgi company. She is now coming up to 2 years old. I was told that she was rescued from pig hunters. Kwin and her sisters were found shut in a box. There is a belief that the female (animal) is of no use! She looks like a mix of German shepherd, Doberman, Greyhound and Australian Blue Heeler (smile). Although she is very sweet I decided that she should wear a muzzle if off the lead outside the garden. Shortly after I noticed she had a scrape on her nose so I stopped using the muzzle immediately. This was about three months ago. Since then I have had the vet check her nose at least three or four times and she could only suggested Vitamin E and the latest – anti fungal. No change!! Then in desperation I got googling(smile). Hey presto! Kwin’s nose is exactly the same as the pictures of dogs with Lupus(DLE). I doubt they have the test here so I need to try treatments that won’t hurt. I had already worked out that the sun was not helping. I have now been putting on a topical corticosteroid which has helped. I will now try the coconut oil as I doubt very much I will be able to get Emu oil here. When you say ‘corn’ are you talking about cereals or sweet corn? I give my dogs some commercially produced biscuit in addition to food I make myself. Thank you again, I will keep you posted. Keep up the good work!

    • jen June 1, 2012, 6:43 am


      How is Kwin’s nose coming along? You can order Hot Spot Oil from our website. The best plan is to get it under control with the oil and then switch to Hot Spot Chapstick or Cream for maintenance. Hot Spot Oil works better than coconut oil alone but use what you can find. Coconut Oil does work and is an ingredient in Hot Spot. It simply works better when combined with our other ingredients.

      Most dogs are allergic to grains. Not all to the same severity. Most Vets will say skin problems are the result of flea allergies etc. but rarely related to diet. A very high percentage of these skin problems can be fixed with a change of diet, though. Look at the ingredients on the back of your dog food/treats. Many have some form of corn as the first ingredient, which means it is the largest quantity. Many top foods are moving to grain free foods as consumers become better educated. We only use food with whole meat (not rendered meat), whole vegetables and whole fruits. Dogs are not strictly carnivores, they are omnivores, which means they have a varied diet. Let your dog loose in a vegetable garden or among berry bushes and watch them go to town. You may have to show them what part to eat but once they get the hang of it you will not be able to keep them out. It is a race around our house for ripe raspberries. Several of my dogs even know how to dig and eat root crops like carrots. Keep them away from nightshades like potatoes, though.

      Again, sorry for not responding more quickly. If you have any further questions I promise to get back to you in a timely fashion.


  • Chris Henning April 28, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    We adopted a sweet dog from a rescue almost a month ago. She looks like a goldie, collie, spaniel mix. We have had her to the vet a few times now for skin issues, the last visit I mentioned her dry nose and the vet said that she might have discoid lupus. She isn’t quite two yet. But, her nose certainly looks like many of the dog photos with discoid lupus. I’ve been putting coconut oil on her nose but not as consistently as I should. I give it to her more as a treat because she just loves it. Thank you for the wonderful article. I will indeed order some emu oil and coupled with the coconut oil maybe it will prevent it from getting any worse. You mention that there are chapsticks with coconut oil and sunscreen. Can you recommend a brand that is safe for dogs?
    Thanks again for the great article.
    Chris Henning

  • Chris Henning May 2, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Thanks so much for your response. I can’t find the sunscreen you listed, may not make it anywhere. Do you have an alternate sunscreen you can recommend that is safe for my dogs nose. I notice her nose gets dry/cracked if I don’t keep something on it. I’ll order the chapsticks but would like a sunscreen.
    Thank you!

    • jen June 1, 2012, 6:15 am


      Sorry for the delayed response. You can order the chapstick from us with sunscreen, simply send an email in addition to the order stating you want sunscreen. The price is the same.


  • Chris Henning June 11, 2012, 6:48 pm

    I don’t see a link for the chapstick. I would like to order but not sure how to go about it.

  • Glen Mulcahy July 25, 2012, 12:52 am

    Hi Jen,

    Thank you once again for this great website. Please do not worry about ‘not responding more quickly’^_^. I am only now getting back to you as I lost the name of your site – silly me. Anyway, the coconut oil is working. I coat the hair above her nose so that it runs down to the nose tip where the problem is. That way she has a ready supply to lick off^_^. I also put on before I give her her food or rawhide chews or beef bones so that she is busy eating and the oil gets a bit of a chance to soak in. I also use Levertran (codliver oil salve) that also helps. I have also read that Sulfur (30X) 2 tablets twice daily for a week can work woonders. Have you had any experience with this? I will get back to you for an order for emu oil.
    Yes, Gidgee (part Lab) loves her food and she is gradually educating Kwin. When I listed for my niece the foods they eat it was quite long. I do chicken heads, feet and liver, carrot, sweet potato, potato and tofu with a little biscuit for most meals along with other veg and fruit but not so regularly such as: cauliflower, beans, cabbage, apple, mango, pear, banana and papaya. They of course love (but get very little of )cheese and bread (homemade) with vegemite (concentrated yeast extract). Yes, the biscuit I have for them does indeed have whole grain corn as the first ingredient. I will now cut that out and see what I can make myself. I have also read that soya is not good for dogs, is this true?
    Many thanks to you and the other people who write in.

