With seasonal changes in temperatures, length of day, and precipitation, you’ve probably realized over the years that changing up your own skin care regimen is necessary throughout the year. This can also be necessary for our pets, as the outside and environmental factors impacting their skin and coats can cause some pretty serious dryness and other uncomfortable dermal conditions. Of course, changes in weather aren’t the only reason your pup might be itchy. As we start gearing up for summer, seasonal shedding, lawn care products, pesticides, bugs, hot spots or sores and allergens can open the door for a very itchy dog! We’ve put together a few good itchy dog remedies to help your dogs get some relief.
Itchy dog remedies – How to stop my dog from itching
Often, bouts of itching and scratching in dogs and cats are moderate and probably temporary. Just like people, some pets can be more prone to dryness, allergens or other skin issues, whether chronically or periodically. Also like with people, there are two parts to this puzzle: diet, and topical remedies.
There’s no doubt diet can provide a strong foundation to resist ongoing issues, and help your dog’s overall health. It can even work pretty darn quickly in alleviating discomfort and to start healing. However, nothing is quite as instant as topical remedies to help your itchy dog get more comfortable in the event of a flare up or sudden contact with allergens. So while you work on his diet, here are some natural tips to help stop the itchy dog from scratching.
- Vitamin E – Just like rubbing a bit of vitamin E on your dry or irritated skin alleviates itchy dry skin, it can be beneficial for your dog or cat, too.
- Oatmeal baths – Oatmeal has age old healing and soothing properties. While it can be a little messy — whether you’re making a bath to dip your pup in, or you make a paste and apply directly — it can offer cool and calming relief when hives, rashes or other dry spots pop up.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – From ingesting to applying directly, people have been using apple cider vinegar forever to help with a multitude of ailments. A mixture of 50/50 water and apple cider vinegar sprayed or soaked on an affected area can help dry out hot spots, clear up rashes and assist in bad bacteria or toning down allergens on the skin and coat.
- Coconut oil – Both ingested and applied topically, coconut oil for dogs has health benefits that can’t be beat. Beyond being a great moisturizer for dry, flaky skin, it has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help with flea allergies, eczema and contact dermatitis.
- Essential Oils – Most notably, essential oils like lavender, tea tree and calendula have impressive anti-inflammatory properties. It’s important to note, however, that if you’re inspired to try essential oils as a remedy, you start with a test patch to ensure your pet isn’t allergic. Also, please note that tea tree oil can be toxic when ingested. Might want to skip that one, unless you’re sure they (or other dogs) can’t lick the affected area after application.
Supplements for an Itchy Dog
Taking your dog’s nutritional needs seriously is a major key to a long, healthy and vibrant life.
While feeding a complete, healthy and nutritious diet is a great way to combat your pet’s health issues on its own, sometimes the help of quality supplements can help support your pet’s health even further. An effective way to give your itchy dogs some long-term relief is by proactively helping their systems manage allergens and dryness before those issues even come up. Products like our Vital Planet Skin and Coat chewable tablets can help combat seasonal allergies, as well as provide support for healthy skin and coats – it can also help reduce shedding! In addition, multi-strain and high-potency probiotics promote a healthy gut, which beyond the direct benefits with digestion, can additionally have a positive impact on skin and coat health. And don’t forget the far-reaching benefits of omega-3 supplementation… one of the most reported is skin and coat health.
There are countless reasons your pet might be itchy, so if it doesn’t seem to be clearing up with your remedies or dietary supplements, be sure to check in with your veterinarian.