Dog Allergies

Dog Itching: Natural Remedies To Cure Dog’s Itchy Skin

dog's itchy skin
Written by Walter Perez

Dog itching is quite common in dogs  

It’s normal for a dog to scratch, lick, and chew on himself as long as he is not showing signs of severe pathology or wounding his skin.

Why is my dog so itchy?

Dogs scratch for many reasons, for instance, your dog may be infected with fleas, or he may be suffering from an allergy.

Boredom and anxiety, as well as dry skin and hormonal imbalance, are also reasons for dogs itching.

Occasional or mild itching isn’t a sign of severe medical conditions.

However, if your dog scratching a lot, consult your vet ASAP.

It’s essential to treat the underlying cause of your dog’s itchy skin, to avoid more hot spots or open wounds in the skin.

Dog itching remedies

There are plenty of natural, safe solutions to treat mild dog’s itchiness at home.

All the itchiness remedies mentioned in this article are effective and safe.

1- Vitamin E.

Just like it’s excellent for your skin, and help clear up wrinkles, Vitamin E also helps soothe the dog’s itchy skin and make it healthy.

What’s excellent about Vitamin E, is you can break it open and apply it directly to your itchy dog.

Your dog will love the massage for sure, and he will get some real relief from the excessive itching.

2- Yogurt.

Feeding your dog plain low-fat yogurt has impressive results. 

Just use a small amount, it can help with clearing up yeast infections to relieving dog’s itchy skin.

With the yogurt, start small. Make sure your dog’s digestive system can handle it.

3- Tea.

You can use chamomile tea and herbal tea.

Put it in a sprayer, then put it in the fridge and let it chill.

Believe it or not, the chilled tea will kill bacteria and yeast, and it will even reduce and relieve skin inflammation.

Also, when my dog starts chewing on her paws, I like to spray her paws with that actual tea.

It helps, and within minutes, she’s not chewing on her paws as much.

Another way to apply chilled tea on itchy dogs is by putting his paws right into the cold tea and hold them there for a minute or two. That seems to have outstanding effects, as well.

4- Oatmeal for dog itching.

Now you’ve probably heard of this one before, but it is one of the tops, and it works.

Oatmeal will soothe your dog’s itchy skin, so grind it up in a coffee grinder or a blender, and rub it into your dog’s skin.

If your dog’s horrified of baths, bring him into the shower with you, put oatmeal in a cup, and apply it on your dog while you’re taking a shower.

Oatmeal will give your itchy dog a pleasant relief.

You can always buy a pre-made oatmeal shampoo and conditioner in one.

Buying a pre-made oatmeal shampoo conditioner is a good idea, but they are not all created equal.

5- An Epsom salt bath.

Epsom salt helps in treating open wounds caused by the dog’s itching and scratching.

It’ll help your dog heal faster.

If you went to the vet and he has given you antibiotics, that combined with an Epsom salt bath will work like a miracle.

6- Evening Primrose Oil.

Not only you can apply Primrose oil directly to your dog, but you can also give him a primrose pill. And that’ll help calm any allergies and boost their immune system.

7- Eucalyptus Conditioner.

You could make this stuff, and it’s not too difficult.

Just take a teaspoon of the 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 in your dog’s bath, go ahead and pour that over your dog and rub it into his itchy skin.

Immediately dry him off with a towel.

Your homemade Eucalyptus Conditioner will soak into your dog’s skin, and not only will it help calm their itching, but it’s also a natural flea repellent.

8- Dry Shampoo.

I know, some dogs, no matter what you do, they won’t get in the bath.

So, I’ve got the solution for you, a dry shampoo.

It works wonders. So, here’s what you do.

You take oatmeal, grind it up, and put it in the oven for 5 minutes.

Let it just get warm, and then take a handful of that, put it in a towel, and rub your itchy dog down with it.

Now, 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.

If your dog doesn’t like taking baths, it’ll remove the smell anyways.

If you don’t have time to make that mixture, you could buy a Dry Dog Shampoo.