  • Jan August 16, 2012, 1:57 am

    Organic coconut oil….the kind you buy at a health food store. Please do try it…it does wonders for animals and humans alike.

  • Toni September 24, 2012, 4:51 pm

    Hey There-
    Our dog was recently diagnosed with DLE and prescribed a steroid. He has loss of hair and outbreaks of DLE on his noes, around his eyes, ears, and groin area. Can Emu Oil be used for all of those areas? His noes and eyes are by far the most affected areas.

    • jen December 27, 2012, 12:53 pm


      Sorry for the delay in responding. I have not been getting email notifications when new comments are left and with the size of this website, it is hard to check each page. Our product can be used for those areas and will heal them in a few days to a week or so. The Eyes, nose and groin areas are the most affected. Once a week treatment with the oil or a couple times a week with the chap stick will keep any new outbreaks.

  • alex wilson November 21, 2012, 7:19 pm

    My spanial/pom mix was diagnosed today. I do NOT want to do steroids if I can help it. Wrigley licks every single thing if his nose. How do I get past this with your product?

    • jen December 27, 2012, 12:44 pm


      The Hot Spot is completely safe to ingest. It only takes about 30 seconds for the active ingredients to permeate the skin. Just keep them from licking for 30 seconds and you are good to go. The skin will still be moist and oily but the product will work.

  • Rene Kittles December 20, 2012, 9:16 am

    I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming and I have been repeatedly told my dogs’ lupus (collie noses) were from the sun. Bull. I am from Florida and never had experience with it before. Lots more sun exposure there. I believe it is from chemical contaminates in the air, soil, or water because since I have been here my animals and I have all had odd tumors, etc. Regardless, I have been told there is no cure for the lupus. One dog has a severe crusted and sensitive nose. When it started I thought is was dirt because he always covered his feces with dirt pushing it with his nose, but it progressed. Steroids are very dangerous, and I am more inclined to natural remedies. I have a heel softener called “blue goo Cracked Heel Skin Softener”. It worked in one day on my feet that were as hard as cement. It contains Emu oil, lecithin, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, lanolin, Beeswax (cera alba), Papian (papaya enzyme), BHA, BHT, and fragrance. I put on Bogies’nose that was very raised and hard, and by morning it was much less pronounced and soft. But it was very sensitive to my touch. I am going tyo continue for awhile to see how it goes. My blue goo came in a small jar, .5 oz. I have had it forever without using it and do not remember where I got it.

    • jen December 27, 2012, 12:40 pm


      Sorry about not answering. Somehow my email notifications for new comments was not active. As far as the sun goes, the skin irritations from canine discoid lupus are exacerbated by sunlight. If your dog actually had lupus it would be wise to use sunscreen when the dog is outside. The sun doesn’t cause it, though. I’m glad you found something that is working.

  • Rene Kittles December 20, 2012, 11:02 am

    Boogie doesn’t have lupus, but has hyperkeratosis. Searched for photos matching his nose because his progression did not match lupus photos. Found site dogware.com and on Noses and Toes Gone Wrong there was the beginning of the progression on another dog’s nose. The beginning looked like the lupus photos, so I can’t falt the vet diagnosis too much.

  • Rene Kittles December 20, 2012, 11:37 am

    Here are the exact photos of poor Boogie’s nose. Site called naturaldogcompany.com, page of natural dog snout soother “before and after” photos. It’s worth checking for your dog’s noses. ‘His nose started mild but turned into this. I need to know if it is contagious or infectious. He is very affectionate and always wants to love on my other animals. When I stop him he is so upset and his stare is of anger and sadness that I won’t let him lick the others. I hate to hurt his feelings, and there is no mistake that he is angry and sad.

  • Chris December 20, 2012, 12:10 pm

    My understanding is that Hyperkeratosis is actually severe dry skin and is not contagious so your should be able to continue to love on everyone. My son, my daughter and I have hyperkeratosis and it is just a form of severe dry skin, we just use thick lotion and it gets slightly better. But, that’s sad your pooch is sad but he can’t give anyone severe dry skin.

