Itchy skin is a common ailment for dogs. Whether it is caused by seasonal shedding, allergies or an underlying medical condition, itchiness can be very uncomfortable for your dog. Medications to treat skin conditions can be expensive, but there are lots of home remedies you can try as a cheaper, natural alternative.
Before we dive in, it is advisable to seek veterinary advice if your dog’s itching get worse or the skin becomes red or starts to bleed. This could be a sign of a more serious undiagnosed illness.
We use coconut oil to condition our hair and help to retain its strength and shine. Similar results can be gained for applying coconut oil to your dog’s coat. Not only will it help to keep his fur in condition, but the natural oil will soothe the itchiness. Always choose coconut oil that states it is natural or organic. This means there are no chemicals added which could make the skin irritation worse.
You can also add a small amount of coconut oil to your dog’s food, but always check with your veterinarian first.
This natural plant extract has many healing agents which help to soothe itchy skin, reduce redness and reduce surface temperature of the skin. Aloe vera is safe to apply directly to the skin, however, make sure the aloe vera gel you purchase do not contain any alcohol.
Aloe vera can soothe itchy bites, irritation from allergies and inflammation from skin infections. It can be applied daily and is non-toxic to dogs.
Wheat and Gluten Free
Allergies and intolerances to certain foods are quite common in dogs. One of the most frequently seen symptoms of a food allergy is itchy skin and hair loss. Changing your dog onto a wheat free and gluten free diet can help to alleviate the irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Most of these allergy diets are also boosted with omega 3 fatty acids which help with follicular development and support skin regeneration and elasticity. Look for a ‘veterinary recipe’ label on dog food packaging or ask your veterinarian which brands are best suited to your dog.
Colloidal Oatmeal Baths
This one is one of the oldest home remedies. Some consider it an old wives’ tale, but colloidal oatmeal has soothing properties and is non-toxic to dogs. You can either purchase colloidal oatmeal ready made or your can make your own by grinding plain, sugar free oatmeal into a fine powder and boiling it to extract the colloidal.
This remedy can be applied directly to the skin to reduce the inflammation, soothe the itchy sensation and draw out allergens trapped in your dog’s coat.
Ask Your Veterinarian
Although most veterinary surgeries will have the opinion that approved medicine is the best treatment, there is scientific data to support certain home remedies as being suitable and effective in treating skin irritation. Your veterinarian will be able to suggest the best remedies for your dog’s specific condition.