10 Best Home Remedies for Itchy Skin in Dogs

10 Best Home Remedies for Itchy Skin in Dogs

Author WDF Staff


Like us, our beloved pets can develop all sorts of skin problems. Naturally, we want to help them ease the uncomfortable itching, but we might not want to take them to the vet for uncomfortable shots of corticosteroids. You can use different things to help your dog, and you might not even have to leave your home to get them. Home remedies might not always be effective, but we have compiled a list of 10 home remedies for itchy dog skin that are tested and proved. Here are the best home remedies for itchy skin in dogs.

1. Coconut oil

There is some controversy about using coconut oil for dogs. However, when it comes to helping your dog with an itch, this might be a fantastic home remedy. Coconut oil can help with bug bites, eczema, skin infections, and allergies. You can even mix a tiny bit in your dog’s kibble. Make sure you look for coconut oil brands that have “virgin,” “unrefined,” or “organic” mentioned on their labels.

coconut oil

2. Apple cider vinegar

Many dog owners know that apple cider vinegar can be used for different things. It can help clean your dog’s ears, remove odors, and help with itchy skin. Plus, it is absolutely delicious as a salad dressing. If you want to help ease your dog’s itching, you should make a 50-50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and simply spray the irritated place. This vinegar has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Apple cider vinegar

3. Colloidal oatmeal bath

Oatmeal is one of the most popular ingredients in many natural dog shampoos. This is a product used as a remedy for hundreds of years, not only on dogs. It is fantastic for soothing irritations and washing away allergens that might be causing a skin reaction. You can get ready-to-use oatmeal products or simply grind some sugar-free oatmeal you have at home. It can help with redness, itching, swelling, and inflammation.


4. Epsom salt bath

Epsom salt baths are a remedy humans use for different things like speeding up healing, relieving topical pains, and itchiness. If you didn’t know, Epsom salt baths are safe and beneficial for dogs. If your dog has itchy skin, simply draw them a bath with a quarter cup of Epsom salt for every five gallons of water. This might be tricky to measure, so make sure you know how much water your bath can hold.

5. Plain yogurt

Yogurt is something most of us consider a digestive aid. However, plain, sugar-free yogurt can help your itchy dog. With yogurt, some types of rashes, allergies, and hives can be resolved or at least remedied. Specific types of skin infections or reactions can be caused by gut problems, and if you help your dog regain their gut bacterial balance, these problems might go away on their own.

bottled yogurt

6. Aloe Vera

This is probably one of the oldest home remedies you can get. Humans put aloe vera in all sorts of products, from wet wipes to creams, ointments, and various supplements. It is absolutely fantastic for sunburns, so you shouldn’t be too surprised your dog can benefit from it as well. Aloe vera can ease some irritations and itchiness. Simply apply it directly to the affected area and let it work its magic. You can get 100% pure aloe vera in stores or harvest it directly from a plant if you have it at home.

aloe vera leaf

7. Chamomile and herbal tea soak

Chamomile and herbal tea help us with the same issues they can help our dogs with. Hot spots or itchy patches of skin can be treated with these home remedies. There are a couple of ways you can do it. Fill your sink or your dog’s tub with warm water and throw tea bags in it. Let it sit for 10 minutes and bathe your dog in it for additional 10 minutes. If you want to treat only the affected skin area, you can prepare tea and apply it. Just remember to let it cool down completely before you use it.

chamomile tea

8. Baking soda

Baking soda can do much more than help pastries rise. If your dog has a rash or an itchy spot, you can apply a thick baking soda paste directly to the affected area. You can make a paste by mixing 50% baking soda with 50% water. Mix it until you get a consistent paste. After you achieved that, apply it directly to your dog’s skin. It can quickly dry out rashes, reduce redness, and ease the irritating itchiness your dog is dealing with. You can buy baking soda in most shops, so getting it shouldn’t be a problem.

baking soda

9. Vitamin E

This might not be a home remedy per se, but it is a supplement many of us have at home. It is known for its benefits, and you can get it at most health stores or online. Look for pure vitamin E oils. You can apply it directly to the affected area and massage it softly in your dog’s skin. It should alleviate itchiness, reduce swelling, inflammation, and redness.

vitamin e pills

10. Nutrition change

If your dog eats dog food that doesn’t suit them, one of the first signs will be poor coat and skin health. Low-quality dog foods are usually the culprit, and you can help your dog by switching foods. Choose something with loads of omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. When your dog gets used to their new high-quality food, you’ll start noticing changes and improvements to their skin health as well as their overall wellbeing.

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