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. These 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, Curcumin, 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 that can block free radicals and replenish lipids in your dog’s skin. Many veterinarians will recommend that your dog should eat small amounts of vitamin E though it can also be applied topically.
2. Oatmeal Bath
Many dog shampoos contain oatmeal; it is an extremely effective treatment for dogs with dry and 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 a 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
Dogs and humans use Epsom salt for its healing and soothing qualities. If your dog has dry or tender skin, try an Epsom salt bath to ease the pain.
- Add roughly 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 use coconut oil on your dog's skin about once a week, let it absorb for roughly 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe away any excess.
Curcumin can be made into a paste and applied to your dog's skin. Curcumin is known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, with relatively minor side effects.
Is there a way to naturally get rid of fleas on my dog?
Apple Cider Vinegar/ Baking Soda – This is an excellent 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 – Use topical CBD treatments for dogs with skin irritation, hot spots, or irritation caused by fleas thanks to the effect 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. People may use CBD for dogs with skin allergies, skin irritation, and even dry skin.
Read how CBD Oil For Dogs may be right for your furry friend.
We've found CBD oil can promote healthy skin!
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