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Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

Dogs can suffer from itchy skin. This is a guide about a remedy for dog's itchy skin.

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Tip: Listerine Itch Spray for Dogs

Does your dog itch and make their skin so raw? Well, our little Stubby was and it was just horrible until we mixed the following:

  • 1/3 water
  • 1/3 baby oil (to soften the skin)
  • 1/3 Listerine (the regular brown type)

Put this into a spray bottle and spray (of course away from the eyes). In a couple of days, you should see a lot of difference. For Stubby, this has made a big difference. Hope this helps your little ones.

Tip: Use Epsom Salts for Dog's Itchy Skin

My Maltese, Molly, had awfully itchy skin, so after spending hundreds of dollars on treatment I tried Epsom salts in her bath water, and it did the trick. She also had a badly infected eye from rubbing her face on the ground to ease the itching, this has also cleared up much to our relief. I put a handful of Epsom salts to the bath water, and if it's a bad case rinse twice making the last rinse another one with salts in it.

By Suanne from Australia

Tip: Check for Food Allergies If Your Pet Has Itchy Skin

Bichon under blanket.If your pet has allergies and you find him/her scratching and licking and having "hot spots" remove one item at a time from their diet for at least 3 weeks. If that doesn't work, remove another and another until you find it. It took me almost a year to learn my Bichon was allergic to rice. Now we eat holistic food and we're happy campers. Can you tell how much Marley loves to play now?

By Lynne from Sharon, Wisconsin

Tip: Pet Bath for Itchy Skin

For dry, itchy skin and shedding, give your dog an oatmeal bath.

Editor's Note: Pulverize one cup of oatmeal into powder in your blender and add to the tub, filled with lukewarm water up to the middle of your your dog's chest.

By A Alexander from NV

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Questions

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Question: Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

I have an almost 2 year old Neo Mastiff. Lately he has been scratching and nibbling at his skin around his butt, his back legs, and hips. He has scratched so much in one spot it is raw and red and the fur is very thin.

I have been giving him, antihistamines as I had thought it may be caused by the pollen in the air, but have had no luck helping him. I live on a dairy farm and have been giving him milk which he absolutely loves, but am thinking he may be allergic to this as I know other dogs are. Could someone please suggest a home remedy as I am unable to take my poor boy to the vet at the moment.

By T J


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By Ce [4]08/29/2013

I have never used this product but it might be worth looking into. The web site is www.allergicpet.com
Hope this helps.

Question: Treating Dogs with Dry Skin

Woman and her dog.I recently read that 1/3c baby oil, 1/3c Listerine and 1/3c warm water is an amazing treatment, but what exactly does the Listerine do?

By Sara


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By shinemathew51602/08/2014

Listerine is an astringent for just dry skin increase the omega fatty acids. Olive oil 1 tsp. on dry kibble does the trick for my chronic dry skin Labrador. Or use fish oil tabs.

Question: Dog With Skin Allergies

Peach is a 9 year old Maltese. She has been suffering from allergies for about 4 years. She also has pancreatitis, so she has to eat only special veterinarian food (Eukonuba Intestinal). We have tried every available shampoo here in Israel. The last 2 years we have bought a huge amount of special shampoos and were disappointed again and again. It seems that no shampoo will work for her. We bath her every 2 months or so, when she is really dirty. Any ideas what we can do? Maybe she is allergic to water?

By Rachel C.


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By Cisco's Mom [5]11/19/2013

Ask your vet if your dog has seborreah. Does she feel oily, smell terrible and scratch constantly. If she does, please try Dinovite. It is a food supplement you can buy on line. We spent over $5,000 on vet bills, shots, medication, medicinal shampoos, etc. I have a closet full of remedies and nothing worked. After being on Dinovite for 4-5 weeks everything changed. People stop us on the street to tell us how beautiful he is. I would love to know how you make out.

Question: Remedies for Dog's Summertime Itchy Skin

Dog sleeping on the floor.My 3 year old Australian Cattle dog mix starts itching around August every year then stops with cold weather. It seems to be an overall itch. His skin isn't red or anything, but you can tell he is miserable with scratching. My other dog doesn't have this problem so we're not sure if something in the yard is the culprit. We've tried oatmeal bath and Benadryl - no success. Today it'll be Epsom salts. Anyone have a hint?

By Trudy R.


