Natural Home Remedies for Itchy Dogs
Date Published: 2020-01-22
Date Updated: 2020-01-22
If your dog is constantly scratching, it can be annoying – for them and for you. Itching is a common issue with dogs, especially those with allergic rashes and skin conditions. For some dogs, itching can be relentless. Fortunately, there are many home remedies for itchy dogs, including natural treatments like CBD.
Here’s a guide on home remedies for itchy dogs.
Itching in dogs
itching in dogs can be caused by:
- Fleas, ticks, and mites
- Exposure to poison ivy or other itchy plants
- Allergic contact dermatitis, which is caused by an allergen like pollen, grass, and detergents
An obvious symptom of itching in dogs is scratching. Your dog might also have red, rash-like skin in certain areas, as well as swelling. They might also excessively lick and bite themselves in a specific area, or continuously rub themselves against the floor, grass, trees, or walls.
itching may seem innocuous, but if your dog is constantly scratching their skin, it can lead to skin infections and rashes. This can be harder to treat. So, it’s best to nip itching in the bud.
Natural Home remedies for itching in dogs
There are many home remedies to soothe itching in dogs. Most of these home remedies are pretty cheap and easy to make. Use one treatment consistently for a few days, or combine them – for example, feed your dog yogurt and give them a coconut oil massage.
Apple cider vinegar
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Spray or dab this mixture onto the itchy area. You can also add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s next bath.
The vinegar can kill germs and reduce inflammation. However, you shouldn’t use vinegar on any open skin or wounds as it can sting.
Soothing coconut oil can be massaged into the itchy area. It’s also great for dry skin. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and is moisturizing. It’s also full of good fats, and is safe for your dog to consume, so you can add a quarter teaspoon to their food once a day if they often have dry skin.
Turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory, can be made into a paste with a little water. Smear it on the affected area and reapply when necessary. It should reduce the itch and swelling.
Yogurt is great at promoting the growth of ‘good’ bacteria and improving digestion. Give your dog a teaspoon a day. This especially helps with fungal skin infections.
You can soothe your dog’s itching with a tea bath. Let them soak in a bath with four or five teabags. Try chamomile tea or green tea. Dabbing a wet tea bag onto the area three times a day can also help. It reduces swelling and dries the area out.
Oatmeal baths are a great treatment for dry skin, eczema, and itching for humans and dogs alike. Put a half a cup or three-quarters of a cup of oatmeal in a clean sock or old stocking. Tie the end of the sock or stocking and add it to your bath. Allow the oatmeal to seep into the bath. It sounds strange, but it works really well.
Preventing itching in dogs with home remedies
A healthy diet is the best way to prevent various illnesses in dogs. They might be eating something that they’re allergic to, which can cause rashes. A poor diet can also weaken their immune system, and diets high in sugar can ‘feed’ yeast infections on the skin.
Certain detergents can cause itching. The detergent you use to wash your dog’s bedding, doghouse, and even your floors and carpets, can irritate the skin.
Of course, one of the most common causes of itching and scratching in dogs is fleas. Use flea treatments when needed and vacuum often to reduce the number of fleas in your home. Ask your local vet to recommend a safe, effective flea treatment.
Anxiety and boredom are common causes of excessive scratching in dogs.
- Walk your dog frequently, allowing them time to sniff new smells
- Give them fun toys
- Do a few minutes of training with your dog every day
- Play fetch and other games with them
- Reduce stressful noises and stressful events around them
Supplements, such as essential fatty acids, can improve your pet’s skin health. Before trying any supplements, talk to your vet about supplements they might need.
CBD oil for itching in dogs
CBD oil is derived from hemp and cannabis plants. It works by affecting the endocannabinoid system, which exists in every mammal, including human beings and dogs. CBD is a well-known anti-inflammatory that can soothe itching.
One of the most common causes of itching in dogs is allergies. Allergic contact dermatitis – that is, allergic skin rashes – can be incredibly itchy and painful for your pup. A 2007 study showed that the endocannabinoid system is linked to allergic contact dermatitis. This suggested that CBD can treat allergic skin reactions.
More recently, a 2012 study looked at the effects of CBD on dogs with atopic dermatitis. The study showed that CBD reduced itching, swelling, and redness. While it needs to be studied further, it seems that CBD can treat itching in dogs.
CBD can also soothe anxiety, another common cause of excessive scratching in dogs. Always speak to your vet before giving your dog CBD.
When to see a vet
It’s a good idea to take your dog to the vet if:
- The scratching is incessant
- The scratching doesn’t go away after trying home remedies
- The scratching keeps returning
- The skin ends up infected and open
- Your dog’s behavior is changing
Before giving your dog CBD or other supplements, you should take them to the vet. The vet can help you find the root cause of your dog’s itching and treat it effectively. They will also be able to figure out whether your dog has an underlying health problem, such as an anxiety disorder or an immune system problem.