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 may seem like "miracle drugs" as they may stop a dog's itch within a matter of days, they are not the answer to your dog's itchy problem long-term. 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.
If your dog is suffering from itchy skin, you should always take a close look at his diet.
Diet may be related to a dog's itchy skin due to two possible reasons.
First, the dog may be allergic to one or more ingredients in the food. Second, the diet may be of poor quality or poor nutritional value.
Food allergies can cause itching to dogs all year round, and the condition doesn't go away even when treated with corticosteroids.
The only way to stop the itching caused by food allergies is to find out the food item(s) causing the itch and eliminate such items from the diet.
As regards quality and nutritional value, the best diet is no doubt a balanced home made diet, either raw or cooked.
If you cannot cook for your dog every day, be sure to find a balanced, natural, and high-quality food. Read the label. Avoid artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, and other chemicals that very often could trigger itching and other allergic reactions in dogs.
In addition, some natural supplements are effective itch relief for dogs. They include:
Unfortunately, many dog foods do not contain sufficient amount of Omega-3s. Therefore, it is essential to supplement your dog food with Omega-3s.
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!
While treating the dog for his itchy skin, it is equally important to try to reduce or even eliminate environmental toxins that may be causing the itchy skin problem.
Try to eliminate chemicals in your dog's living environment. Avoid using toxic pesticides, flea and tick chemicals, floor and carpet cleaners, even fabric softeners... You can most likely find non-toxic natural alternatives for these substances.
In the long run, your dog's immunity will be weakened further and the skin irritations will return, each time worse than before.