5 At-Home Remedies for Dogs with Itchy Paws or Skin
As Spring rolls around, so does the rise of allergies, and your dog may start to itch. Comparing humans to dogs, dogs have ten times as many mast cells in their skin than we do. This means that they tend to experience much more itching with allergic responses. As an owner, there are things you can do to relieve your pup from this uncomfortable season. Before jumping to veterinarian prescribed medication, here are some home remedies for dog skin allergies that may provide itch relief.
Remedy 1: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can work wonders for dogs who are suffering from allergies and have itchy paws. What you would do is mix apple cider vinegar and water (50/50) and apply it to the hot spots or itchy skin areas on your dog. If you feel that the solution is still too acidic, alter the 50/50 ratio to be more water-based. If it is easier for you, you can put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the problem areas instead. Keep in mind that if you are going to try this, make sure that the apple cider vinegar you have is organic, raw and unfiltered.
Remedy 2: Colloidal Oatmeal Baths
This is an older and traditional remedy that has been used for years, and that is because it works. Oatmeal is entirely non-toxic and excellent at providing soft skin. A colloidal oatmeal bath can soothe your dog's itchy skin, reduce the inflammation, and wash away any allergens caught in their fur. To do this bath, you would need to grind plain and sugar-free oatmeal into a powder and then add about a cup of it to your dog's bath. Make sure to mix it in well with either a spoon or stick. Allow your dog to sit in the tub for about five to ten minutes. If they do not want to sit still, then you can gently rub the water into their skin and fur, rinse and then dry.
Remedy 3: Baking Soda
Baking soda can be used for more than cooking. When you combine baking soda with water, it creates a thick paste, which is excellent at drying out skin rashes, alleviating itching, and reducing inflammation. By mixing 50 percent baking soda with 50 percent water, you can get the right paste texture. Take that mixture and apply it directly to your dog's skin, leaving it there for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off.
Remedy 4: Aloe Vera
If you have ever had a sunburn, chances are you have used Aloe Vera to soothe the tenderness. Aloe Vera is a very powerful healing agent. It reduces redness, draws away heat from the skin, increases the healing in the cellular matrix, decreases inflammation, and relieves itchiness. Keep in mind that the store-bought Aloe Vera is very different than the live plant. With the plant, you can get more enzymes that are not present in the bottled gel, meaning it works much more efficiently to stop itching. If you have an Aloe Vera plant, cut a leaf off and rub the gel onto your dog’s hot spots and itchy areas for instant cooling relief. One thing to note is that once the leaf has been cut, the gel is only active for up to three days.
Remedy 5: Chamomile and Green Tea Soaks
Another incredible home remedy is trying out a chamomile and green tea bath for your dog. This combination is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties it provides, for both humans and dogs. To do this, take several natural chamomile and green tea bags and let them soak in the bathwater for about five minutes. Afterward, take the tea bags out and let your dog soak in the water for at least five minutes. You can also take a tea bag and apply it directly to your dog's affected area(s) for spot treatment if you desire.
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Skin allergies are extremely common among dogs. Sometimes feeding them a balanced diet with plenty of omega-3s and healthy carbohydrates can help ease the burden, but that is not always enough to stop itching completely. Many times, they need some more assistance, such as the home remedies for dog skin allergies mentioned above. These are all safe options to try and are worth seeing if they can help. Keep in mind that every dog is different, so if one home remedy does not work, move on to the next one until you see progress.
If nothing seems to be helping, or the itching is getting worse, then do not hesitate to call your veterinarian for further assessment.
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