One of the most disgusting thing for a dog owner is to see his / her dog being constantly irritated by itchy skin. Itchy skin in dogs is one of the most irritating problems facing by pet owners. Even though an itch is our body’s defense mechanism against an unpleasant contact with some irritant, constant itching can cause skin break-ups and lead to infections. If this is the case with humans, so what might be the case with our pets? As pets can’t communicate the way we do, its not easy for pet owners to understand the actual problem. So, if you are a dog owner and if you come to see your dog scratching more than normal, you can make sure that there is something wrong going on. If you see a red or flaky skin and your dog whines or chews more than normal while they are scratching, its time to get stock of some home remedies. Skin Irritation in dogs/dog skin itching can be diagnosed early by regularly checking your dog’s skin and coat.
Reasons why your dog may have itchy skin
Insect bites and stings are the common causes of itchy skin in dogs. An insect bite causes redness and swelling at the bitten area. If your dog is sensitive to proteins in the insect's venom or saliva, you may see more obvious signs such as difficulty in breathing, vomiting and in some cases causing death.
How to take care of dog's itchy skin ? home remedy
Buying fish oil helps to moisturize your dog's skin as well as help in relieving the inflammation due to omega 3s. Buying fish oil in liquid or capsule form would also do the job.
To bathe your dog, use hypoallergenic shampoo 1-3 times a week and also make sure to use warm water – neither too hot nor too cold. If your dog has itchy skin, use a shampoo that contains chlorhexidine, so that it helps to remove the cellular debris from the hair follicles. If he has a yeast infection, try using shampoo that contains ketoconazole.
Don't keep your dog's hair grow long as long hairs can attract extra environmental allergens.
Experts also say that skin allergies in dogs can be caused by ear infection. So make sure to take extra care to look for one. Follow the directions indicated by your veterinarian and do not stop treatment early. Follow the medication for 2-3 week time period even if the symptoms and lesions disappear.
Home remedies for itchy skin in dogs
Although the reason for itchy skin can be many, there are several home remedies that can help your dog come out of it. Here are a few of them that actually works well:
Apple cider vinegar: Put the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle for easy usability. Spray apple cider vinegar on to your dog's affected skin area. This will increase the blood circulation to aid in healing. Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent that clears up bacteria and helps regulate pH levels in your dog's skin.
Olive oil is not just used for cooking, but also is used for healing many health issues. Apply 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your dog's food 3 days a week or you can apply it directly to the irritated spot. Or else, rubbing 1 teaspoon of olive oil onto your dog's skin will give him/her immediate relief. Including olive oil in your dog's regular diet will help in preventing the itch.
Just as it works with humans, oatmeal paste has many healing benefits on your dog also. You can nourish and soften the skin while cleaning dirt and irritants from the skin. For this, use equal proportion of water and oatmeal to make the paste. Leave it on the skin for 10 minutes and rinse.
Dog Skin Care Home Remedies
Apart from olive oil, other natural oils like tea tree oil, fish oil and vitamin E oil are dog products for itchy skin. These products help in providing instant relief from itchy skin in dogs. They hydrate and strengthen the skin's ability to retain natural oils. Tea tree oil is considered to be a natural antiseptic to eliminate the infection causing bacteria. It also relieves the itch as well.
While grooming your dog, use dog shampoos and soaps as human shampoos and soaps can cause irritation in dogs. When there are shampoos and soaps that are specifically meant for dogs, why would you use human shampoos and soaps? This is one of the common mistakes done by dog owners. Not all dogs adapt to these human shampoos and soaps. Groom your dog 2-3 days a week using hypoallergenic or herbal and natural shampoo. This will help in providing relief.
Chamomile tea has known to alleviate skin irritations in dogs. Chilled chamomile tea in the refrigerator when sprayed on the sensitive spot kills bacteria and yeast on the skin and relieves inflammation.
A bath of warm water and epsom salt for your dog speeds up the healing time for any small or open sores in conjunction with veterinary antibiotics.
Dog Itch Treatment - Home Remedies
Baking soda: Prepare a thick paste by using a 20/50 mix of baking soda and water. Apply to your dog's affected skin and leave for 20 minutes and then rinse off. If still he is itching over, add one cup of baking soda to your dog's bathing water to see good results.
Natural skin tonic using lemon – thinly slice a whole lemon, including the rind and steep it overnight in a pot of boiling water. The cooling water draws out d-limonene, vitamin C and other healing ingredients found in the whole lemon. On the next day, sponge it on your dog' skin and let the solution air-dry. This can soothe itchy skin in dogs.
You can also apply natural shampoo by using few drops of eucalyptus or pennyroyal essential oil.
Rinse your dog with clear water and again rinse with vinegar water (1 tbsp to 1 pint warm water) to see effective results.
Also keep in mind that if the itchy skin persists even after you have applied home remedies, you may need to take your dog to the vet. Follow your vet's instructions until his/her health problem subsides.