  • Rene Kittles December 24, 2012, 8:27 am

    Thanks for the acknolwledgment, Chris. I really feel that the condition described as hyperkeratosis on “snout soother” and that looks like what Boogie has is more than dry skin. Possibly there are variations of the condition. Boogie’s nose started as discoloration and advanced to cracks and sores. Then it started to become crusty and the crust kept growning, and growing. It had sores underneath and still is sensitive to touch. Oh, but such good news. I have continued the “blue goo”ointment and his nose is almost back to normal! I can’t believe it. I tried so many things, even triple antibiotic ointment and nothing helped him. Since both triple antibiotic ointment and blue goo are ointments that would moisturize and soften if it were only dryness, his condition couldn’t be only dryness. If you visit snout soother and go the most severe case and multiply that by two you will get an idea of Boogie’s nose. Really terrifyingly contageous looking when you take into consideration the underlying sores and how quickly it progressed. I do not know what is helping him in the blue goo oinment, but since this site shows that emu oil helps too, it certainly lends to that. But the ointment in Snot Soother doesn’t have emu oil but other ingredients, and it clearly works wonders too. Snout Soother also has a case of lupus on a dog’s nose with photos and it worked for that dog too. Thanks to all who have contributed to the effective and natural cures available.

  • Rene Kittles December 24, 2012, 8:34 am

    To Alex Wilson–I forgot to relay that Boogie licks his ointment off too. I just try to have him keep it on as long as possible and it still has been a miracle. Nothing in it to harm him. Soon he will be able to be the nurturer he is driven to be, licking everyone’s real and imagined flaws.

  • Kimberley Robinson January 22, 2013, 1:22 pm

    My dog Morgan (a light colored german shepherd/shiba inu mix) has collie nose and the steroids and treatments didn’t work for her, so I am looking into alternative treatments. After reading through your site I saw both Emu Oil and The Hot Spot products work for most people commenting on DLE or Collie Nose and I would like to give it a try. My question is (and I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this somewhere, I couldn’t find an answer): Are they the same product? If not, in your opinion, which would work best for eyes, nose, and ears? Her nose is the worst, but within the last 2 weeks her eye has gotten much worse. Always scabby, flaky, and losing hair. I try to keep it clean and moist, but it doesn’t seem to be getting better. She is constantly licking everything off of her nose, and always rubbing her face on the couch or scratching her nose with her paws. I’ve never had a dog with collie nose and I feel kind of lost. So any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so muh in advance!

    • jen January 31, 2013, 3:06 pm


      The products are not the same. We are in the process of private labeling our proprietary blend that includes emu oil among other natural oils and ingredients.

      Order the Hot Spot Oil. It will clear the skin in about a week. The chap stick is more economical for maintenance once you have it under control. The product is safe for them to ingest. It is all natural. Just keep her from licking it off for about 30 seconds and apply about 3 times per day until the area heals, then once or twice a week to keep the skin clear.

      Hot Spot works on all kinds of skin problems as well. You will be very happy with the results and Morgan will be thrilled she is no longer in pain or distress.



  • Noelle February 14, 2013, 7:58 pm

    My aussie has DLE. Steroids help reduce the major flare ups, but neither the vet nor I want Sassy taking those. She has been taking Doxyclycline everyday for years to help ensure the lupus doesn’t spread to other places besides her poor, scabby, bloody, split nose. I’ve never paid more than $10 for about a 2-3 month supply. Today – I went to pick up a refill. I nearly passed out. $399 . Yes – you are reading that correctly – the price went up 400% in one month. Checking the web, it appears in January the FDA declared a “shortage” of the product. I don’t know what else to try. She gets vitamin E pills in her food, and I cut one open and spread on her nose twice daily – which she fights me on everytime because she hates having her sore little nose touched – and then licks it off immediately. Which of your products do you recommend for immediate treatment? The Hot Spot, the emu oil, a separate coconut oil? I try to put sunscreen on her nose in the summer – but she hates that as well and runs from me as soon as she sees me with the container or she can sense I’m ready to put something on her nose. I’m desperate. I certainly can’t afford $400 for rx meds. I already spend hundreds on Sassy’s brother, Bear (red heeler) who was born with 3 heart defects, and my diabetic kitty who gets insulin shots twice daily (yes – 3 out of my 4 children are special needs – I seem to attract them).

    Thank you for your help and insight.