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By Ce [4]09/05/2013

Sounds like your poor dog may be having an allergic reaction. You may want to try this product from www.allergicpet.com

Question: Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin and Accompanying Odor

My baby girl is my 11 year old Toy Poodle. I have had her since birth. Approximately 5-6 years ago, she began suffering from severe itching and an awful odor that followed her scratching herself. No vet can give me a diagnosis or a lasting remedy. Medications are very temporary. I cannot watch her suffer any longer. Please help my baby girl. Our sincere thanks.

By Michele C and baby girl from Yulee, FL


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By Ce [4]12/25/2011

Both my girls use to chew their feet until they were raw and inflammed. Took them to the vet. Vet said they had allergies. Vet told me to stop giving them chicken and beef cause most dogs are allergic to these products. He said the best thing to give them is lamb, duck and sweet potato.

He also told me to give them animal fish oil, not human fish oil.

I did change their diet and started them on fish oil and in no time the itchy feet stopped and never had a problem since.

To help them out to relieve the itchy feet, I would soak their little feet in epsom salt. This stuff is great cause it draws all the toxins out of the body through the skin. Most people don't know the skin is the largest organ of the body. A word of caution, do not let your pet drink the epsom salt water.

I got a plastic container, like the ones you put under the beds but smaller, filled it up with warm water just enough to get the dog's feet soaked, put the epsom salt, then put the dog in with all four feet in the water.

Try to keep the dog in for as long as they will let you. I also got a cup and would pour the warm water on her leg which she enjoyed and helped her to stay in the water. Hopes this helps you as much as it helped me and my girls.

Question: Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

Close up of small black and white dogI am hoping to find a home remedy for my dog's itching. My dog is scratching herself raw and I'm unable to take her to the vet at this time. I was hoping for a home remedy that would help. Thank you.

By Dru from Newburgh, IN


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By Mandy06/13/2011

Our chihuahua had this same problem on her back. We tried several things, cortisone cream, steroids, special shampoos, sprays, etc. It would clear up and then come back within months. We did some research and decided to change her diet to exclude all wheat. We've been doing this for about two years now and she hasn't had even one bad itchy spell. It seems to be working for us, give it try, hopefully it will work for you too.

Question: Food Ideas for Yorkie With Itchy Skin

I have a mature male Yorkie that has a bad odor and itches day and night. He tries to scratch his back on any and all furniture and bites himself till he's raw. I've tried oatmeal shampoos, vet injections, and pills and had very temporary or no solution found. I brush him and it helps, but that's temporary too. I was told it may be diet related. I wonder if you can advise me whether to go with a store product or try a home solution and in either case advise best choices.

By YB from Philadelphia, PA


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By Diane9910/12/2014

We used to have a cocker spaniel with the same problem. She was allergic to wheat, and it is in almost all dog foods. I started cooking extra table food for her every day, and she never had another episode.

I combined meat, potatoes and veggies in a blender, and she cleaned her dish. She had scrambled eggs and sausage with us for breakfast. She lived 12 years and never had any type of illness.

Question: Remedy for Dog's Itching and Bad Smell

Our 3 1/2 year old English Lab has had skin and yeast infections continuously for at least a year or more.

In the summer it is especially bad. He's in the pool all week and the lake all weekend. The areas that hold the moisture best (i.e. neck folds, genitals, and between his toes) are the worst. Each time he scratches the odor is intensified. He reeks.

The vet has given us steroids, antihistamines, antibiotics, creams, and pills of all sorts. We have seen little to no improvement. Any improvement from treatments lasts until the antibiotics are finished.

Furthermore, the skin on his neck has reached a blackened color and he continually has ear infections. Other areas such as his genitals and paws are red from irritation. Keeping him out of the water doesn't help a whole lot - in the winter, the problem persists despite his inaccessibility to water.

The otherwise blissfully happy Lab is clearly in discomfort and he smells awful. He itches and scratches relentlessly and I hate to see him so uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

By Lindsey C


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By Lisa Stevens N.10/10/2014

My GSD suffers from a yeast infection and allergies (beef and rice) and he has seizures when he gets in yards that have been sprayed or use chemicals. Do NOT give them antibiotics - it just makes it worse. I have switched to a homemade diet which has helped wonders but we are still battling and trying to figure out what his seasonal allergies are. For the ears I use a mixture of alcohol and vinegar and I wish I could help you with the skin part- still figuring that one out for myself!

Question: Dog's Skin Condition

I just visited my niece who has a rather large, medium-length haired dachshund/lab mix with a severe skin condition. The poor dog just bites and rolls around making agonizing sounds trying to relieve his itches. Parts of his leg and back are just raw.

