How do I help my Chihuahua to stop itching?
By Carolyn from Spokane, WA
November 21, 2010
My English bulldog was treated for every type of skin irritation in the book. She frequently had infections that required medication-sprays, pills, special shampoo-on and on. One fortunate day for Daisy and me, we saw a new vet in the practice. He suggested we try to approach her skin condition as a food allergy. We changed her food and she has not had any more problems. She eats Iams for sensitive skin and looks wonderful. No more constant itching and scratching. I hope you find your solution. We were just very lucky.
November 22, 2010
My chihuahua went through the same skin problem along with yeast in the ears. I changed his dog food to NUTRO I bought at PETCO and after 2 weeks, his skin and ears cleared up. He was allergic to the dog food I was giving him. He is 12 years old and runs around like he's a pup since. I will never feed him cheap dog food again. You're not alone, I've been through all those remedies and vet bills. Give it a try. Good luck!
November 22, 2010
I have a chihuahua also and he has one spot on his neck that he scratches a lot. In the pet department of some stores you can find a hydrocortisone spray, also, benadryl spray will stop the itching. You can add a little oatmeal to his bath, regular not instant. Oatmeal soothes the skin. You can put it in your bath also if you have skin problems.
November 22, 2010
The best thing to do is get pills (which are chewable and yummy to dogs) that have omega 3 oils and brewers yeast. Our dog had itchy problems constantly til we got these. Also, there are a lot of treats out there that have those ingredients as well. You can get the pills at Walmart for less than $5 for like 100 of them. You can even find the treats at the dollar store.
August 30, 2011
I've had a similar situation with our Rosie and discovered she was actually allergic to the corn and some of the grains in her dogfood.
She's now on Lamb and Rice for $49.99 a bag for 35 pounds compared to feeding her Pedigree $22.00 for 40 pounds. We have 3 dogs and we had to start feeding it to all of them because the other two thought Rosie was getting something so much better.
For our budget that is very expensive but on the other hand we're not taking her to the Vet and her skin is better. I then noticed every time she came back inside from being out in the yard she was still chewing on herself and started to pay close attention to her every move and actually figured it out.
Rosie has a reaction to Pine Needles and only during the warmer months. During the winter when everything is basically dead in the backyard she's fine.
Per our Vet, she gets 2 Benadryl in the morning and 2 at night. Also when she comes back inside I can actually see hugh red blotches and tiny bite marks and sprinkle Gold Bond Extra Strength Medicated Body Powder".
It's Triple Action Relief, * cooling, * absorbing and * itch relieving.
It greatly soothes all the redness.
I spray our yard but even so as long as we have Pine Needles it's a problem we will always deal with. The border of our entire backyard is nothing but Pine Needles. I rake them up twice a year and my two other dogs have no issues with it.
My friend recently got her first dog, Suzy, a rescue dog. Suzy has had to wear a cone most of the time that my friend has had her because she will bite and lick herself raw if she doesn't have the cone on.
She is on two types of flea medication, uses hypo-allergenic shampoo and is on a restricted diet. She has also been taken into the vet, where they gave her a cortisone shot.
Anybody have any ideas of what is causes her to do this? My friend is at her wits end and doesn't know what else to do.
By Stellabell from Manchester, WA
September 4, 2011
Every fall Zues comes home from his walk in the wet grass, and chews on his feet. He gets what they call red spot, they have a spray in the pet department for this. It stops the itch. Maybe this will stop the itch on the skin.
In August, my dog started itching like crazy. Her sister was itching, too, but not as badly. She scratched a bald spot on herself. I bathed both of them, could not find any fleas, and then the itching subsided somewhat.
I took her and her sister to the vet. Several tests were run, they all came out negative, no mites, no fleas, no indication that her intestines had the wrong bacterial flora, and no pancreatitis.
Has anyone had this happen? The vet put her on a steroid and fish oil. I'm confused by this, I just don't get it.
By Carol from SouthBend, IN
September 23, 2011
Could be the food, but more likely its something out in the yard. My dog starts getting itchy every year around late summer, early fall. I give him fish oil capsules year around, but this time of year, I have to take him to the vet.
Can I give Benadryl to my 3 month old Yorkie terrier for itchy skin? And if so, how much?