    Best wishes – Sassy and Noelle

    • jen February 14, 2013, 8:27 pm


      We understand your frustration. Hot Spot will clear her skin in a matter of days. It is far…far more effective then Vitamin E. Start with the Hot Spot Oil or Cream. They both have natural sunscreen, emu oil, coconut oil and a few other natural healing ingredients. Keep Sassy from licking it off for at least 30 seconds after application. After 30 seconds it is fine for her to lick it off. Treat her effected skin twice a day until healed. Now, when I say healed, keep in mind, the pigmentation may never fully return but the skin will heal. There will be no more scabs, lesions etc.

      Once healed, you can maintain skin health with a couple of applications per week. Some people like to switch to the Hot Spot Stick for maintenance. The stick is probably a little more cost effective over time. Make sure and give an application any time Sassy is going to spend any significant time in sunlight. If she seems especially sensitive to sunlight, I would go with the cream, as the sunscreen SPF is higher then the oil. If the sun doesn’t seem to overly bother her, use the oil. You only need a small amount each application. Simply make sure the effected skin is covered and rub in slightly.

      Our Brittney, Nemo, has been symptom free for years using these products exactly as I have explained. We have numerous clients who have witnessed the same results. We just finished getting our own labeling and manufacturing and are set to roll Hot Spot out Nationwide. So, hopefully, once you get Sassy’s DLE under control with Hot Spot, you will be able to get refills at your local pet store. Our goal is to keep the price as low as possible because we have gone down this road to help the furkids get some relief. Somehow we really “got lucky” finding this formula. Then we became friends with a chemical engineer who was a dog lover and help refine the product to where it is today. It is truly amazing how doors have opened and things have worked out without a single road block in our way. My wife has been a dog advocate for over 30 years and she is so happy to have a natural product that actually stops the skin symptoms of DLE dead in it’s tracks.

      Please send us some before and after photos/videos of Sassy’s progress. Hot Spot will work within a couple of weeks, max, and her suffering will be over. You can always send us an email through our Contact Form and we would be happy to discuss any questions you might have over the phone.

      Best to you Noelle,

      Bob & Jennifer

    • Tammy August 19, 2013, 8:52 am

      Hi noelle,
      I am having the same problem with getting the doxycycline for my Shepard/lab mix with severe discoid lupus of the nose! I can’t get the medication anywhere due to a shortage! What did you do for your dog? Did anything happen off the medication? No vet wants to tell me what will happen off the medication!! They just keep pushing prednisone which I don’t want to do he is a little aggressive as it is and I have small kids at home!! Any advise would mean the world to me!! Tammy

      • Bob Sherman August 19, 2013, 9:15 am


        I don’t know if Noelle still checks in here. She wrote this in February. You are not going to get doxycycline unless you pay a huge amount of money and even then I doubt you can get it for veterinary use.
        Have you tried our Hot Spot? We don’t give our dog any medication, haven’t for years and he is fine. Your dog cannot stay on an antibiotic forever (doxycycline) and prednisone will shorten life expectation and doesn’t work either. The only other thing vets use is vitamin E and that doesn’t work.
        My wife works for a vet and doxycycline was a replacement protocol for tetracycline which is made anymore. Then prednisone became the drug of choice. None of them work. Ask around the Internet from the thousands of frustrated furparents that have tried all these drugs without success.
        Our Hot Spot Oil has healed thousands of furkids all over the world and once the lesions are healed there is no need for antibiotics. The lupus has no cure but at least the worst symptom is gone.

        • Wendy September 17, 2013, 7:29 am

          Can I use hotspot on my shepherds ears? His irritation has spread from his nose (which doesn’t get as bad as it used to) to red inflamed ears and itchy swollen paws.

          • Bob Sherman September 17, 2013, 7:39 am

            Sure, some people have used it successfully on ear infections, so don’t worry if you get it inside his ear. Are you applying 3-4 times a day? If you are using Hot Spot his nose should be healed.


  • Joanne Denomme February 28, 2013, 11:21 am

    I have a five year old Brittany. She developed Collie Nose three weeks ago. It is not healing with any of the traditional therapies through the vet. Including several shots of cortisone, she is still on prednisone and an antibiotic. The vet said he had another case like hers that did not heal and they injected the cortisone directly into the nose. I am going to do everything in my power to not allow that to happen. I start getting weepy thinking of how painful that will be on her. I am going to try to order the products as listed above, but I want to run to the health food store while I am waiting for my mail shipment and get something until then. Should I get plain old coconut oil? She has a recheck on Tuesday at the vet. I won’t let them inject her till I try this regime. Thank you so much.

