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Natural Remedies for Your Itchy Dog

The ultimate list of itchy skin remedies!

May 10, 2021

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You decide to take your fur baby out for a breath of fresh air, only to find that your dog can’t stop scratching herself after an exciting frolick outdoors. Sound familiar? Itchy skin is one of the most common reactions to allergens or other irritants and can happen year-round for a variety of reasons ranging from seasonal allergies to contact with plants like poison ivy. Luckily, there are some readily accessible but natural remedies to help provide relief to your itchy dog. Read on to find out what natural remedies are available for dogs suffering from itchiness. 

1. Aloe Vera

If you’ve ever used aloe vera for a sunburn, you know firsthand the cooling effects it can have on your skin. This is because aloe vera helps draw heat away from the surface of the skin while also providing much needed moisture. Aloe vera works on itchy or irritated skin for the same reasons and can be applied directly onto your dog’s skin to treat affected areas.

A Balanced Diet Including Superfoods

Superfoods like raw honey have naturally antioxidant properties that can help alleviate inflammation as well as provide immune support. Raw honey is a great ingredient to keep on hand, because it can be consumed and used topically! Subscribe to Greenwell Pet to get a regular delivery of goods with superfood ingredients such as K9 Honey’s Allergy Relief for Dogs delivered right to your doorstep.

3. Oatmeal Baths

By oatmeal bath, we don’t mean bathing your dog in the cooked oats you have for breakfast. An oatmeal bath is made by pouring ½ a cup of oat powder into the bath and mixing into the water until completely dissolved. Since oatmeal can cause some dogs to have a reaction, you might first want to try a grooming product that has oatmeal as a main ingredient.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut is another superfood that can be either consumed or used topically to help remedy itchy skin. Add coconut oil to your dog’s food for immune support or apply as a salve to soothe itchy and irritated skin. Bonus: Like raw honey, it’s safe for dogs to consume if your pup continues to lick or groom their itchy spots!

5. Herbal Tea Soaks

Green tea, chamomile, and calendula are teas that are known for their antioxidant properties, which calm irritated skin. All you have to do is steep the tea bags in the bath for three minutes before removing. Then, dry your dog off after five minutes of soaking in the tub. No need to rinse!

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

A diluted mix of apple cider vinegar and water can be used as a spray on itchy skin. Vinegar has powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Never spray on any open wounds or raw skin such as hot spots, as vinegar can make symptoms worse. Instead, use this spray for itchy paws (that have no sores) to help minimize itching while preventing overgrooming.

7. Epsom Salt Soak

An epsom salt soak can help reduce any swelling or inflammation associated with itchiness. Be sure to rinse your dog after she has been soaking for five minutes. We recommend following up with a calming balm on affected areas for maximum itch relief.

Keep your pup’s itches at bay by subscribing to Greenwell Pet Box, which has included treats made with ingredients like raw honey, coconut oil, and other superfoods as well as grooming products that feature ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter. Try out these natural remedies and more with a monthly subscription box of holistic goodies to support your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. Or, check out our past boxes to find the right combination of products for your dog!

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