Is your dog spending an abnormal amount of time scratching, licking, and biting themselves? Before you rush off to the vet, there are a few natural remedies that you can try at home to relieve itchy skin. Dryness and seasonal allergies tend to be the most common causes, and these at-home tricks could provide some substantial relief for your pup’s irritated skin. The good news is that the list below is also safe enough for your pup to ingest in case they happen to lick some off.
Oatmeal can be sprinkled into a bath for a relaxing soak. It can also be formed into a paste that can be applied like you would a shampoo before rinsing. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, an oatmeal bath can also help to cleanse your pup’s fur of dust and allergens caught between hair follicles.
Simply steep a few tea bags in a bathtub or water jug and make sure to allow the water to cool completely. If preparing for a soak, the bath temperature should not be too warm, as irritated skin can burn more easily. You can also use a leftover tea bag as a compress directly onto the bothered areas. It is even safe enough to use around the eye area and as natural eye drops.
While you don’t want to add this solution onto the skin that has been rubbed raw, apple cider vinegar has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help treat a wide range of skin conditions. Dilute raw apple cider vinegar with equal parts water and either spray onto the affected areas or apply as a compress.
Try combining a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and water to form a paste and apply directly to any red, itchy rash for some instant relief. Leave the paste on for a few hours until it dries, then rinse. Because baking soda has more drying properties than it does moisturizing, you might want to consider applying some coconut oil to the affected area following the baking soda treatment.
In addition to being highly emollient, coconut oil can fight against bacterial and fungal infections. Apply a small amount to your dog’s coat, work it into the fur, and massage into the skin. Like the other remedies mentioned above, it can also help to decrease inflammation, redness, and aid in the healing process.
This super plant has some incredible healing properties. Its enzymes contain antimicrobial and coagulating properties that work to heal and soothe raw skin. It’s best to keep an aloe plant growing in your home and pick off the leaves as you need them, so you can be assured that there are no additives. If you purchase a product over-the-counter, make sure to look for one that is organic, all-natural, and 100% aloe. Stay away from gels, as the alcohol content can be harmful to your dog’s skin.
Remember to always consult a vet if your dog’s skin condition doesn’t improve or begins to worsen. Itchy skin can also be a sign of some less common but more serious issues including thyroid problems, anxiety, arthritis, parasites, and infection.