26 Mar Ditch The Itch: Dry Skin Relief For Your Dog
Keeping your dog’s skin healthy and free from itching may be as simple as following one of these suggested remedies.
- Olive oil: Adding some olive oil to your dog’s food can help keep its skin free from itching.
- Apple cider vinegar: Spraying your dog’s skin and paws with a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water daily can help relieve itching.
- Oatmeal bath: Just like it does for people with chicken pox, an oatmeal bath can soothe your dog’s itchy skin.
- Change dog foods: Your dog’s itchy skin may be caused by a food allergy, so check to see if your dog’s food may be the culprit.
- Keep your dog away from allergens: Certain plants your dog may encounter outside, such as some types of grass, can trigger allergic reactions.
- Reduce dust in the home: Change your furnace filters regularly, and be sure to vacuum your home frequently to remove dust that may be triggering your dog’s itchiness.
- Ask your vet about medications: If your dog develops itchy skin after being prescribed medications, ask your vet about whether or not your dog might be having a reaction to the medication.
- Use a humidifier: Dry air inside the home can cause dogs’ skin to become dry and itchy, especially during the winter when the furnace is on, so use a humidifier to keep the air from becoming too dry.
- Avoid hair dryers: If you use a hair dryer on your dog after baths, the hot air may be drying out its skin. Instead, consider using a special towel designed specifically for drying your dog after a bath.
- Coconut oil: Applying coconut oil topically or mixing some with your dog’s food can help keep its skin moisturized and itch-free.
- Regular grooming: Having your dog groomed regularly helps get rid of dead skin and old hair, which may be irritating your dog’s skin.
- Antihistamines: A prescription for antihistamines may help relieve your dog’s itching.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Supplementing your dog’s diet with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids can help keep its skin healthy.
- Check for fleas: If your dog has fleas, treat its bedding and any rugs or upholstery in the house along with using flea collars or flea baths.
- Allergy shots: In some cases, an allergy shot can help protect your dog from allergens that may be causing dry, itchy skin.
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