Itchy skin, medically known as pruritus if often a sign that the dog has fleas. Other reasons that a dog may be scratching could be allergy, dry skin, a yeast infection or their diet.
Chemical irritants, plant toxins, insects, parasites and a whole host of other pet health issues may also be to blame. As the constant itching and scratching can lead to hair loss, trauma and severe skin infections, it is recommended to identify and deal with the problem as soon as possible.
To help calm your dog’s constant scratching, you can try these simple and effective home remedies.
Raw non-filtered apple cider vinegar is one of the best treatments for dogs suffering itchy skin. Apple cider vinegar solution restores the acidity of the pet's skin, and help kill the pathogen and reduce itching.
-Please pour the same water as the raw apple cider vinegar into the spray bottle. Mix it to the shake ingredients. Spray all the solution on the dog's coat. Please dry it alone. Depending on the severity of itching it is necessary to use once or twice a day.
Vitamin E moisturizes the skin and relieves itching. Oil encourages new skin and hair growth in affected areas.
-Break open 1 or 2 vitamin E capsules and extract the oil. The quantity needed depends upon the size of your pet. Rub the oil directly on your dog’s skin, so that it gets fully absorbed into the skin.
-Repeat 2 or 3 times a day until the itchiness has stopped.
Regardless of whether it is used orally or locally, coconut oil may be the answer to your dog's itchy skin. The high fat content of coconut oil moisturizes the skin and promotes healthy skin and hair growth. Given orally, coconut oil also helps boost your dog's immune system.
-To apply locally, use half cup of extra-virgin coconut oil and rub the mixture on your dog’s itchy spots. Do it twice daily.
-To administer orally, mix between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil (depending on the size of your dog) into your dog’s meal. Do it once a day while your dog has itchy skin.
When itching skin is due to yeast infection, yogurt is a good treatment. Low fat or probiotic yogurt balances good bacteria in the dog's intestines and helps to prevent yeast infection. Yoghurt will also improve your pet's immune system. Also, when applied topically, yogurt smoothes the skin and dries it.
-To apply topically, gently rub some plain yogurt on your dog’s skin. Leave it on for a few hours, then rinse it out with lukewarm water. Repeat once daily.
-To administer orally, feed your dog plain yogurt once daily for a few weeks. The quantity depends upon the size of your dog. Use 1 teaspoon for small dogs and up to 3 tablespoons for big dogs.
Because it is very acidic, lemon can kill microscopic parasites that lead to dog itching skin. It also helps to heal inflamed and broken skin.
-Thinly slice a whole lemon, including the rind and steep it overnight in 3 to 4 cups of water.
-Use it to give your pet a sponge bath.
-Allow the it to air-dry. Do this once daily.
Oatmeal baths can help pets as well as humans to deal with itching skin. Oatmeal relaxes, nourishes, enriches your pet's skin, reduces itching and makes your pet comfortable.
-Add 2 cups of ground oatmeal to a big tub filled with warm water.
-Bathe your dog in the oatmeal bath for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
-Rinse away the oats with warm water.
-Repeat once daily while your dog has itchy skin.
Baking soda is another treatment that can help relieve itch from your dog. Because of its anti-inflammatory nature, it exerts a gentle effect on the skin. It also functions as a natural acid neutralizer to help relieve itching.
- Add 1 cup of baking soda to your dog’s bathwater. Bathe your pet in this water for 10 minutes, then rinse their coat with clean water. Do it once daily.
-For localized itching, prepare a thick paste using equal amounts of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the affected areas of your dog’s skin. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse it off using lukewarm water. Repeat once daily.
Aspirin should not be taken by dogs but it can be topically applied to stop itching. Aspirin can reduce burning sensation caused by skin itch.
-Take 2 aspirin tablets. Thoroughly mix the powder with a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
-Apply it directly on the affected skin using cotton swabs. Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse it off using lukewarm water.
-Repeat once daily until the itchiness stops.