Is your dog’s scratching keeping you up at night? Does your dog chew or lick themselves incessantly? There are many causes for severe or chronic itching. It’s always best to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause. However, if the itching appears to be intermittent, seasonal or less acute there are some natural remedies for your itchy dog that will give them some relief:
- Tea Soak
Itchy skin has several manifestations. If your dog’s skin is hot to the touch and appears to be almost rubbed raw then you can try chamomile and herbal tea soak. Using several bags of chamomile, calendula and green tea, steep for three minutes in a tub or sink. Take out the tea bags and let your dog soak for at least five minutes. Alternatively, you can steep one of each tea bag and then let the tea cool. Once the tea is cooled, gently pour the cooled tea onto the dry patches of skin and let your dog air dry.
- Oatmeal Bath or Paste
For skin that isn’t hot to the touch but is dry and itchy, use an oatmeal bath or paste. Take ground oats and sprinkle them into a warm bath. Have your dog soak in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also mix warm water and ground oats to make a paste. Simply apply the paste to the trouble spots and let cool. Once dry, remove the paste.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Water Spray
If your dog has contracted poison ivy or their skin is especially dry and itchy, you can use an apple cider vinegar and water spray. (This method should not be used if your dog’s skin is raw or opened.) Using equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, mix the solution and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the affected areas. If your dog’s paws are affected, it’s best to soak their paws in the solution for up to five minutes.
For hives, rashes, and allergies, plain-sugar-free yogurt is an effective, non-topical remedy. The yogurt is effective because of the live acidophilus it contains. The live acidophilus helps balance the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines. It also gets rid of the bad bacteria. It’s a very easy remedy. Simply give your dog one or two spoonfuls of yogurt a day
- Coconut oil
If your dog is suffering from eczema, allergies, yeast infections, insect bites or stings then coconut oil is an ideal remedy. You’ll want to use chilled and solid coconut oil. With your fingers, scoop a bit of oil onto your fingers and gently massage the oil into the affected areas of your dog’s coat and skin.
- Vitamin E Oil
Another great option for curing dry skin and relieving itching is vitamin E oil. Apply the oil directly to your dog’s skin or add it to water and let your dog soak. If you’re applying the oil you’ll want to do so by massaging the oil directly into the skin.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are ideal for reducing inflammation, decreasing itchiness and helping alleviate dry skin. You can give it in pill form or apply it to the affected area directly.
- Fish and Sweet Potato Diet
Changing the food you feed your dog can also help to alleviate their itchiness. Fish is recommended because a lot of dogs are allergic to chicken, beef, and turkey. Fish is also high in omega-3 fatty acids which will decrease inflammation. Dogs can also be allergic to wheat and gluten. Try replacing wheat with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes provide the necessary carbohydrates that a dog’s diet needs, effectively replacing wheat. Most veterinarians suggest trying this diet for six weeks. If the itchiness improves then you can assume it was an allergy that was causing your dog’s discomfort.