Home Remedies for Dog Skin Allergies

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home remedies for dog skin allergies

With the shake of the head or scratch behind the ear, humans aren’t the only ones to suffer from allergies. Man’s best friend can also battle symptoms of skin irritation. Whether a bacteria has attacked the skin or something creepy crawly is causing trouble, it’s a good idea to learn different home remedies for dog skin allergies to provide your pooch with immediate comfort.

Types of Dog Skin Allergies

There are a variety of allergens and different types skin issues that affect dogs, including [1]:

• Nutritional dermatitis is associated with a lack of necessary vitamins and nutrients.
• Atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease where dogs are hypersensitive to substances in their environment, such as pollen, mold, dust, and mites.
• Parasitic dermatitis is caused by parasites, such as fleas.
• Neurogenic dermatitis is a skin allergy characterized by the urge to lick and chew specific parts of the body.

Causes and Symptoms

The kinds of symptoms a dog with skin allergies suffers will depend on the source of their condition. For example, staph bacteria are responsible for most bacterial skin infections in dogs. The early stages of the disease include itchy, yellow pustules. Hair loss, lesions and an odor are also signs of a bacterial infection of the skin.

Other causes and symptoms of dog skin allergies include:

• Fungal Skin Infection: When a dog develops a fungal skin infection, it is usually referred to as ‘ringworm.’ Two species of fungi Microsporum and Trichophyton are often behind the condition. Younger dogs are the main candidates to suffer fungal skin infections. A common sign is hair loss – usually in circular patches. The skin can also become dry and crusty.

• Allergic Skin Disease: Fleas are one of the most common culprits of skin allergies in dogs. Your pet may react to the saliva of the flea, which can lead to intense itching. An allergy in general can develop at any time for a pet. Nasal and eye discharges, sneezing, and digestive problems may also accompany dog skin allergies. House dust, molds, and pollen can also trigger an allergy to develop.

• Parasite Reactions: Ear mites, lice and ticks are all parasites that can cause an allergic reaction in a dog. Mange is a skin disease brought on by mites. Symptoms include intense itching, loss of hair, and crusting of the skin.

Home Remedies for Dog Skin Allergies

As a loving pet owner, you hate seeing your dog battle uncontrollable itching and other irritating symptoms. Home remedies for dog skin allergies can help treat a condition, as well as immediately alleviate discomfort. A few suggestions include:

a) Epsom Salts:

When your dog’s feet are itching as a result of a skin allergy, add Epsom salts to cool water. Dip his or her feet into the water for five to ten minutes. Do not let your pet drink the water.

b) Mineral Oil:

Remove ear mites by soaking a cotton ball in mineral oil and gently wiping the ear canal. This is a temporary solution for ear mites and will help stop excessive scratching around the ears.

c) Baking Soda:

To soothe the itch of insect stings or bites, create a paste out of baking soda and water to apply to affected areas.

d) Garlic:

To keep fleas away with an internal home remedy, add garlic to your pet’s diet.

e) Vitamin E:

When your dog has itchy, dry, flaky skin – take advantage of the moisturizing properties of vitamin E gel or oil. Break open a capsule and directly apply to the skin. This home remedy can also be taken orally by adding the oil to dog food.

f) Fish Oil:

Offering hydration for itchy skin, fish oil encourages the production of essential oils in the skin. Choose between the capsule or liquid form for your pooch. Some people have also used the oil as a topical treatment for infected, itchy skin.

g) Castor Oil:

Although castor oil can get messy, pour directly on affected areas of the skin to treat a case of mange.

h) Flaxseed Oil:

If a dog skin allergy has caused your pet to lose hair, deliver a boost of omega-3 by administering flaxseed oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil with every meal.

i) Oatmeal Bath:

Soothe itchy skin by treating your dog to an oatmeal bath [2] that offers a cooling sensation for irritation caused by an allergic reaction. Rub an oatmeal and water paste onto the dog’s skin to treat dryness as well. Leave the oatmeal on the skin for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

j) Almond and Vitamin E Oil:

Mix ½ ounce of almond oil with 400 IU of vitamin E to create a home remedy for ear mites. Transfer the mixture to a dropper bottle and place two dropperfuls in each ear. Massage your dog’s ears to coat with the remedy. Follow this routine for three days and allow the ears to rest for three days before continuing the treatment.

k) Olive Oil:

Treat dry and flaky skin by adding olive oil to your pet’s diet. This will help improve skin appearance. Mix a few tablespoons of olive oil into their food or you could feed them a piece of bread soaked with the oil.

l) Cool Bath:

Relieve itchy skin by giving your dog a cool bath for 10 minutes.

m) Aspirin, Tea and Rubbing Alcohol:

If your dog has a hot spot (or open sore), make a cup of strong non-herbal tea. Add two adult aspirins and one tablespoon of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to the tea. Allow the solution to cool off. With a cotton ball, dab on the remedy.


