7 Home Remedies For Your Dog's Itchy Skin

Updated: Jan 28

It’s painful to see your dog suffer from itchy skin, especially when it’s a recurring issue. Pinpointing the exact cause and the best relief can be difficult for us pet parents. Like we don’t already have enough on our plates, right??


The good news is that there are some natural dog remedies you can try at home before seeing a vet or integrative pet doctor.




Natural remedies to help your furry friend with itching



Oatmeal bath: Add some ground oats to warm water and let it soak. Use it for bathing your dog. It helps in lubricating the dry, itchy areas.


NOTE: If you suspect that your dog has a yeast inflection on their skin, do not use any rinses containing grains such as oatmeal.



Apple cider vinegar and water spray: A mix of apple cider vinegar and water works successfully to help combat yeast dermatitis. Since vinegar is strong, you can use extra water to dilute it.


How to: Fill any spray bottle with 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water to prevent it burning any cuts or open wounds. Spray the effected areas.



Natural homemade skin tonic: All you need to create this superb tonic is a lemon, some water, and an applicator such as a sponge.


How to: Boil the lemon slices then let it cool in the fridge overnight. This allows healing properties, like Vitamin C, to seep out of the lemon. Use a sponge to dab it on the infected areas of your itchy dog.



Chamomile and green tea: This combination is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. If your dog is dealing with itches, try a soothing soak in a chamomile or green tea bath to help ease the discomfort.


How to:Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and leave 3-5 teabags for five minutes. Remove the tea bags and let your itchy dog soak in the mix for another five minutes.



Omegas: Omega oils for dogs are essential. Omega-3’s provide natural oils to the dog's skin. They are great anti-inflammatories and can help resolve irritations, reduce allergies, atopic dermatitis, and cholesterol. Omega-3 can be found in fish oils such as Wild Alaskan Salmon oil, which is added in all of our BetterSkin natural dog supplements. These chews help moisturize dry, itch skin. View more information about them here.


Omega-3 can be found in fish oils such as Wild Alaskan Salmon oil, which is added in all of our BetterSkin natural dog supplements. These chews help moisturize dry, itch skin. View more information about them here.

The best dog food for dry skin and coat is sardines! They are loaded with DHA and EPA omega fatty acids. You can purchase these canned at any grocery store. It's best to get the ones that are stored in water with no salt added.


Natural virgin coconut oil: This oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. You can rub coconut oil on your dog's coat and brush it through evenly. It can tremendously help with skin irritation, dry skin, hot spots, fungal infections and more.


Omega's and natural virgin coconut oil are also great home remedies for a shiny dog coat.



Causes


The first thing you should know is that licking and scratching behaviors are common in dogs and may arise for various reasons. But sometimes, they can be harmful...


Be on the lookout for the development of a 'hot spot' on your dog’s skin. A hot spot can be explained as a wet, reddish irritated area resulting from consistent chewing, licking, or rubbing. They can occur on any part of your dog's body but are often found on the head, hips, or chest. Hot spots are prone to become large and sore quickly due to continuous scratching.


There are a handful of reasons as to why your pup may be itching. It is essential to know the medical skin conditions below in order to better understand how to help your pet choose the best method of relief.


Allergies: Persistent scratching can result from allergies due to either food or environmental triggers like mold and pollen. There are chances of your pup developing contact dermatitis, a kind of skin irritation where there is an overreaction of the immune system or from a substance that caused irritation and damage to their skin.



Anxiety: Dogs manifest their anxiety or other psychological triggers by licking, chewing, or scratching behaviors, which sometimes can cause severe damage. It's important to keep an eye on these behaviors and contact a vet if they begin to do harm to themselves.



Dry Skin: Dry skin in dogs can result from various reasons such as cold weather or deficiency of fatty acids. Your dog may respond to the discomfort by licking or scratching their fur or skin in such cases.



Hormonal imbalances: Hormonal imbalances can also cause your dog to respond through scratching behaviors. Thyroid deficiency or excess of the cortisol hormone can cause superficial skin infections. As a result, you may notice bald spots, and your furry companion may scratch or chew.



Flea allergy: Excessive itchiness, hair loss, skin thickening, and redness are signs that your four-legged friend might have fleas. If you take a closer look at their skin, you may even notice these nasty little critters. To check if fleas are on your dog's skin, part their hair and examine. They are found closer to the skin, on the back, or tummy. This makes me itchy just thinking about it... but you gotta do what you gotta do.



Hypothyroid: This is a glandular complication as we mentioned above. It causes thinning of hair, hair loss, and flaky skin. It is advisable to visit your veterinarian in this case. Thyroxine helps in various functions of the dog's body, such as heart functionality, brain development, metabolism, and digestive functions.



Yeast infection: Yeast infections are common in dogs and it occurs due to a build-up of the Malassezia species of yeast on the skin. It gives irritated and itchy skin to your pet along with a foul odor. There might be greasy red spots as well. If this is the case, it's important to know that yeast feeds off of grains and sugar! A grain free diet and shampoo will help kill the infection. But please do visit your vet for guidance.



Pruritus: This is a medical term used to define a dog's incessant and uncontrollable behavior to scratch or bite its skin or hair. It is an indication of an allergy or infection.



Mange: Mites cause mange. It is of two types - Demodectic and Sarcoptic. Signs that your dog may have mange are itchy lesions, redness, crusty areas, and hair loss.


Let's do better for our pups.

Carina & Lido

Founders of BetterPup





*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor.*