Natural itch relief for dogs (such as herbs, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids) can be used safely and effectively, both internally and topically, to alleviate itching. They are safer to use than conventional itch medications such as corticosteroids.
If your dog is constantly scratching, licking and chewing her paws, and/or rubbing her face against furniture, you know that she is itching.
Before even considering how to ease your dog's itch, the most important thing to do is to get her to the vet to try to identify the underlying cause. If the cause can be identified and dealt with, the itching will eventually go away.
If your vet prescribes antihistamines and/or corticosteroids for your dog's itch without doing any tests to find out the root cause, go see another vet! These drugs are not the answer to your dog's itchy problem. They will only suppress your dog's immune system and cause more health problems down the road.
While the root cause that is making your dog itchy is being treated, you may want to consider using some natural remedies, such as herbs, vitamins, and other supplements, that can help alleviate your dog's itch.
Let's take a look at some of these effective natural itch relief for dogs.
Several herbs are effective in alleviating itching. They include:
(The reason why oat should NOT be used if it is a fungal problem is, oat is a grain that contains rich sources of carbohydrates (sugars), and as you know, yeasts thrive on sugars!)
You can apply an oatmeal paste to the affected area(s). To make the oatmeal paste, cook the oatmeal in water until it is in a loose and wet paste form. Let it cool and apply it liberally to your dog.
Alternatively, washing your dog with a shampoo that contains oat can also help alleviate the itch.
This shampoo is effective in providing relief in dog itchy skin, skin problems such as excessive dryness, dandruff, and certain types of dermatitis (e.g. hot spots). It can also be used regularly to help control and lessen bad body odors in dogs.
Add one tablespoon of the herb to 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit and cool down. Strain off the herb and use the liquid as a rinse.
Alternatively, if you have a tincture of calendula, you can make a spritz by adding 10 to 15 drops of the tincture to about 4 oz. of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray the affected areas as often as necessary.
Make a tea of Plantain by adding 2 tablespoons of the dried herb to about one pint of boiling water. Let it steep, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Wait for the tea to cool down and strain it before applying it on your dog.
To apply, just dip a piece of gauze or cloth into the tea and hold it to the affected areas for about 10 minutes.
If your dog has itchy paws, set up a foot soak to clean off whatever irritants there are on the paws, and to discourage the growth of bacteria and fungus. Visit this page to see how to make some simple foot soaks.
A lot of dog skin problems, including itching, are signs of a poor immune system.
Immune-boosting herbs (such as echinacea, Oregon grape), as well as herbs that have blood purifying effects (e.g. red clover, sarsaparilla), can be given to your dog to detoxify and cleanse her blood and strengthen her immune system.
This herbal supplement contains herbs such as echinacea, Oregon grape, red clover, sarsaparilla, and more, and is effective in boosting a dog's immune system while cleansing the dog's blood.
In addition to herbs, some natural supplements are effective itch relief for dogs. They include:
Fish oils, such as salmon oil, are rich sources of fatty acids.
Vitamins A and C strengthen the immune system. Vitamin A can facilitate healing of sores, whereas Vitamin C may help relieve allergies. Vitamin C works with Vitamin E, enhancing the antioxidant effect in E, which is also anti-inflammatory.
This formula is a combination of borage oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil and natural Vitamin E. It contains the essential fatty acids needed for maximum health and shiny coat.
Aromatherapy can also be used as an itch relief for dogs. If you are interested in using essential oils and hydrosols with your dog, here is a useful eBook for you!