May 28, 2011
Benadryl is pretty safe for dogs. I have given it to my chihuahua and my pug mix, it is about 1 mg per pound of body weight, so if she is 5 lbs, about 5 mg., half of a 10 mg tablet. I don't recommend the liquid as it has some alcohol in it. But call your vet, advice is usually free!
I have a 1 year Yorkie, she is my baby, and she itching all the time. At this time I am using a hydrocortisone lotion, but it's been more then 8 weeks and she is still itching. She sleeps with us and I don't sleep well because of that and she doesn't either. I also took her to the vet. She gave her some pills, but still she itches. Can you please help me out?
By Sonia A
November 30, 2012
I agree with the two previous posters. Consider cooking for your dog, but be sure to do some reading on animal nutrition first. There are several good posts on this subject on ThriftyFun. It is a common problem. I took me nearly a year to figure out that my dog could eat brown rice and canned salmon. He never scratched or bit himself again, and he had become nearly hairless. He lived to be 17 years old. Good luck and don't give up.
I have an 11 year old Boston Terrier named Daisy Huckleberry. She is a sweetheart. Her problem is itchy skin. I bathe her in flea shampoo and oatmeal shampoo. This helps but only temporally. Any suggestions on a home remedy to help her get some relief?
Mayverne from North Carolina
Give your dog some Benadryl. Even if it's a 1/2 tablet per day. It relieves the itching just as it would for us. I asked my vet about it and he said it's okay to give to the dog (which I have). (10/05/2005)
I feed my babies Science Diet Sensitive Skin and also feed 3V caps. (they are indoor dogs)
Have you tried giving up the flea shampoo for a while and see if that helps? A lot of those flea shampoos are made up of really toxic ingredients and maybe she's allergic to them. Plus, there's the question of whether you want to expose yourself to the toxic ingredients in flea soaps.
It is more expensive, but it is so easy and safe, to use a drug like Frontline. If you're only worried about fleas, it will last for three months with one treatment. (For ticks, you have to treat once a month). Frontline is currently the "least toxic" method of controlling fleas on pets.
Another thing you could try is giving her some lipids in her diet. We occasionally feed our dog the egg yolks when we have a recipe that calls for whites only. I cook them in the microwave and she loves them. (10/05/2005)
By Kathy K.
I don't know if you have it there, but Lanicane Talcum Powder (For humans) is very good. Stops the 'itch, scratch, itch' cycle, and numbs the skin. If you don't have Lanicane, I'm sure the pharmacist will have something similar which will do the trick. (10/05/2005)
I found vitamin E oil from a drug store soothes iches and is safe if licked from skin.....hope this helps (10/06/2005)
You can also try too put some olive oil on the food. It got too the point that the dog would not eat his food without it. My daughter had too do this for her dog. It did work. (10/06/2005)
By Joyce wis
I have an 8 year old rat terrier who has severe allergies to a lot of stuff. On her rear her skin is really red. I usually just take her to the vet for an allergy shot and that's good for about 30 days, but if I don't have the money to go to the vet I give her a bath in dawn dishwashing liquid, and give her a small dose of liquid benadryl. This really gives her some relief for a few days at a time. I've also used some stuff I found at Wal-Mart for Hot Spots that helps a little. (10/06/2005)
I give my Schiperkee 2 pills a day of Brewers Yeast. And a multivitamin and have to be careful not to give her any foods outside of her regular diet. This always inflames her. (10/06/2005)
My dog had the same problem, he'd bite and scratch until he bleed, after awhile he had a permanent bald spot on his back. I tried all the things on the replies. I finally have a dog with fur, we changed his dog food to lamb an rice and it worked for us. (10/06/2005)
Brew up some strong Lipton tea (use about 7-8 bags). Let cool, and transfer to a spray bottle .. this will greatly relieve the itching, and allow the skin to heal. (This is also very good for human itching also!) (10/21/2005)
Thank you very much for the advice. I am off to the vet today. Wish me luck! (05/23/2006)
I noticed some feedback that includes over the counter human meds. Many of these are TOXIC to pets (most we know are toxic/deadly like: ibuprofin, motrin etc). Also toxic: Lanicane, hydrogen peroxide, etc - -please visit the following site to learn others to stay away from: http://www.shakervet.com/household_medications.html
