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