Do you have an itchy dog? Try these tips

We’ve all seen our dogs scratch themselves every now and then, but sometimes, it can get excessive.

If you notice that your dog is losing a considerable amount of hair, developing red patches, or obsessively scratching and licking themselves, it may be time to start giving him treatment. We’ve listed below common remedies that may ease your dog’s scratching. Check them out!

Apple cider vinegar

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A tried and true solution for skin irritations, apple cider vinegar is your pup’s best friend. ACV contains both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a strong disinfectant and even effective flea repellant! Simply mix a solution of 50% ACV and 50% water and pour into a spray bottle for easy use. Spray on affected skin to help alleviate itching and to rid of dandruff. You can also soak your dog’s paws in the solution to relieve irritation.

It’s important to note that this remedy is ONLY for itchy and irritated skin, NOT for open and raw wounds.

Coconut oil

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Solidified coconut oil, when applied topically, is a great way to soothe your itchy dog’s skin. Just pop it in the fridge until it solidifies and lather onto your dog’s affected skin when needed. Because coconut oil is a great moisturizer, this treatment will work on eczema, allergies, yeast infections, and even insect bites! You’ll surely notice your pet’s coat improving as well.

Before buying your coconut oil, make sure to shop around for natural brands, preferably ones labeled “organic” and “unrefined.”

Oatmeal bath

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A time-old remedy, the classic oatmeal bath is a fun, relaxing way to calm you dog’s irritated skin. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that will help to soothe irritation and itchiness, as well as help your dog’s skin develop a protective barrier that locks moisture in and prevents dryness. Start by grinding oatmeal into a fine powder and filling your tub with it; stir until the mixture has settled into a milky consistency. Place your pooch in the bath and massage the mixture onto his irritated skin.

Now, let them soak for 10-15 minutes and revel in the results!

Diet change

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In other cases, a dog’s itching doesn’t come from its surrounding environment. It can be an effect of the food they eat! After confirming with your trusted vet that your furpal has an allergy, it’s time to cut down on the allergy-causing foods. Common ingredients that trigger allergies in dogs include: gluten, grains, eggs, soy, dairy, beef, chicken, and lamb. It’s tedious, but it’s up to you to find out what works best for your dog.

When looking for new food, try to go for brands with labels that say “non-grain,” “all-natural,” and “preservative-free.” They’re probably more expensive than the regular brands, but your pooch will thank you for it! You can also try boiling vegetables for a more natural diet.

Anti-fungal/anti-bacterial cream and medicated baths

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If all goes wrong and you notice that your pet’s wounds, itchiness, and hot spots persist, it might be time to consult your vet. Underlying conditions could be causing your dog’s irritation, which may call for stronger methods of medication. This can mean medicinal baths and/or anti-fungal and anti-bacterial creams to help heal your dog’s wounds. When in doubt, always consult your vet!

Art Daniella Sison


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