Does your dog itch and scratch non-stop? It’s not natural for your dog to keep on itching. When you see him scratching, you know that they have problems. No matter what you do to fix this problem including baths, changing the food and other remedies, they have itchy skin and it won’t stop.
You buy everything at the store, and still, you have this question, how can I help my dog from itching? You can use items that are rich in Vitamin E, Yogurt, Herbal tea, Oatmeal, Epsom salt bath and Primrose oil as discussed in more detail below.
And let me tell you, itching can be painful for the dog. It can lead to non-stop licking of paws and pain and open wounds. So you’re probably asking yourself, “Why does my dog keep scratching?” Great, you’ve come to the right place. I’m not a vet, so make sure you consult with your vet if the situation is extreme.
But, these 15 homeopathic remedies for dog skin allergies, can go a long way. I know this because I’ve tried way more than 15, and these are the ones that I really narrowed down, that I saw working first hand with my pets.
Most of these items are free, but there are some items that you can easily get from the local dog store.
1. Vitamin E
Just like Vitamin E is great for your skin by helping clear up wrinkles, it also helps soothe dog’s skin and makes him healthy.
What’s great about Vitamin E capsule is that you can break it open and apply it directly to your dog’s skin. Just rub it in there and not only will dogs love the massage, but it has great results for their skin.
Low-fat yogurt is good for keeping a check on dog skin infection. Just use a small amount. It can help with clearing up yeast infections all the way to relieving itchy skin.
With the yogurt, start small. Make sure your dog’s digestive system can handle it and you can always build up. It’ll give you really good results.
3. Herbal Tea
You can put any of this herbal tea available in the market in a sprayer, put it in the fridge and let it chill. Spray it on the areas where your dog is itching the most.
Believe it or not, the chilled tea will kill bacteria and yeast, and it will even reduce and relieve inflammation. Also, when my dog starts chewing on his paws, I like to spray his paws with that actual tea.
It really helps and within minutes, he’s not chewing on his paws as much. Or, I’ll take his paws, I’ll put his paws just right into the cold tea and just hold them there for a minute or two and soothe him. That seems to have really good effects as well.
Okay, now you’ve probably heard of this one before, but it is one of the top items and it really works. Oatmeal will soothe their skin, so grind it up in a coffee grinder or in a blender. Put them in the bath and just rub it into their skin.
If your dog’s horrified of baths, try bringing your dog into the shower with you and you can put that oatmeal in a cup or a pan, and then just put that oatmeal on your dog while you’re taking a bath or a shower. It will really help
Now if you don’t have time to do that, you can definitely buy a ready to use oatmeal shampoo (bestseller on Amazon) and conditioner in one bottle. There are lots of good ones out there. But they are not all created equal, so make sure you get the right one.
5. An Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt really helps in case of any open wounds. It’ll help your dog heal faster. If you’ve gone to the vet and the vet’s given you antibiotics, that combined with an Epsom salt bath will work miracles.
Epsom salt also helps in reducing any swelling.
6. Evening Primrose for Oil Dogs Skin Allergies
Now, here’s why I like this one so much, because not only can you get oil which you can apply topically right to your dog, but you can also give your dog a primrose pill. And that’ll really help calm any allergies and boost their immune system.
I also use primrose oil in their food. Just a few drops of it are enough to do the job. American Family Physician (AFP) has further detailed information about primrose oil here.
Note: Also do check about what is CBD oil
7. Eucalyptus Conditioner
You could definitely make this stuff and it’s not too difficult. So take a teaspoon of the actually dried eucalyptus, or two tablespoons of fresh eucalyptus, and put it in a pint of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Then, let that cool down, and as a final step adds in your dog’s bath, rub it into their skin, and then just immediately dry them off with a towel.
Don’t rinse that off. It will soak into your dog’s skin, and not only will it help calm their itching, but it’s also a natural flea repellent. So it’ll go a long way in the summertime.
8. Dry Shampoo
I get it, you’re going, “Phil, these are all really great ideas. “Why don’t you come over to my house “and try and get my dog into the bathtub.” I know, some dogs refuse to take a bath. So, I’ve got the answer for you, a dry shampoo. It works wonders.
So, here’s what you do. You take whole bran or oatmeal or cornmeal, you grind it up, put it in the oven for 5 minutes so the natural oils can come out.
Let it just get warm, and then take a handful of that, put it in a towel, and rub your dog with that towel. It’s going to be a little messy and a little dirty, so make sure you do it somewhere you can sweep up or outside.
It’s going to help. And if your dog doesn’t like taking baths, it’ll remove the smell anyways. It’ll help, trust me
9. Shampoo Enriched with Essential Oil
Now, we’ve talked about some essential oils, but an actual essential oil shampoo will work wonders for your dog with itchy skin. You could make your own, or you could buy an essential oil shampoo.
It could be something as simple as fleas. If you want, you could make an herbal flea powder by adding eucalyptus or pennyroyal.
10. Natural Skin Tonic
This natural skin tonic that’s lemon-based, will go a long way. The process of making this tonic involves slicing a whole lemon and steep it overnight in a pot of boiling water. You can sponge your dog’s skin with that and let the solution air-dry.
A very common question asked to me is: Will baking soda help my dog stop itching?
My answer to it is always yes and its too good for dog’s paws as well as skin.
50% water, 50% baking soda, rub it on your dog’s itching area, leave it on for 20 minutes and it’s fantastic.
12. Apple Cider Vinegar for Itchy Dog Skin
This is new, take a 50/50% mix of cider vinegar and water and spray/rub it on your dog.
A related question asked to me is: How does apple cider vinegar help dogs with itchy skin?
The answer to it is very simple. The use of Apple cider vinegar causes all that itchiness from yeast and ivy to go away because naturally, the apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and hence is known to remove yeast.
13. Aspirin Mix
Take the aspirin, crush it up. Put a little bit of rubbing alcohol and rub that on the itchy area. Now watch your dog closely on this one.
Make sure they’re not licking the area. Do not administer this one by mouth. Be very careful with this one, but this can also help relieve itchy areas.
14. Brush Your Dog Frequently
It’s simple and many dog owners often overlook this one. Brushing your dog every single day, goes a long way. When your dog’s skin is itchy, some inflammatory blood cells add up.
So by brushing your dog on a regular basis, you can reduce that. This dog brush on Amazon has 14,000+ reviews and comes in various varieties.
15. Dog Itchy Skin and Coconut Oil
Whether it’s in the form of oil/flakes/balls or lots of different forms, it goes a long way with helping dogs with itchy skins. Some people do have concerns over if they can put coconut oil on your dog’s skin?
Yes, you can give them coconut oil. You can either give your dog coconut oil orally to apply it directly to their skin. The application on skin can be done either by using a spray bottle or by taking the coconut oil in hand and massaging your dog’s skin.
A nice way to give coconut oil to the dogs is to mix it in their food. I just prefer virgin coconut oil which is of high quality.
In fact, coconut oil is also great for their immune system, brain development, eyes and ears [source]
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Note: For remedies that involve rubbing on dog’s area, you can use cotton swabs
All the above home remedies have been tested by me so all are good and I personally don’t like to use any chemical-based products with my dogs.
Sometimes you’ve gotta take your dog to the vet because they need steroids or antibiotics or whatever your vet recommends.
But I like to first try all the natural ways to see if any of that helps and solves the problem. It is also important to keep your dog’s paws clean when coming from outside to avoid any such issues in the first place.