Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin

I 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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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

I have a brussels griffon and she has had the same problem. Here are few things that have helped. BTW - we found out that she was allergic to potatoes as well.

First of all this is the season for high allergies on dogs.

-checked her food and made sure it contains no potatoes (i give my dog Blue Buffalo Wilderness Canned Dog Food)

-Wash twice a week with Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Totally Natural Pet Shampoo

-added to her food EFA-Z Plus 16 oz Bottle (you can find a small bottle for about 10.00 on amazon ( this wil give her more vitamins and minerals for their coat. my dog's friend (mixed beagle) had the same problem and her vet recommended)

All of these things have eased her from her itching. She use to chew her knees until they would start bleeding and her little paws. Now that we started doing the above, all is well and didn't have to spend a lot $$$$. Yeah sure we bought some stuff but she is happy and I'm not pumping her with medications or using harmfel products.. You will see a difference within a week. Good luck and I hope your doggy feels better.

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

Oatmeal bathes or baking soda bathes can relieve some of itching. Trying to find cause is main concern. Some types of flea control can irritate skin. Good luck!

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

Our dog Clarence has the same problem on his back end... We tried everything, even the cone. Now have great success with Benadryl cream, Extra Strength. We apply it about every other day to the itchy area, rubbing it in well...no more itching, no more sores...and he cooperates with the application, so we know he understands he is being helped, in fact during the application he wags his tail.

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

What do you feed your furbaby? Please make sure there is NO wheat in the food--many dogs have wheat allergies. Also, do you use chemicals on your lawn? On your floors? In your home? Have you changed laundry detergent?

Vinegar is a great natural cleaner, and you can add 1/2 c to your rinse water when you do laundry, just don't use softener sheets in the dryer afterward! Could she have fleas? Using diatomaceous earth, a natural 'killer' of pests, can be sprinkled in her coat and rubbed a bit. . Avoid her eyes and nose.

I hope you find the answer for your little one soon!

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

Our dog had the exact same problem, allergies and scratching to the point of making himself bleed. The only thing which helped, and helped immediately, was Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal Bath. You can find this at any drugstore and many supermarkets for around $12. It is truly a life saver. Simply wet down Your dog with tepid water. Fill the tub with enough water so the dog can soak and add one to two of the oatmeal packets. There will be an immediate relief as long as you use luke warm water and NEVER hot. Let him soak as long as he is comfortable and then rinse it off with cool, but not cold water. Best wishes. I know this help! (I do not rinse the product completely off my dog, Just leave a little on so it continues to sooth.

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

Simple changes, always for health. No chemicals, please. No vaccines, they destroy the immune system. Build immune system with good food practices. No corn wheat or soy in anything, including dog cookies. Some fresh RAW in the diet. Thuja homeopathic helps with vaccine destruction. 20 Mule Team Borax, dry, into all carpets for fleas. Read my past posts for details, always for good immune system and ongoing health.

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

A soap from Happy Critters Farm worked wonders for my itchy dog. Their email is www.happycritterfarm.com

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

My dachshund has been having a really bad time itching lately too. About 2 years ago she started getting these "bumps" on her that at first resemble big pimples. And they itch like mad. She also was itching in places where there were no bumps, or where a future bump would develop. I had taken her to the vet countless times and was always told not to worry, and they'd give her an expensive prescription that was supposed to stop the itch, but of course it didn't.

I tried many things over the counter, Benadryl, calamine, allergy pills, everything I could find and nothing worked for more than a few minutes at a time. I finally came across a product that is working great! It's actually a combination of two forms of one product. One is Cortizone-10 Cooling Relief Gel. I use this one when she's actually itching and it stops the itch on the spot. Then there is Cortizone-10 Intensive Healing Formula. Once the itch is stopped (and the gel has dried) I put this on her. This one has actually been healing these bumps that have been there for over 2 years!

At first I was putting these on her several times a day, every time I'd see her scratching for more than a few seconds. Now it's down to once every 2-3 days and seems to be getting better all the time. Between the 2 products she's a lot more comfortable and I don't see her scratching anywhere near as much as before.

BTW, I get this at Wal Mart, and it generally runs about $3 something a tube. Still a lot less than the ineffective stuff from the vet. And each tube will usually last at least a week.

Hope this helps!

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

Could be allergies.That's what it was w/my beagle. Prednisone for 14 days did the trick; about $14. But you will need to see the vet for a 'scrip. Or try online for something through Dr. Foster & Smith. Other than that, in addition, I am now religiously putting 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil (preferable cannola oil) in her food. Morning & night. Recommended by my vet. Also oatmeal shampoo for their bath. It's wet this spring. A lot of animals are suffering from allergies and/or dry skin. Good luck.

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

Given the time of year I would suspect lawn fertilizer. It is a common allergy. Organic fertilizers work well and wont cause allergies. If all this advice doesnt do the trick, be sure to see a Vet. Mange has bad long term consequences, and needs to be diagnosed by a Vet. Good luck.

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May 25, 20110 found this helpful

This could be a range of things from internal to external. The only person to answer this is your professional Veterinarian if you love your dear little girl ( and i'm sure you do ) please consult them ASAP because right now her life is miserable. Try and come to an agreement regarding payment with your Vet they are not heartless

people but like any other public service they charge a fee. Good luck.

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May 26, 20110 found this helpful

You can call the vet and get a pill for the itching, it is caused by allergy to flea bites, the pill cost around 15.00, I think and it lasts for a whole month, don't get the expensive pills and liquids that cost over 30.00. The vet has the other "pill" but it is not as expensive and I figure that is why they don't tell a lot of people about it, cause they want to sell the more expensive product. This is what we use on our furbaby. If we didn't he would chew all his fur off himself, also if you have a problem getting your pet to take the pill. Just crush it up and add a dropper full of water to it and dissolve as much as you can. Then, get the mixture back up in the dropper and put it in your pets mouth, if you need to you can add more water, a dropper full at a time.

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May 26, 20110 found this helpful

I also know how you feel. Our poor furbaby was doing the same thing. He was chewing himself raw and had all the hair chewed off and he was crying and whining, and we didn't know what to do. We thought that we were going to have to have him put down and that is when we decided to call our vet and tell him what was going on. We said that we could not afford the more expensive treatments and we didn't have to take him in to the vet. Just told him what our furbaby was doing and they prescribed the other pill, plus a small bottle of spray to spray on the spots. Your furbaby looks like our furbaby. Ours is black, is yours chihuahua also.

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

Hello! I am new to the forum and I was just wondering if the products, or some you all mentioned would help my Maltese furbaby with fleas? He scratches a lot, and he does chew on his front paws. But he does have fleas, poor baby. :(

Thank you!

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June 13, 20111 found this helpful

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.

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May 23, 20160 found this helpful

I spent a fortune with the vet on antibiotics & $$$shAmpoo. A bacterial skin infection that looks like dust when u shake their coat. Got the idea for Epsom salt thinking the bacteria wouldn't like it. It worked immediately.

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June 18, 20160 found this helpful

I heard putting oatmeal in a bath relieves itching instantly. You will need to put ground it down 1st.

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July 28, 20161 found this helpful

try omega oil 3 and organic dog food. it will help a lot. you can order it from petmed.com

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