Forget Chemicals and Medicines – Try Natural Remedies To Stop Dog Itching 6

natural dog itching remedies

Natural ingredients can work wonders in helping to ease that itchy feeling.

There are many natural dog itching remedies that provide immediate relief for your dog’s itchy skin until you find his problem (nutrition, allergies, fleas, mange, anxiety).

All natural products are just safer for your pet, your family and the environment. There are several types of remedies, from salves to bathes, to help with your dog’s constant scratching.




What To Look For In Natural Itching Remedies

Below are some of the more common natural extracts and oils used in natural remedies AS TOPICALS to stop dog itching, help with dog skin allergies, condition the skin, and keep the skin from getting infected.

 

  • Calendula: anti-bacterial agent that also has a quick, soothing itchy dog skin relief to irritated skin.
  • Peppermint: acts as an antiseptic agent; also soothes itchy skin and acts as a natural insect repellent. Only use oils that are designated for canines (typically a lower concentration).
  • Colloidal Oatmeal: has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that helps reduce the “need to scratch” dog itchy skin.
  • Flowers of Sulfur: mild anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent that also helps relieve itching. Mix with oil (like vegetable oil) and rub gently into coat.
  • Aloe Vera: brings immediate cooling relief to fleabites and helps reduce itching and dog dry skin. Aloe contains minerals, proteins and enzymes that help soften the coat and soothe the skin.
  • Marshmallow: has been used since ancient times and is used as an anti-inflammatory to soothe and heal surface irritations to the skin.
  • Neem: the Neem tree is known as the ‘Heal All’ tree in India; neem acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-protozoal and anti-viral. Only use oils that are designated for canines (typically a lower concentration).
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: helps alleviate skin conditions such as irritation, flea bites and mange; also helps to control bacterial infections and parasites. Only use extracts that are designated for canines (typically a lower concentration).
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil: a powerful anti-septic and anti-fungal agent which does not irritate the skin, it relieves pain and disinfects; also soothes insect bites. Only use oils that are designated for canines (typically a lower concentration).

 

When looking for all-natural dog itching remedies, you definitely want to see many of these compounds in the ingredient list for the maximum itch relief for your dog. The most popular contain one or more of the following: Calendula, Tea Tree Oil, Neem, and Aloe Vera.

 

Topical Dog Itching Remedies

HappyTailsSpa Itchin' for Relief

Made with calendula and oatmeal extract, dog owners LOVE this product to help stop all the itching and scratching.

To provide immediate relief for your dog’s itching, try using a topical, such as an oil, lotion, or spray. These types of itching treatments should be a definite weapon in your arsenal for dog allergy remedies.

Topical remedies are applied to exactly where your baby is scratching and usually start working within minutes to help with most dog skin problems. Most contain moisturizers as well to help condition the skin.

You can either purchase or make your own home remedies for itchy dogs, it is more a matter of convenience and comfort level. See above for detailed information on different types of ingredients you should look for in dog itchy skin remedies.

 

Baths: Complete Body Relief For A Dog Itchy Skin

Comfy Dog Oatmeal Shampoo

Comfy Dog contains human-grade colloidal oatmeal to calm your dog’s sensitive, itchy skin.

If your dog is itching pretty much all over, try using a natural dog shampoo, specifically a colloidal oatmeal shampoo, with cool to lukewarm water once a week. This is considered one of the best natural remedy for itching.

Colloidal oatmeal is recognized by the FDA as an ingredient to soothe and condition the skin and help ease the itchy feeling to stop dog scratching.

Make sure you leave the shampoo on for around 10 minutes and then rinse well. If your dog is still itching severely, bathe him twice a week.

Bathing Tips:

  • Shampoo residue can be a cause of dog itchy skin. Always make sure to rinse your dog well after any bathing.
  • As long as you are using the correct kind of dog shampoo for your dog’s skin type, frequent bathes will not dry out his skin.
  • Do not use a hair dryer on a heat setting, this will further irritate the skin.
  • Pat dry with towel, do not rub, this will only irritate the skin more.

