The Best Home Remedies for Dogs with Skin Issues, Allergies, or Itchy Skin
As a Registered Veterinary Technician I will hear questions like;
"What are the best home remedies for dogs that are itchy or have skin issues?"
Unfortunately, itchy skin can make your dog’s life miserable and the medicine either prescribed by your vet or over the counter can be expensive...it's no surprise dog owners are hunting for a natural remedy to treat their dog's itchy skin that they can make at home...
Disclaimer: We always recommend that you seek medical advice from your veterinarian for your dog, this article is not a substitute for that. The following are recommendations that have worked for us.
Luckily, there are quite a few natural remedies for itchy skin! We have put together this list of some natural, inexpensive remedies that you can try at home. Vitamin E, Oatmeal baths, Coconut Oil, Epsom Salt and by far our favorite option, CBD / Hemp Oil.
4 Home Remedies for Dogs with Skin Issues
1. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant which can block free radicals and replenish lipids in your dog’s skin. Many veterinarians will recommend that small amounts of vitamin E be given orally though it can also be applied topically to small areas of skin.
2. Oatmeal Bath
Many dog shampoo’s contain oatmeal, it is an extremely effective treatment for dogs with dry damaged skin, so much so that it is considered an active ingredient.
You can save some money by using ingredients found at your local grocery store to give your dog an oatmeal bath.
- Grind up sugar free old-fashioned oats in your blender
- Fill the bathtub with warm water
- Bath your dog in water/oatmeal bath, at least up past their legs and higher if they tolerate it. Soak for ten minutes
- Dry your dog with a towel, don’t use a hot hairdryer on damaged skin as it will only dry out even more.
3. Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt is used for both dogs and humans for its healing and soothing qualities. If your dog has dry or tender skin, try an Epsom salt bath to ease the pain.
- Add about 1/2 cup of Epsom salt per gallon of water
- Soak affected area for 10 minutes
- Rinse with fresh clean water
- Towel dry, don’t use a hot hairdryer as this could further irritate dry skin.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be applied topically to help skin conditions such as hot spots, bites or itchy and dry skin. You can apply coconut oil to your dogs skin topically about once a week, let it be absorbed for 5 – 10 minutes and then wipe off any excess.
Is there a way to naturally get rid of fleas on my dog?
Apple Cider Vinegar/ Baking Soda – This is a great natural flea remedy – sprinkle baking soda on the dog’s skin and use a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar to massage into affected areas, be sure to avoid eyes and ears. Rinse thoroughly with water.
CBD topical treatments for dogs – Topical CBD treatments can be used for dogs with skin irritation, hot spots or irritation caused by fleas thanks to the affect of the endocannabinoid system on skin health.
Can CBD Oil be used for dogs with skin issues?
Yes, CBD oil can be used for dogs with irritated skin thanks to the relationship between your dog’s endocannabinoid system and their skin. CBD positively stimulates your dog’s endocannabinoid system which can help to regulate skin health. This means that CBD oil can be used for dogs with skin allergies, skin irritation and even dry skin.
Read how CBD For Dogs may be right for your furry friend.
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