7 All-Natural Dog Itch Treatments

Natural Home Remedies for Itchy Dogs

When going to the clinic isn't an option, you may cure your dog's at home. Home cures include colloidal oatmeal baths, oil, and baking soda, among others. Even if you can provide some comfort and reduce the need to scratch, it's critical to address the underlying cause, whether it's an allergy, flea bites, or an autoimmune illness.

When Should You Call the Vet?

Mild itching every now and then isn't usually a sign of anything serious, but if your dog starts to exhibit other symptoms such as frequent or persistent itching or licking, difficulty getting comfortable or restless from itching, loss of appetite, or a depressed mood, consult your veterinarian right away. To avoid developing further open sores and infections in the skin, it's critical to treat the underlying reason of its intense, chronic irritation. Your veterinarian will treat you as needed, depending on the cause.

If your dog's itching is just infrequent or minor, there are many of completely safe, all-natural options for treating it at home. In fact, most of the cures are likely already in your pantry. Read on for seven easy home treatments to help your itching dog feel better.

Consult your vet before starting any skincare regimen for your dog, and stop the treatment if your dog's symptoms remain the same or worsen.

Colloidal Oatmeal Baths

A can help your dog's sensitive skin by lowering inflammation and cleaning away irritants that become trapped in the fur. Colloidal oatmeal's anti-inflammatory properties can relieve redness, swelling, and itchiness, as well as cool your dog's hot, uncomfortable skin, whether you buy pre-made colloidal oatmeal (which is made by grinding the oat into a fine powder and boiling it to draw out the colloidal) or grind plain, sugar-free oatmeal into a powder yourself. Furthermore, oatmeal is completely non-toxic, so you don't have to be concerned if your dog licks it.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a delicious addition to homemade salad dressings, but did you know it can also be used as an antibiotic and antifungal treatment? Simply mix 50 percent apple cider vinegar and 50 percent water in a clean spray bottle, then spray the solution on your dog's sensitive regions. If your dog's paws are itchy, immerse them in the mixture for up to five minutes to soothe them.

Warning

Apple cider vinegar should never be used on raw skin or open wounds—it can be extremely painful for your dog and worsen symptoms.

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Coconut Oil

Although there is some debate about coconut oil and heart health, when rubbed into the coat and skin, cold, solidified coconut oil helps relieve the discomfort of doggie dermatitis, allergies, skin infections, and even insect bites. When looking for coconut oil, seek for phrases like "organic," "unrefined," or "virgin" on the label to ensure the finest quality, human-branded coconut oil possible. If you want your coconut oil to do double duty, consider putting a tiny scoop into your dog's food, but always check your veterinarian before making any dietary changes.

Chamomile and Green Tea Soaks

Chamomile and green teas are well-known for their relaxing, anti-inflammatory properties in people, but they are as effective in dogs. Try giving your dog a relaxing soak in a chamomile or green tea bath if it has hot, itchy spots of skin.

This is how you do it: Fill a bathtub or sink halfway with warm water and steep several tea bags for three to five minutes. Remove the tea bags and immerse your dog for at least five minutes in the liquid. If you wish to treat your dog's skin in specific places, steep a tea bag and let it cool fully before applying it to the problematic regions.

Aloe Vera

If you've ever experienced a sunburn, you know how effective aloe vera can be. Aloe vera is a potent healing agent that may also help to decrease redness and remove unwanted heat away from the skin. Aloe vera can be applied directly to your dog's afflicted areas. Aloe vera is available in most groceries and drugstores, or you may collect it from an aloe vera plant if you have one.

Warning

Be sure to use an aloe vera gel that doesn't contain alcohol—otherwise, you risk burning your dog's skin and worsening its symptoms.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a household essential that can do so much more than make your baked products rise. Baking soda, when mixed with water and blended into a thick paste, can help to dry up skin rashes, relieve itching, and reduce redness and inflammation. Simply mix 50 percent and 50 percent water in a paste and apply to your dog's skin. Rinse thoroughly after approximately 20 minutes. Add a few drops of high-quality coconut oil to the mix for a more hydrating result. If your dog has irritation all over his body, you may also add to his bath.

A Balanced Diet

A balanced meal rich in omega-3 fatty acids and nutritious carbohydrates will help your dog's skin repair and soothe from the inside out. How? Many dogs are sensitive to the substances included in common dog diets like chicken, beef, or turkey, as well as wheat or gluten. The symptoms of doggie food allergies can be alleviated by switching to fish-based meals or foods containing sweet potatoes. Fatty fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease inflammation, enhance digestion, and improve skin health. Always with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog's food or introducing any new supplements.

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FAQ
  • Why is my dog itching so much?

    Dogs are itchy creatures for so many reasons: fleas, allergies, dietary issues, and possible skin infections.

  • What can you give a dog for severe itching?

    Depending on the diagnosis, your dog might get a variety of therapies. This is why it's critical to see your veterinarian. Aside from flea and allergy shampoos, there are drugs that will go to the base of the problem—antihistamines and steroids, for example.

  • Why is my dog itching and losing hair?

    You should consult your veterinarian since there are hundreds of causes for itching and hair loss, ranging from moderate to severe. The veterinarian will do diagnostic testing to determine the reason and treat it appropriately.

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