9- Essential Oil Shampoo.

An 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.

10- Herbal Flea Powder.

In most cases, dog itching or “pruritus” could be triggered by flea’s infestation.

One of the best flea treatments for dogs is natural herbal flea powder.

You can make your flea power for sure, but it will take a lot of time and effort.

There are plenty of natural herbal flea powders for dogs with itchy skin, as this tremendous NaturVet Herbal Flea Powder for Pets

11- Dog anti-itch spray.

One of the best ways to stop your dog from itching, scratching, and chewing on himself, is by making a homemade anti-itch spray using lemon, apple cider vinegar, and water.

However, it’s preferable to buy an anti-itch spray, since they contain better ingredients.

12- Baking Soda.

This dog itchy skin home remedy is quite simple

Get 50% water, 50% baking soda, rub it on your dog’s area, and leave it on for 20 minutes.

It works like a charm.

13- Apple Cider Vinegar.

Take a 50% / 50% mix of apple cider vinegar and water and spray it on your dog.

Many owners have reported that using apple cider vinegar helped treat their dog’s itchy skin.

14- Brush your dog every day.

Dog owners often overlook this one.

But brushing your dog every single day goes a long way, and here’s why.

When your dog’s skin is itchy, inflammatory blood cells and chemical compounds such as histamine, add up.

So by brushing your dog regularly, you reduce that, which gives your dog a pleasant relief.

15- Coconut.

Whether it’s the oil or flakes or lots of different forms, coconut oil goes a long way with helping dogs with itchy skins.

As we have mentioned at the beginning of this article, sometimes, your dog itching may be caused by an allergy, and more particular, food allergy.

Dogs with allergic reactions tend to be itchy around their paws, groin area, and ears.

My dog Jessie has a type of dog allergies that causes him to lick at his groin, especially at night, continually.

Before giving your dog allergy medicines, please consider trying some of the following solutions to treat itching in dogs caused by food allergies.

How to treat food allergy and dog itching

1- Less allergenic food equals less itching

Try a hypoallergenic Dog food, where you’re feeding your dog a simple food, a unique protein that they’ve never been on before, for a minimum of eight weeks.

Try this diet of fish and sweet potato, its practical and works very well for itchy dogs.

Every dog is different, so try different foods.

There isn’t just one right food, but the main principle is unique protein, simple minimal ingredients, avoiding artificial colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives.

Being very strict for those eight weeks is very important.

2- Antihistamines:

There are natural and conventional ones.

I use Benadryl, dosing my dog with five milligrams per pound.

I’m giving him that twice daily if needed, Benadryl is quite useful for dog itching.

3- Essential fatty acid supplements:

If you’ve got an allergic dog, they need to be on high levels of EFA’s.

I use a fantastic supplement calls the ultimate canine health formula.

It contains the EFA’s in the form of flax oil.

The omega-3 dose I suggest specifically for allergic itchy dogs is a thousand milligrams for ten pounds daily.

4- Probiotics

Probiotics are increasingly being used for dogs with allergies and itching problems.

These beneficial bacteria are playing a significant role in normalizing the overactive immune system.

Probiotics take between 4 to 12 weeks before you can say if they’re working or not.

Please consult your vet to see which type of probiotics is the most convenient for your dog.

5- Colostrum

Research has found an ingredient known as a praline-rich polypeptide (PRP) in bovine colostrum; it appears to be helping in decreasing the allergic symptoms, such as itching and scratching.

The colostrum dose for dogs with allergies varies, I can be comfortable advising you to give a quarterback of the human dose for 20 pounds daily.

My supplement Allergy Relief Immunity Supplement for Dogs containing bovine colostrum inadequate levels for your dog,

About the author

Walter Perez

My name is Walter, and I'm a huge dog lover, I have made this blog to share my experience and help dog owners make better decisions in term of improving the quality of their pet's life. I have shared my life with pets since childhood, and I currently own a golden retriever named Bailey.

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