Although a valid concern for pet owners, it is quite common for dogs to experience skin irritation now and then. Here are three common causes of consistent and excessive itching and scratching in dogs:
1. Dry Skin
Canine skin can become dry due to extreme weather conditions. Keep your dog indoors and hydrated to prevent his skin from drying out. A veterinarian can run several tests on your dog to rule out serious health issues.
Environment substances and food products can trigger an allergic reaction in dogs. For example, exposure to pollen may require medication, while identifying a food allergen may involve a process of elimination.
3. Bites and Stings
Dogs that are bitten or stung by bees, snakes, or parasites can suffer from skin irritation or worse, and will need veterinary care.
Below are five remedies that can provide relief for your dog:
1. Brushing Session
Give your dog’s coat a good brushing to allow his skin to breathe and be stimulated, spread his natural oils, and increase blood flow to the area.
2. Oatmeal Bath
Prepare a warm oatmeal bath for your dog to relieve his chronic itching and soothe his irritated skin. Also, consider purchasing oatmeal shampoo to complement the bathing routine
3. Baking Soda
Baking Soda is a natural and versatile remedy for alleviating itching. Depending on the size of the affected area, prepare a paste by adding water and apply it directly to the skin, or prepare a warm bath mixed with some baking soda.
4. Hydrocortisone Cream
HC is an effective topical solution for a variety of itching conditions and skin inflammation in dogs. Designed for short term use, choose a brand of hydrocortisone cream that is formulated for dogs.
Use as a last resort if your dog’s itching and scratching are severe. Seek advice from a veterinarian before administering any form of medication.
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