Natural Remedies to Relieve Your Dog's Itchy Skin
Wed, April 21, 2021

Natural Remedies to Relieve Your Dog's Itchy Skin

There are a lot of reasons as to why dogs suffering from itchiness. Some will say that it is because of the weather while others might insist that it is because of the poor environment / Photo by: Niraelanor via Shutterstock

 

Most dog breeds have a thick fur that is very soft to the touch when it is well maintained. However, that same fur, if it is neglected, can harbor pests that can make them itch and scratch endlessly. It can also even become a source of illness.

There are a lot of reasons as to why dogs suffering from itchiness. Some will say that it is because of the weather while others might insist that it is because of the poor environment. Whatever it might be, pet owners will do anything to help their furry friends be free from vermin and the itchiness that are plaguing them. 

 

Why Dogs Itch So Much?

There are a lot of possible reasons why dogs itch. Newport Harbor Animal Hospital, a leading health provider for animals in South California, mentioned on their website that it can range from fleas and infection to the most common cause, which is allergies. They also mentioned that if your dog is scratching or nibbling at themselves excessively, it is important to start inspecting their whole body from head to tail and even ask help from your trusted veterinarian. 

The vet will create a plan of attack to put the pet and pet owner at ease. If it is caused by allergies, it should not be left untreated as it can lead to hair loss, severe inflammation, and secondary infections on the skin.

Yes, allergies can also happen to our canine friends. Normally, their immune response protects the dog against infection and disease. But with allergies, the immune response can actually cause harm to their body. In dogs, the most common symptom associated with allergies is the itching of the skin. There are cases where the symptoms involve the respiratory system so that there is much coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing. 

Some of the common causes of itchiness in dogs are root on environmental factors or food allergies, so you must consult a vet first before trying any natural medication for your pooch. In an article published by The Spruce Pets, an online resource that provides helpful articles about pets, it was also mentioned that mild itching is not usually a sign of serious health condition. 

However, once your dog starts to develop symptoms like loss of appetite, restlessness, or depression, it might be a sign that you should talk to a vet immediately. This is to make sure that the condition will not advance further and that there are no other health factors are causing it. You also want to prevent your dog from developing more open wounds and infections, which a vet can surely take care of. The vet will recommend a prescription that will suit your dog’s condition. 

 

Fleas and Ticks

Pet owners will assume immediately that the itchiness that the dog is experiencing is caused by fleas or ticks, and they are usually right. These blood-sucking pests use dogs as hosts and they can latch onto their skin anytime. They can also pass unnoticed until they become too engorged and large enough for the pet owner to spot them easily. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a company dedicated to providing nutritious pet foods, mentioned in their website that pet owners must know that these insects are also capable of carrying a variety of diseases, and it is important to check for them during tick season. 

Pet owners will assume immediately that the itchiness that the dog is experiencing is caused by fleas or ticks, and they are usually right / Photo by: Helen Sushitskaya via Shutterstock

 

Natural Remedies

Pet owners cherish their dogs’ health, no question about that. Most will even prefer using a more natural approach that will guarantee a much safer medication for the dog compared to chemical-based products that can have a bad side effect. Some natural remedies are as follows:

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a tasty ingredient for meals, especially for homemade salad dressings. But did you know that this vinegar can also work wonders as a powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal treatment? Simply combine apple cider vinegar and water in equal amounts in a clean spray bottle. You can use the solution to eliminate fleas and ticks from your dog’s fur. 

Coconut oil

There has been a lot of controversy around coconut oil on whether this can indeed soothe the discomfort brought by doggy eczema, skin infection, and bug bites although more people attest to its efficacy. If your vet does give you the go signal to use coconut oil for our dog, make sure that you get the highest quality, branded coconut oil in the store. Look for the coconut oil with terms like “organic,'' “unrefined,” or “virgin” on its label.

Chamomile and green tea

These teas are well-known for their soothing and anti-inflammatory effects on humans. They are also helpful in easing hot, itchy patches of skin on your dog, especially if you use these during your dog’s bath. Simply fill your bathtub or sink with lukewarm water and let several tea bags steep for three to five minutes before removing them and letting your dog enjoy their very own tea bath for at least five minutes. If you wish to treat a specific spot on your dog’s skin, apply the tea directly to the affected areas after steeping and letting it cool.

Of course, the best remedy for your dog’s health condition is to prevent one in the first place. This means making sure that your dog gets a regular bath and its fur cleaned and combed regularly to prevent tangles. Keeping your area clean as well will also keep fleas and ticks away.

Simply combine apple cider vinegar and water in equal amounts in a clean spray bottle. You can use the solution to eliminate fleas and ticks from your dog’s fur / Photo by: mythja via Shutterstock