I have a rat terrier mix breed dog with bad skin allergies. We participated in a new treatment at North Carolina State University Vet Hospital. It is a medication called Cyclosporine. It is WONDERFUL!! He does not scratch, bite or chew if he gets his medicine. I give him 25 mg in a pill every day. It is a prescription from your vet. It is now approved for use in dogs for skin allergies. So contact your vet and try it. It is kinda expensive But well worth the money! By the way this is the same medicine used in people to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. (04/20/2007)
My pug has been on Benadryl for a couple of years. I tried elimination diets, cooking for her, etc. Finally, I asked my vet to give her the allergen blood panel screening. It was $225.00, but it was priceless. She turned out to be allergic to a number of things, including: rice, eggs, turkey, various grasses, trees, regional inhalants (weeds), wool, jute and others. Also, she was border line allergic to wheat, pork, cow's milk and barley. All the things in the expensive holistic foods! Now I cook for her, using chicken, oatmeal, beef and fresh vegetables. She is taking a monthly shot (which I give myself). This runs about $20.00 per month. What a difference it has made in her life! (12/28/2007)
My dog has a very dry, itchy skin problem. I bathe him with oatmeal shampoo and give him one fish oil tablet a day but how do I get rid of it? The poor thing is scratching like no tomorrow.
Dayle from Central Coast, NSW
I read that milk of magnesia does wonders for human skin, I wonder if it would help your dog?
Your dog could have a flea allergy but it's not just due to fleas. 'Chiggers' and other little biting bugs can cause an allergy, too. My sister's little dog has this problem and she tried everything under the sun. The only thing that worked was a 'flea shot' at the vet. (02/04/2008)
Check your dog food before medicating your dog! We were buying our pug a name brand dog food and he had horrible skin problems. The vet recommended the Benadryl, when that didn't work he wanted to give him steroids. The poor things hair was falling out and he scratch continually. I did some research into dog food and found an all natural high quality food for him. Within 3 weeks he had stopped scratching and his hair had started to grow back. granted the food is a little more expensive and i have to go to the pet store to get it but it beats the cost of the medication and is a lot better for our dog. (02/05/2008)
Try using a product called Missing Link. It is a wonderful product that helps with the condition of your pet's skin and also makes their coat healthy and shiny. (02/05/2008)
Where can I buy Missing Link? Thank You, Cecile (02/05/2008)
If this is an outside dog, make sure he does not come in contact with a certain plant called wandering jew, makes any animal itch. If it's in your garden, get rid of it. There's possibly other plants as well that he may be allergic to but this is definitely one of the worst. Good luck, sincerely Kay from country NSW OZ (02/05/2008)
Switch dog food to lamb and rice. It makes a world of difference for our dog. (02/05/2008)
Try switching his food as he may be having food allergies.
Also, try using "missing link", this product is a miracle worker when it comes to skin and joint problems. I purchase online from 1-800 PETMEDS. (02/06/2008)
Hello. I do animal rescue volunteer work, and when I see an itchy dog, I immediately suspect mange (mites in the skin or hair folicle).
Two types of mange are common to us- one resides in the dog's hair follicle (Demodex), and one that chews through skin (Sarcoptic). They eventually lose hair with Demodex mange, and get wild with itch with Sarcoptic mange. (Dog will eventually tear holes in itself to try to stem the itch.)
The vet can do a simple skin scraping to tell if your dog has it, and prescribe a medication that kills it. Sarcoptic in particular is very easily gotten rid of. Good luck (02/06/2008)
I've had good luck with a shampoo called "Malaseb" by DVM Pharmacueticals. I got it from the vet's office, but I see if you do an internet search you can find it at a variety of places. Kind of pricey, but it's really reduced the amount of scratching and licking my shih-tzu does. My vet also recommended that I wash her once a week with the stuff. Good luck! (02/07/2008)
Try using Advantage! (02/08/2008)
Don't bathe him too often - it can dry out his skin and make him more itchy. I have 2 Poms and they get bathed every 3 months, at their groomings, unless they get really dirty - and even then I try not to give a complete bath if it's not needed. They get brushed thoroughly every week, and stay pretty clean. (02/08/2008)
I have a Shih Tzu and have noticed that her skin is itchy and red sometimes. I bought oatmeal and give her a bath on a weekly basis, but it is still happening. What are some things I can do for her itchy skin?