My niece has had him tested for allergies (he's allergic to grasses, weeds, flowers, pretty much everything outside), and the only suggested relief was that he go on steroids. She's afraid to do that because of the effect on his liver, kidneys, etc.

She's also tried many over-the-counter remedies from pet stores, did research on the Internet, and has asked everyone she knows. Nothing seems to help. ThriftyFun readers, does anyone have some suggestions? We would really appreciate any thoughts. He's such a love, and sure an "unusual" looking dog!

By Caseye


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By Marcie [4]08/14/2014

I had a dog with skin allergies. There is a medication called Temaril-P developed at a Vet school just for dogs. It is a combination of antihistamine and steroids and works very well. Because it has a lower amount of steroids than regular Prednisone, the dog can take it for a longer time and it is easier on the liver. Our dog took it for several years during late summer and early autumn and did very well. He also took an antihistamine called Hydroxizine. Good luck!

Question: Itchy English Bulldog

My 7 1/2 month old English Bulldog has a few pimples on her lower lip and neck. Also, I just noticed tonight that she has been chewing on 1 paw and it is very red between her toes. How can I help her from scratching her paw and neck? Thanks.

By Mary from Newfoundland, Canada


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By cmburgan [1]08/05/2014

She may have a grass allergy. Dogs with grass allergies may also be allergic to wheat in their foods.
Also, if you have used fertilizer on your lawn recently or a new home cleanser or detergent to wash the dog bed, that could be the problem.
See the vet. If you can rule out allergies, chemical sensitivities and skin parasites/fungus, your dog may have dry skin.

Flax seed oil added to the food - OR - vitamin e oil gelcaps given daily (low dosage... high dose could cause bleeding problems) may be very helpful if the cause is dry skin. You may also want to apply non-colored, unscented aloe gel to the itchy sites.

My guinea pig had dry skin over the winter, with no evidence of skin fungus or parasites... just a couple scabs where he had been scratching. I used aloe gel on his skin (Lily of the Desert brand), and his dry skin healed up within a week.

I would strongly encourage you to enlist the help of your veterinarian to get to the bottom of this problem. I hope it turns out to just be dry skin!

Question: My Dog Has Itchy Skin

My dag is a one year old Chihuahua/Poodle. She mainly has the hair of a Poodle. She got really matted so I finally took her to get groomed. They had to shave her almost to her skin. As soon as I brought her home I noticed she wouldn't stop itching. I thought maybe she had a reaction to the shampoo they used on her so I rinsed her off. Few days later I noticed she had licked her private area raw. And she scratched her head so much she has marks all in her ears too. I try putting on coconut oil, but she just licks it off and it doesn't seem to be helping. She doesn't have fleas and it's not her dog food she was fine before the grooming.

What could it be? Dry skin?

And what can help? Any good home remedies?

By Alex


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By Crystal R.04/29/2014

Agreed, it sounds like allergies. If washing your pup didn't help then a visit to the vet is in order. They'll likely prescribe a pill of some sort and send you on your way. It shouldn't be too pricey.

Question: Using Skin Eze on Dog's Itchy Skin

Is the Skin Eze spray toxic to my dog?

By Teresa


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By NEWFIEGIRL [8]02/15/2014

The person you should be asking this question is your Dog's best friend called a veterinarian.

Question: Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

I got my two year old German Shepherd when he was four months old. He is now two and during the time between now and when we first got him, his stomach has only been clear of red spots and scabs once.

We were told the first time he had allergies and tried to give him allergy meds, but nothing ever worked. Next we were told he had an infection and he was prescribed some meds and it seemed to help a little. We got this new shampoo and I tried to clean his belly better than usual. Well that helped him so much. It was the first time we saw it white and all the scabs were disappearing. He's afraid to take baths, it is really difficult to give him one and we are a busy couple so we try to give him a bath whenever we can.

My question is, is there anything we can put on his stomach that will not harm him even if he were to lick it but will taste nasty enough for him to leave it alone?

By Hanson Family

Question: Dog Scratching an Biting Itchy Skin

My puppy has had its flea treatment. Why is she still itching an biting her skin a lot?

By Christine from United Kingdom


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By Lizzyanny [9]12/28/2013

There are a lot of possibilities. Hopefully he is not allergic to his flea treatment. I would try a bath with baby shampoo and be sure to rinse very thoroughly. The other possibility would be a food allergy. my dog would chew anyplace on his body he could reach. Pretty soon he was hairless except for his head. Not a good look. I kept changing his dogfood, about 8 times until we started salmon and brown rice, cooked at home by me. He never chewed himself again and lived to be 17 years old. Always check with your Vet before changing diets and to rule out other possibilities. Good luck.

