7 Home Remedies For Dog Skin Allergies Itching
Having dry skin is no fun—for you or your dog. It can lead to all sorts of uncomfortable conditions like itching, flaking, dandruff, scaling, shedding, and more.
Many people just grab a bottle of moisturizer whenever their skin gets dry. But that’s not really an option for dogs, leaving many owners to wonder:
How can I relieve my dog’s dry skin?
You’re in luck, because in today’s post we’re going to share 7 easy, at-home remedies you can use to soothe dry, flaky, itchy skin in your dog.
1: Try Vitamin E Oil
OK, so moisturizer isn’t a good choice for dogs. All that lotion gets stuck in their hair and can cause a great big mess…and because most of the lotion never actually gets on the dog’s skin, it doesn’t do any good anyway.
Want a better option? Try some topical vitamin E oil. This nourishing oil is well-known to be good for dry skin, and because it comes as an oil (not a lotion), it’s easy to rub into your dog’s dry skin. On top of being moisturizing, it’s also a powerful antioxidant—which means there’s no harm done if your dog decides to lick a little off of its coat.
2: Try An Oatmeal Bath
Here’s an age-old dry skin remedy you might want to try: add some oatmeal to your dog’s bath. Oatmeal has long been known as a great ingredient for skin, thanks to anti-inflammatory chemicals called avenanthramides and phenols.
First you want to grind the oatmeal down into a fine powder using a food processor or a blender. Then simply add it to your dog’s bath! Or if you dog doesn’t like baths, another option would be to simply create an oatmeal mixture, apply that to their dry skin, and leave it on for several minutes.
3: Make Sure Your Dog Drinks Enough Water
No matter what the cause of your dog’s dry skin, dehydration is always a bad thing! Making sure that your dog drinks enough water is an important step in making sure that their body has all the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy, moisturized skin.
So make sure your dog’s water bowl is never empty, and think about what you can do to encourage them to drink more. Would a fountain draw their attention to the water more often? Can you move it to a place where they’ll see it more frequently? Maybe a little exercise is all they need to make them thirsty.
4: Change Up Their Diet
Dogs need a spectrum of essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins & minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants to maintain healthy skin. And if dry skin is a constant problem for your dog, the culprit could be their diet—and one of the best things you can do is switch to a more nutritious dog food.
Our top recommendation probably won’t surprise you: it’s Miracle Vet Super Premium Dog Food. It’s chock-full of natural meat and organic vegetables that can help nourish your dog’s skin. On top of that, we use low cooking temperatures and proteinated-chelated vitamins to improve nutrient absorption by up to 36%.
5: Don’t Forget to Exercise!
Just because your dog has dry skin, that doesn’t mean you should skip their daily walk. In fact, it might be a good excuse to give your dog even more exercise.
When your dog has a chance to get out and play, they have a chance to enjoy themselves and distract themselves from their annoying symptoms. Plus, exercise is good for them, it keeps them healthy and happy! It gets their blood flowing, bringing vital nutrients and moisture to the skin.
6: Reduce Swelling & Inflammation With Epsom Salts
If your dog is constantly trying to bite their itchy skin, all that abrasion can lead to inflammation and painful sores. But fortunately, there’s something you can do to help relieve these symptoms: epsom salts.
Epsom salts are a great addition to your dog’s bath because they can help reduce swelling and inflammation and speed up healing time. Just add them to some hot water and let your dog have a nice, relaxing soak. (I know, I know—easier said than done when you’ve got a dog in water.)
7: Supplement For Better Health
Not many people realize it, but your skin health has a lot to do with your digestive system. And one of the best ways to keep your dog’s skin healthy and free of yeast infections is keeping their digestive system in balance.
And the absolute best way to do that is to supplement with a high-quality probiotic like Miracle Vet Omega Biotics. These easy-to-feed chews are packed with 1 billion CFUs of gut-health bacteria that will help keep your dog’s skin looking and feeling great.
Also, learn what other supplements like omega fish oil can do for your dog to keep down inflammation among other things.
So there you have it—7 home remedies that you can use to relieve dry, itchy, flaky skin in your dog. Give them a try and let us know which tip worked for you!