  • Chris Henning February 28, 2013, 6:37 pm

    Hi Joanne,
    I’m not a vet but if the other cortisone shots didn’t help I would absolutely not let the vet put a shot in my dogs nose. Think of the other damage that could happen from the shot, the nose is so delicate.
    If your vet pushes the issue I would find another vet. Your your pets parent and you ultimately make the decision.
    The coconut oil absolutely helped. I would put it on right before you feed her so that it has time to sink in before she licks it all off.
    I purchased the Chapstick from freckled paws and it is helping even more, plus I love that it has sunscreen. I hope your pooch starts feeling better soon. I bought organic coconut oil at trader joes for a good price.
    Good luck.
    Chris Henning

  • Kati April 14, 2013, 3:38 am

    My puppy is starting to show signs of this. Did your mum put the coconut oil in your food or on your nose? We have some from supermarket but ti’s not an oil it’s kind of solid in a jar.

    Also we are in the UK is there a UK distributor of your product


    JJ (collie) & Mum Kati x

    • Bob Sherman April 14, 2013, 5:22 am


      We ship to the UK. In fact, we ship quite a lot of product to the UK. The coconut oil is a solid at room temperature. Once added to the skin, it will turn to an oil. You want to make sure and use organic, expeller pressed coconut oil. It wouldn’t hurt to add some to the food but use it topically as well. Dab some on the affected skin 2-3 times a day.

      Coconut oil doesn’t work as well by itself, as the other active ingredient doesn’t work as well alone either. It is the combination of the two together that really does the trick.

      You can order from our website. I saw you were having an issue with the order timing out. We had a major attempted attack yesterday but everything should be working fine now and nothing was compromised. Let us know if you continue having problems ordering from the website.


    • Jenny Partridge August 16, 2013, 12:33 am

      It goes solid due to the temperature…. In the islands its runny

  • janellehitz@yahoo.com June 22, 2013, 6:39 pm

    Has anyone had success in the hair regrowing on the affected areas after the skin has been treated and healed with the products?

  • Carley August 16, 2013, 7:20 am

    My poor little girl Roxy (rot tie cross) looks as though she may have lupus her nose and ears are so sore however roxys nose is split open and sore from a biopsy a few days ago is the treatment safe to use on open wounds?


    • Bob Sherman August 16, 2013, 7:28 am


      It is completely safe to use on open lesions. In fact, in our directions, we recommend you clean the lesions and remove all the scabbing you can to open the sores up. They heal much better and faster when open.

      Hope that answers your questions. Regardless of whether the sores are the result of lupus or not, Hot Spot will heal them. I wouldn’t wait on biopsy results to start treatment and the steroid and other topical treatments commonly used don’t work and lead to longer suffering and increasing frustration.



  • Donia November 2, 2013, 5:16 pm

    I have a dog that has a pretty bad case of DLE. We are ready to have the dog put to sleep. The dogs condition is far worse than any of the others. Its all over her face and lips are swollen. Inside of legs are raw. I want to try your product if you might think its not to late for my dog.

    • Bob Sherman November 4, 2013, 8:59 am

      It is worth a try. We have had dogs that needed veins cauterized to stop the bleeding. Keep in mind it will take a month or so to heal a dog this bad but you should start to see positive results quickly. The key is to follow instructions. The failures we see are when people don’t follow our instructions. You can change to a grain free diet today and get some virgin coconut oil to use in place of our Hot Spot until it arrives. That will help slow the lesions down and get them under control.

  • Melissa November 15, 2013, 11:41 am

    Hi, I just received Hot Spot in the mail and I am on day 2 with my dog who has Lupus. He has been on Niacinimide, Doxycycline and a Steroid and takes all three meds twice a day every single day. I have been to every pharmacy I can think of and I can’t seem to get the Doxycycline for under $200 all of a sudden (I was paying about $30 per month). Needless to say, I am desperate to find another solution. I have searched all over the internet and to be honest, I can’t seem to find many people whose dogs have Lupus. I feel like it’s so rare! I really hope Hot Spot works. Does anyone else who has a dog with Lupus notice him/her being really itchy all over? My dog is constantly itching his nose, face, and just all over his whol body. Is this related to the Lupus? I can’t find anything about it anywhere. I don’t think the Hot Spot will work for all over itchiness so I’m looking for something to help him with that too. Any suggestions? Maybe it has nothing to do with Lupus but maybe allergies? So hard to know these things…

    • Bob Sherman November 16, 2013, 12:40 am

      Not likely related to lupus. Lupus is not that uncommon but there is know cure and nothing that will even heal the lesion except our Hot Spot. That is why people are so frustrated. Have you changed your dog to a “Grain Free” diet? You really need to read and follow the instructions on the website. Dogs with lupus need a grain free diet. They also need limited exposure to the sun and if they are going to be in the sun, treat them with Hot Spot before hand. Also, it is very important to wash the effected areas with warm/hot water prior to adding Hot Spot. We will be posting what your dog should look like and what they shouldn’t look like this weekend.

