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CBD For Your Dog's Itchy Skin 

This page provides additional info on itchy skin for dogs and how CBD may help relieve your pup’s skin issues. For an overview of how CBD may treat your dog’s various ailments, you can find more info here.  

Itchiness is usually a symptom and can indicate a larger underlying health problem. A rash may be temporary (if your dog decides that running through a bush of poison ivy is a fun idea), or it could indicate a variety of more chronic but common ailments such as allergies or eczema. Before using CBD products for your dog’s skin problems, it’s best to consult with your vet to make sure you understand what the underlying problem is.

If your pup’s skin doesn’t clear up after a week of using CBD products to relieve itchiness or gets worse, consult with your vet to see how you can further treat your dog’s underlying issues.

What causes itchy skin in dogs? What are some symptoms?  

Some of the most common causes for itchy skin in dogs are:  

• Fleas or mites

• Hot spots 

• Allergies 

• Eczema 

• Fungal infections (e.g. ringworms) 

• Weather changes (e.g. dry indoor environment during winter due to heater use)

• Sensitivity to certain grooming products 

Symptoms of itchy skin:

• Alopecia (hair loss) 

• Red and/or flaky skin 

• Excessive licking and/or scratching

• Lesions from scratching and/or licking

• Scabs

• Rashes or hives

Itchy skin can result in a variety of symptoms that are not dissimilar from those in humans. You can expect the typical scratching and red or dry skin. Additionally, dogs will often have hair loss around the affected area, which may be exacerbated by licking and scratching. This can also lead to scabs and lesions. If the underlying issue is a food allergy, you may notice that your dog is also having loose stool, diarrhea, and/or vomiting.

Sometimes, the location of the itching and scratching can help give you a clue about the cause. Fleas tend to congregate at the base of the tail, behind the ears, or between the shoulder blades. Mites are often found in ear canals and you might see your doggie trying to reach the inside of their ears rather than scratching the general area rapidly. Other conditions like eczema tend to be spread out but can be seen on places like the belly or between skin folds. 

How can itchy skin in dogs be treated? 

There are a couple of options when it comes to treating itchy skin. Again, consult with your vet to make sure you are addressing the underlying cause of the itchiness. While CBD products can be helpful in various ways, some problems like ringworm cannot be treated with CBD alone. Finding out the actual cause will also help you find out what form of CBD will be the most beneficial for your pup.  

If your pup’s skin doesn’t clear up after a week of use or gets worse, consult with your vet to see how you can further treat your dog’s underlying issues.

For instance, if your dog has a mild case of fleas but seems to pace more than scratch, she may be more anxious than itchy. If so, perhaps CBD oil or treats would be more beneficial than a topical cream.

Does your dog seem to have itchy skin only in the winter or in the summer? Generally, winter’s dry climate and heaters used during colder months can dry out skin. Though this is not known to be a serious problem, if it is untreated it may become more severe and escalate from simple itchiness and redness to scaly skin and scabbing from scratching. Humid environments during the summer can also cause a problem if your dog has sensitive skin, and some may even be allergic to humidity! On top of using CBD creams or balms, you can also use a humidifier (during winter) or a dehumidifier (during summer) to prevent occurrences and hasten recovery.

Topical CBD products often contain ingredients that help soothe itchiness and irritation, such as coconut or aloe vera. Other helpful ingredients include: oatmeal, certain essential oils, and clay. Be aware that alcohol can exacerbate dry skin, so look carefully at product labels even if they contain these otherwise helpful ingredients. 

How does CBD help with itchy skin?  

We all know what it’s like to have a bug bite or rash that starts with a tingling sensation that gradually gets worse as you continue to scratch and focus on it. This is true for dogs too! There are two specific ways CBD can be helpful for relieving itchiness or skin problems. It may soothe the skin as well as address the restlessness that comes with itchiness. Unlike other medications, CBD can calm help the nerves that come with excessive itchiness. CBD may also bring relief by helping to break the vicious cycle of licking or scratching itchy skin, which can cause irritated skin or hot spots that lead to continued scratching and more painful skin reactions.

Once your pup is less focused on her skin, she will likely scratch less thus allowing her skin time to heal. This will help remedy one of the biggest problems that comes with itchy skin--excessive scratching and licking!

As for the direct benefits of CBD for skin issues, studies “indicate the endocannabinoid system, which is positively stimulated by CBD, can help to regulate the health of the skin.” Products such as CBD balms and creams can provide the typical relief that other balms and creams do, with the added benefit of having CBD to help with your dog’s overall skin health.

CBD can be a helpful addition to your dog’s usual regimen for itchy skin because it comes in a variety of forms and may address multiple symptoms at once. But be sure to check in with your vet especially if you are thinking of administering more than one form of CBD or if your dog is taking any other medication. Check out our store to see some products that can help relieve your dog’s itchy skin!

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