An itchy dog can be a huge annoyance for pet owners. Not only do they rub themselves onto the furniture and carpet, but their incessant scratching is enough to put anyone’s nerves on edge, not to mention having sympathy for their suffering. The next time your dog’s seasonal allergies flare, try these at-home treatments.
Coconut oil is nature’s cure-all, thanks to the abundance of medium chain fatty acids. Feeding your dog a teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 lbs of body weight can help soothe irritated skin, reduce inflammation, and boost your dog’s immune system against allergens. Coconut oil can also be applied directly to your dog’s skin for instant relief.
If your dog is suffering and needs quick relief, over-the-counter Benadryl can help reduce your dog’s allergy symptoms. A dosage of 1 mg per 1 lb of your dog’s body weight is recommended, and can be given 2 – 3 times daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that kill the yeast production that causes your dog to scratch and itch. Simply fill a spray bottle with one part apple cider vinegar and one part water, and then spray the solution directly onto your dog’s problem areas. If your dog has open wounds from scratching, you can feed your pet up to a ½ teaspoon instead in order to kill the fungus from the inside out.
A simple remedy for itchy dog skin is to eliminate inflammatory ingredients from your dog’s diet. Grains (including corn and wheat), soy, fillers, and preservatives all increase the likelihood of inflammation within your dog’s body, which leaves him or her prone to developing allergic reactions to common allergens such as pollen or ragweed.
The chamomile herb is known for its calming properties in the form of tea. While giving your pet chamomile tea may be good for anxiety, spraying chilled tea onto your dog’s itchy skin can also help clear up redness and swelling. Simply brew a strong batch of tea, let it chill in the refrigerator, and then transfer it to a spray bottle.
Probiotics, such as those found in yogurt, can cure a number of ailments in dogs, including skin allergies. This form of good bacteria helps fortify your dog’s body to enable a natural line of defense against allergens and inflammation. Give your dog a tablespoon or two of plain yogurt during meals or consider purchasing a canine probiotic supplement.
If your dog has allergies that are difficult to avoid, such as grass or pollen, giving your pet frequent baths is recommended. However, most soaps are too harsh and leave your pet with dry skin, which only exacerbates the problem. A common home remedy for dog skin allergies is oatmeal paste. Finely grind oatmeal in a food processor and make a salve using water. Apply the oatmeal directly onto your dog’s skin and let it dry, then rinse away the paste.
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