Brushing: For A Healthy Coat

Brushing stimulates the hair follicles to produce more oil. It also helps to spread the oil along your dog’s coat. However, make sure to brush gently and not pull at any tangles or mattes as this will aggravate the skin.

If you think dog skin allergies due to seasonal allergens (like pollen) are a problem, then daily brushing will help greatly in reducing his allergy symptoms. Brushing your dog will help remove some of the pollen that collects in their coat.

 

Nutrition: Cure Dog Itching From The Inside Out

Nutrition plays a huge part in eliminating and preventing dog itchy skin.

Improper nutrition leads to a frazzled immune system, which leads to all sorts of problems, from not being able to fight mange to increased allergy symptoms. And if you feed your dog regular commercial dog food, he very well might not be getting the nutrition he so desperately needs.

One of the best home remedies for dog allergies starts with dog food — you may want to try a hypoallergenic dog food to help cure your dog’s constant itching.

But there are also dog supplements for overall health and ones targeted for your dog’s skin that you can add to your dog food to cure your dog’s itchy skin once and for all.

 

Immediate Relief vs. Permanent Relief

Remember though, that while you want to help your dog right now with their itching, you really need to also go after what is making them so itchy.

If your dog is itching due to fleas, then proceed with a straight-forward attack – get rid of the fleas.

But a dog itching no fleas can be because of emotional/psychological problems, allergies, mange, or even a nutrition deficiency. You need to figure out which area to concentrate on first.

Whatever it is, treating the underlying problem, not just the symptom, is always the best thing to do for your furry friend.

 

Bottom Line: You CAN Help Your Dog Stop Scratching

These natural remedies for itching, with the exception of nutrition, only bring temporary relief to your dog. You need to find and correct the underlying problem:

food/nutrition
dog allergies
mange
fleas
emotional/anxiety

that is causing the problem to permanently stop all the itching.

But don’t worry, you CAN find the problem and you CAN put an end to your dog’s troublesome itching. It just takes a little time. Until then, use natural dog itching remedies to give your baby the relief they so desperately need!


6 Comments

Viviane says:

My 2 Pomeraines were just groomed and they are scooting all over the floor and yelping as though they were in pain. They seem to be scooting on the floor on their anal opening. What can we do to help them?


StopDogItching says:

Scooting is usually due to blocked anal glands, but it is rather strange that it happened to both after grooming. It may be that something that they used aggravated their bottoms. I would try bathing them in just warm water to try to get anything off of their bodies. If they keep scooting, you probably need to get them examined by your vet.


jessica says:

All three of my moms dog are itching bront to vet nothing is working .1 of them is looseing weight.could this be mange


StopDogItching says:

If you took them to the vet, hopefully they would have checked for mange. While loosing weight isn’t a direct symptom of mange, if your dog is miserable enough, they may not feel like eating – be it from mange or whatever.

Try supplying some good supplements to help with their immune system and the health of their skin and coat. Missing Link is a great supplement for that, or try adding in some high quality fish oil. While you may see some improvement in a couple of weeks, it will probably be minor. Wait a month before deciding if this is helping at all.

Of course, if any of them are getting worse at any time, or your one dog doesn’t stop losing weight, you should bring them back to your vet, as it may be something more serious.


Sheryl says:

I was told by my by several vets. that Aloe Vera is TOXIC to dogs and cats!


StopDogItching says:

Aloe Vera is considered toxic to dogs, if ingested. The most common symptoms of aloe vera toxicity in dogs is vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and depression.

This warning is applied more towards your dog eating an aloe leaf, as many people have them as house plants. There are two parts to the aloe: the latex, which is just under the skin of the leaf, and the gel, which is the mushy part in the center of the leaf. The gel is considered safe as a topical for dogs. The latex is sometimes used as a laxative ingredient for humans.

Applying it to the skin should not pose any great threat (source: Mar Vista Animal Medical Center) – however, if your dog is a ‘licker’ after you put something on them, then you may want to steer clear of it, just to be safe.


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