We all know that dogs can get itchy skin. In fact, according to the American Society for Microbiology, up to 45% of dog owners have reported itching in their pet’s skin at some point! This usually happens when the dog has a dry coat or after they have been outside and gotten wet. Sometimes it is because of an allergic reaction to something like pollen or grasses. There are several home remedies you can try from your kitchen pantry if your dog starts scratching themselves excessively and seems uncomfortable. Here are 15 home remedies for dog's itchy skin.
Itchy skin, medically known as Pruritus, can be caused by a few different things. Many times, pet owners assume that the constant scratching is caused by fleas. While fleas will make your dog feel itchy, there are a few other causes that you need to be aware of.
Allergies, dry skin, yeast infections, and environmental irritants can also cause your dog to feel itchy. Typically, it will be a combination of these factors that will further the itchy feeling your dog has and they will be more inclined to scratch.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
No matter the main cause of your dog’s itchy skin, they will usually exhibit the same signs and symptoms. Itchy skin can affect any breed of dog, at any life stage. When your dog or puppy has itchy skin, have a look out for the following signs and symptoms:
- Non-stop scratching
- Trying to relieve the itch by rubbing against furniture or carpeting
- Dry skin
- Redness of the skin
- Sores – caused from the scratching
- Whining or pain while they scratch
- Paw chewing
- Red bumps appearing
If you are noticing one or more of these signs and symptoms of itchy skin, let your veterinarian know. It could be dog allergies from any dog food type; shampoo used with the hair coat; reaction to medication-or something much worse!
Your vet will want to help diagnose what is going on for sure so that if it’s not just an allergy they can take appropriate measures. Even if there's no diagnosis needed, talking about such a concerning issue as this at least ensures peace of mind knowing everything possible has been tried in order
Who doesn't love a good home remedy? I know you do. What's better than curing your dog's itchy skin, or giving them relief from their itching at all with some easy to find items and ingredients? Let me list the most effective homemade remedies for that nasty itch of yours!
1. Administer Vitamin E
Vitamins may be all your dog needs to stop their itchy skin. Vitamin E can help the troubled skin by providing added moisture. Vitamin E will also help to promote the healthy growth of new skin and hair in the affected areas.
- Take one Vitamin E capsule and break it open.
- Take the Vitamin E oil and place it directly on your dog’s skin.
- Gently rub the oil in and leave to fully absorb.
- Repeat twice per day until the skin has regenerated.
2. Administer Yogurt
The powerful probiotics in yogurt can help fight any unwanted bacteria in your dog. If your dog has a yeast infection, adding a plain yogurt to their diet will help to balance their digestive system as well as keep yeast infections away.
- One tub of plain, low-fat yogurt
- Measure one tablespoon of yogurt and combine with your dog’s food or allow them to lick it directly from the spoon.
- Give your dog yogurt twice per day while they have the yeast infection.
- Continue to give your dog yogurt once per day to maintain a healthy digestive system.
3. Administer a Chamomile and Herbal Tea Soak
A nice warm soak combined with the healing powers of herbs can help your dog significantly. The herbal tea and chamomile will calm the itchy feeling and soothe your dog’s skin. If your dog is gnawing at its paws or scratching their back constantly, this home remedy can help in a snap.
- Chamomile Tea Bags
- Green Tea
- Calendula Tea
- Spray Bottle
- Hot Water
- Draw a bath for your dog and add the herbal teas to the water.
- Allow them to steep for three minutes before removing.
- Place your dog in the bath and let them soak in the water for at least five minutes.
- You do not have to rinse, just dry.
- Repeat daily until they are no longer itchy.
Notes: If your dog does not like baths, you can simple make the tea on the stove, allow it to cool, and add it to a spray bottle. From there, you can directly spray your dog in the affected areas twice per day until they are no longer itchy.
4. Bathe Your Dog with Ground Oatmeal
An oatmeal bath is often recommended for anyone with itchy and dry skin. The same goes for dogs. Oatmeal is a very gentle way to soothe the itchy and dry skin while at the same time providing much needed moisture.
- Warm water
- 1 ½ cups of unflavored oats
- Draw a warm bath for your dog and add the oats.
- Place your dog in the bath and allow them to soak in the oatmeal bath for at least five minutes.
- Rinse away the oats from their fur, but do not over rinse.
- Repeat once daily while your dog has itchy skin.
5. Administer Evening Primrose Oil
This essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and its anti-itch properties. You can apply evening primrose oil directly or give it to your dog orally. If you decide to give it to your dog orally, just a few drops mixed in with their food will do the trick. Otherwise, follow the steps below.
- Apply a few drops of the evening primrose oil directly to your dog’s skin.
- Repeat each day until their itching is gone.
Notes: Ingesting the evening primrose oil will also give your dog an immune boost.
6. Administer an Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salt will help to soothe your dog’s itchy skin, as well as reducing the swelling caused by sores and any inflammation. Epsom salt will also help increase the recovery time of your dog’s itchy skin, especially when it is combined with other home remedies.
- Draw a warm bath for your dog and add one heaping cup of Epsom Salt.
- Place your dog in the bath and allow them to soak for at least five minutes before rinsing and removing.
- Repeat daily until your dog is no longer itchy.