Question: Remedy for Dog With Itchy Skin

I have a 5 year old Lab/Shepherd mix. I was told you can use gravy on your dog to stop them from itching. Is this true? Please help me.

By Faith


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By Cheryl [3]12/28/2013

Take your dog to the vet, and find out why the dog is itching. It's most likely fleas, but could be allergies as well. Gravy will not stop a dog from itching.

Question: Treating Our Dog's Itchy Skin

My friend's dog Ginger is a mixed Lab and has a very bad itching problem on her lower back and it is spreading to her tail and other areas. She does have problems with fleas occasionally, but even when we get rid of those she chews herself like crazy. We think it has to do with dry skin, but aren't sure. How do we get the itching to stop using a home remedy because we can't afford the vet right now? The fleas come and go, but if there is any way to get them gone for good also please let us know. Thank you.

By Chelsey


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By Lizzyanny [9]12/01/2013

You are right to suspect fleas. Some dogs are allergic to flea bites and one or two bites can set off a week of chewing. So make sure she is protected from fleas ALL the time, not just occasionally. The other thing to consider is a food allergy. It causes the same kind of chewing. There are may good posts on this site that explain food allergies in dogs. You might try different foods for dogs with allergies and see if it clears things up. And have your friend start a fund that she contributes to on a regular basis for those necessary trips to the Vet.

Question: Treating a Dog's Itchy Skin

I have a 8 year old black Lab and she has a very itchy back (just above her tail). Her skin is fine and she has no fleas or worm. Does anyone know what it could be or know how to help her?

By Sam


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By Lizzyanny [9]11/26/2013

Your dog may be allergic to something in her food. There are many good posts on this on this web site.

Question: Dog Scratching and Licking His Belly

My dog is a Rat Terrier/Red Heeler mix (white with reddish brown spots). He weighs about 22 lbs. He scratches and licks his "belly" and legs a lot. He eats some dry food, chicken in gravy and beef in gravy. Could this be an allergy to the canned chicken and/or beef. The weather here in Mississippi is humid and he gets out in the dew, could this also be a factor? He likes to stay in the shade not in the sun except when it is cold.

By Mary L. from Purvis, MS


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By Rose C Portz [1]05/17/2013

This could be a mold problem too. Wipe his belly and legs with witch hazel once a day see if that helps.

Question: Remedy for Itchy Skin On Dog

I have a 4 year old dog. She is part Shih Tzu and part Yorkie. I have been putting virgin olive oil mixed in with her food. I use 1/2 teaspoon to one cup of food. I keep her groomed and clean. They have changed her food thinking she is allergic to the food. She still scratches and she also gnaws at her feet. She does not have fleas. I have given her Benadryl, but it only makes her sleepy. Please help.

By Brenda L.


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By Patricia Nicholas [13]01/16/2013

One of the most common reasons for dogs to have itchy skin and chew on their feet is a yeast infection. There was a great article about it posted on here a little while ago from The Great Dane Lady.

http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
This helped me with my dog who has suffered from this ailment for years. It breaks my heart to know she suffered so long needlessly. but even if this isn't your dogs problem, there is lots of imformation on other allergies and health issues that could be causing the itching.

Question: Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

Please help, my Collie mix has been scratching herself. I am afraid she is going to scratch her hair off. Does anyone have any suggestions?

By Barbara C

Question: Natural Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

We have a rescue Chiwennie that we love dearly. Our problem with her is she licks and chews her feet and pads until they are infected and smell horrible. I know she itches, the vet gives her steroid shots, however, they wear off before she can have another shot to relieve her distress. He thinks she is allergic to grass.

What can I do to help her "naturally"? (no drugs) I do bathe her in a special shampoo that is supposed to relieve itching, that helps some. Any suggestions from the pet lover community? Thanks.

By missysmom from Nokomis, AL


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By Ce [4]12/25/2011

Both my girls use to chew their feet until they were raw and inflammed. Took them to the vet. Vet said they had allergies. Vet told me to stop giving them chicken and beef cause most dogs are allergic to these products. He said the best thing to give them is lamb, duck and sweet potato.

He also told me to give them animal fish oil, not human fish oil.

I did change their diet and started them on fish oil and in no time the itchy feet stopped and never had a problem since.