      We have found that most all failures are due to people not following the directions. The body wide itchiness is likely a food allergy or an allergy to something else but isn’t part of the lupus.


      • Melissa November 19, 2013, 8:26 am

        Thank you Bob! Can you believe I’ve brought the itchiness up to my vet before and he never mentioned anything about a grain free diet? I am definitely going to try that. You are awesome! Also, I’ve been using Hot Spot around my dogs nose and eyes for about 6 days now both day and night and I swear I can already notice a slight improvement. I can’t thank you enough for this and I hope it continues! Since this seems to be working, I plan on ordering the ear rinse for one of my other dogs since he always has ear infections. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your website!!!

        • Ben December 2, 2013, 6:34 pm

          I have a ten year old german shepherd mix. I live in New Mexico, where it is very dry, sunny, and cold in the winter-high elevation, high uv content of sun.
          He used to itch a lot, starting as a pup. I found that it was definitely diet dependent. If he ate certain dog foods, he would itch, immediately. He would itch more in the summer too. I too, took corn out of his diet, with sucecess. He is currently on a grain free diet ( that wild one, i forget teh name now-oops, I have been away, but I usually now that sort of thing.) Anyway, he did well on a lambrice. no corn diet ( product is called Lamaderm) for a long time, with no itching. I mean years. This is how I know that he would itch immediately, after eating the wrong dog food, because he wouldn’t it, and then he would, if exposed, then not tich again, when on Lamaderm.But when his lupus came on, notceably about two years ago, I decided to experiment with a grain free diet. He does not seem to itch on that either. HOwever, the grain free diet, does not seem to help his lupus. So far, nothing has. Well, the niacinamide seems to keep it in check- it doesnt progress fast, but it definitely is not receding. I do not want to put him on steroids. I am very concerned about it proceeding to cancer. Will any vet out there, comment on this? Bob?
          My sense is that he was an allergic dog to start with- and the kibble may have caused the allergy. I personally feel that being susceptible to allergy does indeed predispose a dog, my dog, to autoimmune issues. That is my opinion. I will try the freckly paw hot spot now, of course. Wish us Luck! You too!

          • Bob Sherman December 2, 2013, 7:03 pm

            Ben & Melissa,

            My wife, Jennifer, has worked with dogs for 30+ years, many of those with veterinarians. recently there has been a huge increase in the number of auto-immune diseases and diabetes, among others. Our environment probably has some effect on these increases as does our current vaccination schedules. It is our belief that diet plays a much larger role than many suspect, though.

            It is really amazing the number of health issues that can be treated/controlled with diet.

            We know, from experience that outcomes with our current lupus clients are far better if the people take our advise and change to a “grain free” diet. Our Hot Spot does not cure lupus but it will heal the most visible and arguably worst symptom of canine lupus, the skin lesions. The failures we have had are mostly due to people not following the directions.

            Many of our clients stay in regular contact and send us photos of their furkid’s progress. We try and get as much information as we can with these communications, as we are learning from them all the time. New things pop up and we make suggestions. This treatment works best when our clients and ourselves work as a team. My wife and I are both medically trained and we have a freindship with a local person who co-authored one of the best books on herbs for treating pet ailments called “Herbs for Pets”.

            We feel blessed that we have a product that really does help people and their furkids. The stories are so uplifting. Especially, when coming from people who have been frustrated for years trying to find an answer.

            We are working on a new post about the “Grain Free” diet and it’s relationship to lupus symptoms. We are also working on a post about auto-immune disease in dogs.

            Ben, I would stay away from steroids. I think once you get a month into treatment with Hot Spot, you will be dropping most all other medications. Keep in mind things that can cause break out symptoms such as sun exposure, grains, stress among others. Keep a close eye on the affected areas and return to full treatments if a break out occurs. Try to find what caused the break out and eliminate it from the dog’s life.

            Lastly, consider adding an immune support supplement. We carry MycoTriplex made by the author mentioned previously. We are working on our own formula as well. If you like, send us photos of the dog now and keep a record by taking a photo each day. Ask us any questions you have. We can be reached directly through email with our names @freckledpaws.com. That would be bob @ or jen @. We are here to help and will do anything in our power to get your furkid healed.