7. Administer a Eucalyptus Conditioner
Eucalyptus is a wonderful moisturizer and skin soother. Eucalyptus will help to calm the itchy and irritated skin and promote the growth of healthier skin and hair. In addition, Eucalyptus will also kill and repel fleas.
- 1 teaspoon of dried Eucalyptus
- 1 pint of water
- Bring the water to a boil and add the Eucalyptus.
- Boil, covered, for ten minutes before removing from the heat and allowing to cool.
- Once cooled, place your dog in a bath and pour the Eucalyptus water all over your dog as their final bath rinse.
- Gently rub into your dog’s skin and fur.
- Remove your dog from the bath and gently dry your dog, leaving the Eucalyptus conditioner on their skin and fur.
- Repeat every other day until your dog is no longer itchy.
8. Brushing Your Dog
Giving your dog a daily brush will help to reduce the amount of oil and hair build up, while at the same time helping to remove any debris. A good brushing each day can help to eliminate and control itchy skin.
- Brush your dog from their head to their tail, gently.
- Make sure to brush their entire body several times.
- Repeat each day and continue to brush your dog daily for optimal health.
9. Administer Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a high fat content that helps promote healthy skin and hair.
- One jar of organic coconut oil.(It may be in solid form, but that is normal in cool or cold conditions)
- Measure 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon (depending on the size of your dog).
- Combine with your dog’s meal, once per day.
- Administer each day while your dog has itchy skin.
Notes: This home remedy can be given to your dog each day, even after the itchy skin has cleared up.
10. Directly Apply an Aspirin Mix
While this home remedy should absolutely not be ingested by your dog, it can work wonders for your dog’s skin when directly applied. The aspirin will help soothe any sores and inflammation your dog may be experiencing from the scratching. This home remedy will work best when used alongside other home remedies.
- 2 aspirin tablets
- Rubbing alcohol
- Crush the aspirin tablets and combine with a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
- Place the mixture directly onto the affected areas and allow it to absorb in your dog’s skin for at least five minutes.
- Rinse the mixture from your dog. (I recommend using one of the baths or soaks from this list).
- Repeat each day while your dog has any sores, redness, and/or inflammation caused from scratching.
Notes: Do not allow your dog to lick the mixture.
11. Directly Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy cure all. In the case of herbal remedies, the apple cider vinegar works in multiple ways. It can soothe your dog’s skin as well as fight against any bacteria that could be causing the itch.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Mix 50/50 of the water and the apple cider vinegar into the spray bottle.
- Shake gently to combine and spray directly onto the affected areas of your dog.
- Repeat twice per day until your dog is no longer itchy.
12. Directly Apply Baking Soda
Baking soda will help to instantly soothe your dog’s itchiness. It can be applied directly, as noted below, or you can add one heaping cup of it to your dog’s bath should your dog be itchy all over.
- Baking soda
- Combine 50/50 of the baking soda and the water to create a paste. It should be thick, so add more baking soda or water as needed.
- Directly apply the paste to your dog’s affected areas and gently rub it in.
- Allow the paste to remain on your dog’s skin for 20 minutes before rinsing.
- Repeat each day until your dog is no longer itchy.
13. Directly Apply a Natural Skin Tonic
This natural skin tonic is lemon based, which is great for repelling fleas. It will also act as a gentle, yet powerful skin toner to bring balance back to your dog’s irritated skin.
- Slice the lemon in thin pieces.
- Add the slices, with the rinds, to a pot of water.
- Bring the water to a boil and allow the lemon to steep in the boiled water overnight.
- Once the water has cooled in the morning, you can dip the sponge in the water.
- Directly apply the sponge to your dog and allow the lemon infused water to air dry.
- Repeat once per day until your dog no longer has fleas or is itchy.
14. Directly Apply a Natural Flea Powder
Fleas are a major pest and can cause severe itching in your dog. The following herbal flea powder will eliminate and repel fleas, even if the infestation is severe.
- Dried rosemary
- Dried fennel
- Dried rue
- Dried Eucalyptus
- Dried wormwood
- Dried yellowdock root
- Container that will allow you to sprinkle the mixture onto your dog.
- Combine all the herbs into the cleaned container and shake well to fully combine.
- Sprinkle the mixture all over your dog, in small amounts, working from the head to the tail.
- Place your dog outside so that the repelled fleas do not infest your home.
- Repeat 3-5 times per week to fully eliminate the fleas.
15. Bathe Your Dog with an Essential Oil Shampoo
Essential oils can moisturize and calm your dog’s skin. When you combine the essential oil shampoo with a vinegar rinse, you are giving your dog a powerful punch for itchy and dry skin.
- Add a couple of drops of each or just one of the essential oils to the natural shampoo.
- Bathe your dog and rinse with warm water.
- Follow the first rinse by a second rinse with vinegar (1 tablespoon to 1 pint of water)
- Allow your dog to dry.
- Repeat every other day until your dog no longer has itchy skin.
Soothing and calming your dog’s itchy skin is important to prevent them from constant itching and discomfort. With the help of these home remedies you can help bring your dog back to their normal state as soon as possible. Have you used a home remedy for your dog’s itchy skin? How did it help your dog?
I know that home remedies have worked wonders for my pet, so I am here to share what has helped me with itchy skin. What’s your go-to remedy?