To help them out to relieve the itchy feet, I would soak their little feet in epsom salt. This stuff is great cause it draws all the toxins out of the body through the skin. Most people don't know the skin is the largest organ of the body. A word of caution, do not let your pet drink the epsom salt water.

I got a plastic container, like the ones you put under the beds but smaller, filled it up with warm water just enough to get the dog's feet soaked, put the epsom salt, then put the dog in with all four feet in the water.

Try to keep the dog in for as long as they will let you. I also got a cup and would pour the warm water on her leg which she enjoyed and helped her to stay in the water. Hopes this helps you as much as it helped me and my girls.

Question: K9 Advantix Made Dog Itch

I used K9 Advantix on my 7 month old Yorkie. She is itching at the application site. What can I do?

By Beverly from Hardy, AR


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By Robin Harrison04/04/2011

Try a non-topical, non-insecticide product like Comfortis. My vet highly recommends it for fleas and ticks. It is a bacteria based formula that comes in a chewable form. I have been using it for a few years with great results!
http://www.comfortis4dogs.com/

Question: Relieving Itching for Dogs

Can I use Calagel on my dog till I can get her to the vet on Tuesday? She has a rash all over her she is going crazy! She is a Beagle.

By Rachelle from Salem, OH


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By DogMa09/19/2012

For all your itchy dog questions: remember the skin is the biggest organ in the body and it is first to show trauma in the system. Skin allergies are usually diet related. Wheat, corn and soy are the three biggest allergens in dogs and you'll find these as the top 3 ingredients in most dry dog foods. Eliminate these three ingredients, find a food that is human grade and grains free - this is what is biologically appropriate for dog's diet.

Most skin issues will vanish in 2-3 months (takes time for the body to detox and regenerate). Vets have no understanding of diet and recommend things I wouldn't feed to my worse enemy. Also a lot of personality issues calm down or go away when diet is corrected. Lastly, find a holistic vet who can advise you of holistic ways to increase your pet's immunity and health without the toxic effects of western medicine.

Regular vets (and MD's) "bandaid" problems or slash, burn and toxify while Holistic Vets (and ND's) seek to find a root cause and cure the problem. It's time for a whole new way of thinking for us and our pets!

Also recommend Gold Detox Kit from Amber Technology - it detoxes and regenerates all the body's organs and systems with an organic, non-toxic product. Very inexpensive for the results. Recommend doing it once a year. Dog's bodies are designed to live 25-30 years - we are the ones shortening them by poor nutrition and over vaccinations (read "Stop the Shots!: Are Vaccinations Killing Our Pets!" and "Food Pets Die For" to understand diet).

Question: Dog Is Itchy After Being Groomed

I adopted a shih tzu and her fur was very matted so I took her to the groomers. They had to shave some parts close to her skin due to the fact that she was so full of knots in her fur. Later when I brought her home she kept licking her private spot and her paws and sometimes she rubs her butt on the rug. She never did that before she got groomed. Any answers? Thanks.

By katsmeow5256 from Macedon, NY


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By Dorie Crews [2]09/18/2009

Hi, I have the same thing happen with my two adopted poodles. I even bought special shampoo for the dogs. I take warm clean cloth and gently rub it all over the dogs. Continue to do this, especially on their face and paws.
When they are clipped close, it burns for a couple days.

Tell your groomer NOT to use ANY shampoo or conditioner with perfume in it..use all natural shampoos. You could also make a very mild solution of teaspoon of baking soda to a quart of warm water and wipe her down with that.
Hope this helps.
Dorie, Algoma, WI

Question: Beagle Puppy Has Severe Itching

I have a 50 day old beagle. Suddenly he has developed severe itching on the back and sometimes bites his hind feet. He had fleas when we got him and I removed all of them. Earlier he didn't have any itching problem but suddenly it developed and now it is very severe. Any possible causes you can think of?


Anay from Mumbai, India


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By Judy Z.07/16/2013

Most hunting dog breeds secrete oil from their skin to help their fur repel water. This also caused their extreme itching problems. I just started the fish oil, but we have gotten some relief by shampooing her withe tail and mane shampoo (it gets rid of a great deal of the oil) every two weeks. Lots of brushing helps also by getting rid of all the excess fur they shed. and baby powder in between shampoos. Oh yes, and the benedryl. That helps a lot with her itching. It is the nature of these dogs. You just have to keep up with a routine. Also keep their bedding free of their fur by running through the dryer once or twice a week. (It also gets rid of dust mites)