There are many dog itchy skin remedies available. You just need to figure out which one you need. Sometimes, the itchy skin can be caused by a simple allergy. Other times, it may be due to something more serious. Some remedies are fairly simple like a dog allergy shampoo. Other times, you may need to do more work to fix the problem.
First off, you should know that itchy skin is a common problem for dogs. It can be brought on by a variety of things such as allergies, fleas, dog food, or infections. You don’t always have to go see a vet, but if the problem looks serious, it might be a good idea. Most of the time though, there are things you can do around the house that will help.
There are numerous home remedies available to alleviate the itch. This might be a cream or shampoo, or it might involve making a change in the dog’s environment.
There are various products available to help your dog. There are products designed to moisturize the skin. For example, there is calendula extract. This is usually available at various health food stores. It is basically a topical liquid. It helps the dog by soothing his skin. It also has antibacterial effects. It can be applied by drops or with a brush. Make sure the brush is soft.
Some vitamins will also help such as vitamin E. This will help moisturize his skin. It can be applied in a gel form directly to the skin, or it can be cleverly hidden in his food. Just put the pill in the food so he will be very likely to eat it without knowing it. Otherwise, he may avoid it. It’s no fun looking at an empty dog dish with a single vitamin still in there, so make sure to he will most likely swallow it as he eats normally.
Your dog may also find fish oil to be soothing. It is available as a capsule or in liquid form. You may find it easier to simply gently rub the fish oil on the affected area. Don’t let him lick it back off. If he does lick it off every time, you can try putting liquid in his drink or a capsule in his food. It’s up to you.
There are other things you can try as well such as oatmeal. Mix the oatmeal with water an gently rub it onto your dog’s skin. It should help to relieve some of the dryness and itchiness. Try to leave it on for ten minutes or so. Then, simply wash it off with warm water. You may need to monitor the dog to make sure he doesn’t lick it off during this time.
Another solution is tea tree oil. It is an antiseptic. Basically, what it does is keep allergens off the dog’s skin. It can be applied by brushing or spraying on. Unlike other solutions I have discussed so far, this solution is designed more to prevent allergies rather than fix them, but it will still help even after he gets itchy skin. Keep reapplying the oil every other day or so to keep the dog from being affected again by allergies.
Of course, there are other things you can do as well. Trying to minimize pollen or dust mites can help prevent the dog from being affected in the first place. Most skin conditions are brought on by something in the environment. I have discussed some other ways to improve the dog’s environment in other articles, so there’s no need to go over it again. Just remember that there is more than one way to cure dog itchy skin problems.