[1] http://www.vetinfo.com/dog-skin-allergies.html

[2] http://www.quakeroats.com/products/hot-cereals/quick-oats.aspx


  • Rachel

    My dog is 8 she has been breaking out with a skin rash, on humans the rash is called exizma ! We’ve true everything for her all she did wa chew at the rash ! We went to pet-co and bought sweet potato an fish wet&dry food She cleared up with in 1 month=) no more 800$ vet bills !!!

  • jamie rackley-schiff

    Garlic is toxic to dogs.

  • fmog

    If garlic was toxic dogs all my many dogs rescued over the years would not have lived such mostly long, happy and healthy lives.

  • shell

    Garlic is NOT toxic to dogs! That myth needs to stop. Garlic is 100% organic and not a pesticide derived from chemicals. You all need to visit the website for springtimeinc. com and see for yourselves what benefits garlic has. I am not affiliated with this company but use their products EVERYDAY on my 2 GSDs. I hope they stay in business for many, many years.

  • Bonnie

    Garlic is good for animals. I had a cat that had a wound that would not heal. The vet gave meds, didn’t work. Vet said he had feline aids and would only live a few months. I fed garlic 3 x daily, in 4 days all cleared up. He lived another 6 years. I use it all the time for my animals.

  • mercedes

    I have a boxer a little over a year old. I woke up yesturday he was covered in huge bumps that looked like hives. After taking benedrly every 6 hours they went away but I check on him at 2am and they are back. I can’t afford the vet right now what do I do?

  • Tina

    I have a 5 year old pom/poodle/shitzu who has an yeast infection in he is ear. What can I give him to clear it up? I have used vinegar diluted with water been to the vet and nothing is working?

  • Kimberly

    if you are sure you animal has a yeast infection in the ears and not mites, go the drug storge and buy monistat, the same meds used for women. gently clean the ear first with veg oil & cotton ball or old very soft CLEAN rag (I save all my old wash clothes/towels/sheets for the pets), then “dry”, then put some monistat on q-tip and gental rub in the ear.

    do this twice a day for several days. make sure to clean the out each time, dry, then reapply. if this doesn’t work, then the pet has mites, different treatment.

    in future, clean the pets ears regularly, by keeping the hair trimmed and gently cleaning. alot of pets with the ears that flop over will get ear infections. cleaningig them regularly will keep it from happening. also before you clean the ear, look up the anatamony of the dog ear (on internet), it’s “L” shaped, so you need to know how to clean it properly.

    also, to help keep your pets body in “balance”, feed them yogurt on a regular basis. if you are feeding commerical pet foods, most of them are “dead”, no probotics. I have 9 dogs & 11 cats (we have a farm) and we feed them yogurt (with live probotics) about 1 time a week. It costs me about $10, but it has saved me lots of vet bills! No ear, eye, etc. infections. It helps alot! and it doesn’t take much. 1/2 a cup for dogs, and the cats, I just put out a quart. yeast can be caused by a intestial imbalance – even in the ears! BTW, vanilla is the overall favorite flavor, but most of them will eat any flavor. 🙂

  • Skin

    Put milk on skin it stops my dog from chewing and scratching

  • Tina

    We inherited my father n laws dog and he thought she had ear mites and put all kinds of stuff in her ears. When he passed and we took her to the vet they told us that it is a yeast infection. We were given medicine but it only helped temporarily. I will try the yogurt and see if it works and let y’all know. Thanks!!

  • bluewindwoman

    for a hot spot use Betadine, will clear in a couple of days kills all germs

  • huskydog

    if your pet has ear mites you can use olive or mineral or vegetable oil in the ears first clean ears with a soft cloth or even small peace of toilet paper.then put oil on cotton ball or toilet paper damb in the ears and it smothers the mites do this for 4or5 days then keep ears cleaned 2 times a week.it really works it helped me with my husky hope it helps you too……

  • Wally

    I need something ASAP to #1 sooth my dogs skin do to fleas. I am now feeding her Garlic, and am trying skin so soft…any other ideas

  • My Puppy

    First try a glueten free diet. Blue Wilderness is wonderful, the Omega three works well and also try apple cider vinegar. It works great. Try a 1 to 3 mixture if dog has open scratches, then 50/50 once it clears up. You can also put a small amount in their food to get their PH correct. It’s amazing, my dog is no longer on any vet meds.