Mercaptobenzothiazole is the active ingredient in some topical skin medications for dogs. It's an agent that treats areas of acute moist dermatitis -- commonly known as "hot spots," and it treats minor cuts and scrapes.
Mercaptobenzothiazole for Pups
Hot spots are self-inflicted skin lesions caused by excessive scratching or repeated licking and biting. A variety of behaviors can set them off -- something as simple as an itch or as grave as a bacterial or fungal infection -- so it is important to see a veterinarian for diagnosis before beginning any treatment. An ointment or cream with mercaptobenzothiazole will help dry the area, and reduce redness and swelling. Some humans show a slight allergic reaction to this medication, so use gloves when you're applying it to Fido.
Working with both small animals and exotics, Pamela Meadors has devoted more than 15 years to the veterinary field. She possesses a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and is the proud mom of a blind hedgehog.