          • Bob Sherman December 11, 2013, 7:09 pm


            I must be honest with you and tell you we have not looked into the mechanism involved in DLE or the niacinamide mechanism of action.

            A little background on my wife and myself. My wife, Jen, has worked with animals and especially dogs for 30+ years. She has worked in most capacities from veterinary clinic front desk clerk to Executive Director of a large animal shelter. She also worked directly for Dr. John Upledger, a founder of Craniosacral Therapy.

            I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist who worked Trauma/Burn in a major University Regional emergency unit. I also worked in the financial sector for many years.

            The point is both of us are capable and understand what you are asking. The way these products came to market have left us little time to study the disease to the extent we need to eventually. We simply had a dog with DLE and were completely frustrated with all the treatment options we were given, even among herbalists etc. Whether you believe in fate or not what happened next is hard to explain without taking into account, maybe this is what we were meant to do. The blend of oils we were using was a complete accident. I was using some products, my wife others and the dog’s skin lesions healed, for the first time since they first came on. We each told one another about our discovery, only to find neither of us had the answer but collectively we might have.

            We began testing on other dogs and the results were astounding. We developed a treatment technique, from my days in emergency medicine. We had a Chemical Engineer develop the product so it would emulsify and remain mixed without damaging any of the unknown healing agents we were dealing with. The first fear was not to apply too much heat yet still achieve complete mixing of the oils. One this was completed, we began selling off our website. Sales have grown every month with zero advertising.

            The Internet is great if you have a product that works but punishing if the product doesn’t work. Our sales increases are directly tied to the increase of success stories in forums…chat rooms and social media outlets. Now, we can barely keep up with taking care of our daycare/boarding facility while manufacturing and shipping product in ever increasing numbers.

            Customer service is extremely important to us. We try to ship each order the day it is received, if at all possible. We have had to learn International trade on the fly, which isn’t easy. We are interested in the healing of our clients dogs, though. That is still number one in our minds. We encourage continuing communication with the owners. We want them to send photos, ask questions and become active participants in the care of their furkid. We don’t have all the answers as wee are learning with each new case ourselves. We had a call last week about a healed dog experiencing a “Breakout” and the person thought they got a bad batch of Oil. After conversing a while it comes out their other dog passes just a week prior. Problem solved. The three main reasons for symptoms to exacerbate are:

            1. Stress
            2. Grains in the diet
            3. Excessive sunlight exposure (without Hot Spot applied)

            Symptom breakouts can and do occur. If and when they do simply return to 3-4 treatments per day until healed and then drop back to 1-2 treatments per week.

            I wish I had a better answer to your actual question but I don’t. I know Hot Spot heals lupus skin lesions in dogs when application instructions are followed exactly. The things that stood out to me in you treatments, so far are:

            • Use the Oil for initial healing
            • Dab hot water on the affected area before each treatment. You don’t have to rub it but do it. You must get any scabbing off, over time, and that is the best way to soften and eventually get rid of any scabs. Then you are treating the skin and not scabs.
            • Rub Oil in the best the dog will tolerate. Spray on your finger and apply with finger. If Oil in bottle gets solid, run capped bottle under hot water for a minute and it will return to Oil. Once it stops pump spraying, take cap off and use a Q-Tip to get remaining Oil out. There will be a surprising amount still in bottle.
            • You didn’t mention feeding grain free dog food and treats. Many people blow right by this but it is important. Lupus dogs have allergies to grains and the grains cause symptoms to exacerbate and blow up.
            • The Stick is for convenience and is harder to lick off. If your dog is going to be exposed to the sun for an extended period, the Stick is a good choice. If you hike with your dog, the Stick is easy to carry around. It is best used as a maintenance treatment on a dog that is already healed.
            • Send us progress photos stating exactly how you are treating. Try to get good close up photos of the lesions. Try and keep track of what number day since you began treating. We are happy to review and give any thoughts we may have.

            Ben, thanks for asking the questions and I’ll try and find the time to look into the mechanisms you asked about. Obviously, the more we educate ourselves about the disease we are dealing with the better off we’ll be. So far, we have simply been consumed with maintaining consistent quality in our manufacturing, which we do ourselves…micro-managing, LOL and getting shipments off the day they are received. You have our interest, now, so send some photos to show us where you are currently in your progress.



  • Dusty and Oreo March 12, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Hello there,
    My poor Aussie/Eskimo Oreo has been diagnosed with this form of lupus and her little nose just breaks my heart. Her vet has her on a topical treatment of betamethasone 1% twice daily and she is now fighting me to apply it.. It looks to be that it is working, then the next day, her nose looks bad again. Her nose is scabby and I am sure very sore..I am desperate to find something that will help her. I have read through most of the comments here and would like to try some of your product. What would you recommend we try first? Thank you so much.

