Dry skin, hot weather, allergies, even the wrong diet, yes – all can become easy cause for your dogs to suffer from itchy skin. No worries though, we got you covered with these 8 natural ways on how you can treat dry and itchy skin in dogs.
Do an oatmeal bath
Oatmeal is a well-known remedy to soothe itchy skin thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from being non-toxic, oatmeal is a delicious treat for your dog so you don’t have to worry if they accidentally eat some of it upon application. To make the oatmeal bath remedy, simply grind the oatmeal and add it to warm water. Afterwards, let your dog have a good soak for at least 10 minutes.
Apple cider spray with water
Popular for its antifungal and antiseptic properties, mixing one part of apple cider vinegar to one part equal of water can help your dog keep the itch away and treat dry skin. However, only use this spray on itchy areas but NOT on open or raw skin as the solution will sting and hurt your dog.
Since some itch and dry skin among dogs are caused by yeast infections or a bad diet, giving your dog unsweetened yogurt can do the trick to improve their gut health. Some dogs can eat the yogurt on its own. But you can also mix two teaspoons with your dog’s food to help with digestion.
Iced coconut oil
As a beauty product, coconut oil is rich in antifungal and antibacterial properties that help quickly soothe bites, stings, and itch even among dogs. To soothe and relieve itchy and dry skin in dogs, store the coconut oil in the fridge until it turns solid and massage it on the affected areas.
Aside from treating sunburn with its cooling effect, aloe vera has powerful healing agents that help sooth redness and itch even in dogs. If you don’t have any aloe vera plant at home, you can always buy aloe vera gels at drugstores or groceries. Just make sure you buy the variant without any alcohol so as not to worsen your dog’s skin condition.
There are two ways how you can apply a tea soak remedy to your dog’s itchy and dry skin: have them take a bath soak or apply the tea directly into the area. Chamomile and green tea both have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that work well when applied to itchy skin. Just buy tea bags and let them steep for 3-5 minutes before using them as a bath soak or a spot treatment.
Easy to find with potent antibacterial properties, baking soda when blended with water and a little bit of coconut oil can easily dry out dry skin on dogs, reduce itching and redness, remove inflammation, and restore your dog’s skin health in just a few weeks of continuous application.
If your dog suffers from raw wounds due to scratching their itchy skin, an Epsom salt soak would be ideal to reduce the swelling and itch and speed up healing time of sores or wounds caused by continuous scratching.
Most of the time, dry and itchy skin in dogs is a minor problem so applying these natural remedies would do the trick. If not, the continuous itch may be an indication of another problem that would require your vet’s help.