    Dusty and Oreo

    • Bob Sherman March 12, 2014, 4:48 pm

      Buy the Hot Spot Oil. It is called Freckled Paws Hot Spot and is right below the Lupus Kit on the drop down menu. I would get the 2 oz as 1 oz probably wouldn’t be enough to get it healed from your description. The Kit has everything you need to heal the areas and maintain the skin health for quite a while. You must keep treating even after the lesions have healed or they will come back. You can drop from 3-4 times per day during the healing process to 1-2 times per week but don’t completely stop treating.
      Change her food to a “Grain Free” food. Almost all lupus dogs (all dogs, for that matter) have grain allergies. These allergies will cause the skin lesions to flair up. Limit sun exposure as well. If she is going to be in the sun, put some Hot Spot on her nose. The Stick works best for sun protection because it is much harder for them to lick off.
      If you just want to try it to see if it works, buy the Hot Spot Oil. Otherwise, buy the Kit and you’ll save some money and have enough product to last for a long time. We are always available to answer questions.

  • Hannah Daley September 3, 2014, 7:47 pm

    We have used almost all of the Hot Spot Paw and Muzzle oil on our 2 yr old lab. The oil is having no affect at all. We applied as directed 3 times a day. We don’t want to put her back on antibiotics for the rest of her life. Any advice?

    • Bob Sherman September 4, 2014, 11:50 am

      It would help us if you could send some photos of your lab. Also, is the dog taking anything else? Are you feeding a grain free dog food and treats? Are you doing a wet compress prior to each treatment?
      There isn’t enough information to offer much help, yet. My first advise would be to email me some photos…you can use the Contact page on the website. Also, stop any supplements and anything else you might be giving other than food and water. Things can be added later if you like. These dogs have many, many allergies. The only way to really isolate what is happening is to stop everything except the essentials (food & water), and the food needs to be a high quality, grain free food, as they are allergic to grains about 100% of the time.
      We’ll get it figured out and get your dog healed.

      • Hannah Daley September 5, 2014, 9:59 am

        I saw no way to attach a picture via the contact form so here are some shots from our webpage. The first picture is from May 18, the second is from August 6. Her nose looks the same now. We did wet compresses before treatment and she is on grain free diet including treats. We stopped the antibiotic and the niacin pills when we started your treatment. She gets no other supplements. When we got her we immediately started using sunscreen on her nose. Her nose started to darken a little bit. We started your treatment on July28. As a side note the cream turned to liquid with yellow clumps in it before we could use it.


  • Phillip November 5, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong but I’ve tried the Emu Oil, chapstick and balm but my boys nose is still an open sore about the size of a small button.

    I have him on 1200 IUE of Vitamin E a day (800 PM-400AM), Niacinamide 500Mg 2X a day, Fish oil 800 Mg 2X a day and it just won’t heal.

    I feed him a combination of Orijen 6 Fish and Orijen Chicken and it doesn’t seem to help. I just switched him to Merrick Buffalo all grain free and I’m not seeing a positive results.

    About 2 years ago I had him on Canidae Beef & Salmon Meal and within a few weeks his nose was turning black again and the sores diminished better than ever. I can’t my hands on this food locally anymore so it makes it hard.

    Also within the last month he’s been cracking nails similar to SLO so the Vet has him on Doxycycline 200 Mg 3X a day.

    I feel like I’ve tried everything and nothing wants to help my boys nose……

    • Bob Sherman November 6, 2014, 11:32 am


      We tried absolutely everything as well. That is why we developed Freckled Paws Hot Spot. We recommend stopping ALL additional products when using our product. Feed a grain free diet, including treats and use Freckled Paws Hot Spot as directed. Emu Oil doesn’t work, neither does Vitamin E, Fish Oil or antibiotics. Different dogs and cases take different times to heal…some heal in days but a couple of months is more the norm.


  • Glen Mulcahy November 22, 2014, 11:55 am

    Hi Jen,
    Just an update: I posted a ‘thank you’ regarding my dog Kwin back in April 2012. We now live in England and her nose has completely healed thanks to you and your website. I know that come the summer I have to be careful with her and the sun; only out until 9am and after 4pm. I have continued to give Kwin and Gidgee a mixed diet. They love their veg and both have had fun this year picking their own blackberries; they also love the English apples and pears. I’m sure cutting the corn out of her diet also helped.
    Once again thank you so much for your advice.
    Best regards,
    Glen, Kwin and Gidgee.^_^.

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