Nancy from Parma, OH
First thing would be to take her to the vet. The itchy skin could be due to inhalant allergies, food allergies, flea allergies, dry skin (possibly from frequent bathing), mange, etc., your vet can help determine the cause.
Once the cause has been targeted, it will be much easier to come up with an appropriate plan of attack that will solve your Shih Tzu's itchiness.
Call your vet and schedule an appointment. (02/22/2008)
We just started using "The Missing Link" product. (Got it from 1 800 pet meds). It works wonders! I have a Bichon who was going crazy with itching, and this is the only thing that stopped it. Her hair is growing back, her coat is much silkier and healthier. It isn't very expensive at all, and is worth a try! (02/22/2008)
I have the same problem with 2 of my 3 dogs. I tried lots of things, but found that using the oatmeal shampoo and then rinsing them in Apple Cider Vinegar is the best. I take an empty water jug and fill with water and 1 cup ACV. (1 gal. water with 1 cup avc) let them drip dry is best, but letting it sit for a while and then towel dry is okay. I only bathe them every 4-6 weeks. (02/22/2008)
I would not give any more baths, they tend to dry out skin and make the itch worse. I had this problem with 2 dogs and was told to give the dogs a cheap allergy pill. It worked great. They both healed within days. (02/22/2008)
I agree with earlier posters. The vet is who should be helping you with this. There are sooo many reasons for itchy skin that you could spend loads of time and money and still not find an answer. Meanwhile, the dog suffers. (02/22/2008)
I have Boston terriers who have dry, flaky, itchy skin as well. I bought some emu oil off of smokymountainminerals.com and poured it on their food and it made a world of difference. They shed less and scratch less and love the taste of the stuff! Give it a try! (02/24/2008)
It would, of course, depend really on what is causing the itching. My aunt used to have 14 dogs at one time years ago and most of them were house dogs. She would use this stuff from the drug store called SULFODENE. You can get it at different places actually, like a feed and seed. It tells you how to use it and why you might need to. If it doesn't work, I would take the dog to a good veterinarian who believes in holistic veterinarianism. (02/24/2008)
By Alice Blevins
Shih Tzus skin will rot! It is very common for that breed, and they end up ripping their fur out :( I would really recommend trimming her fur and adding fish oil to her diet, which helps with the skin if it is dry. You will be able to tell by the roughness of their paws.
Shih Tzus also need special food, because most common dog food will cause allergies in them and can end up being toxic to them. So, that could be what is causing her problem.
Good luck! I hope the little critter feels better. :) (02/24/2008)
I have a 9 month old Boston Terrier, with a severe flea allergy. Her vet gave her a cortisone shot, antibiotics, and a topical flea txt. The hair loss, scratching, biting, and swelling has all stopped. So far she is much better! The vet said it only takes one flea bite to cause a major problem because of her hypersensitivity to the flea saliva. (05/19/2008)
My dog has allergy problems on it's skin from pollen. Any ideas what to use to stop the itch?
Syber from Iowa
I used some stuff called Dermapaw on my dog, the vet said he had allergies, but we could never figure out what he was allergic to. Anyway it's like dog Carmex for their feet. I don't know if it was the balm or the socks that came with it, but it worked. The socks have elastic that goes around their back and hold them on. He didn't mind the socks and didn't itch when he had the Dermapaw and socks on. It took a few months, but eventually he grew his hair back. (11/18/2008)
By Karen M.
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For John with the itchy Akita,
Use only a laundry detergent that is free of dyes and chemicals like Arm and Hammer Free. Do not use dryer sheets. It sounds to me like your dog has a contact allergy, that means some thing it is in contact with is causing the itching. Don't use any chemicals on things your dog touches, you may have to eliminate things, then when your dog is better, start trying things again and see if she gets itchy.
By Dobermom from Damascus, OR (03/13/2009)
My dog scratches all of the time. It drives me crazy. The doctor says it is an allergy. I cannot afford to take him in every month. I just do not know what to do. Please help.
By kathyjimenez from Corpus Christi, TX
Most vets use a combo of hydro-cortisone and steroid shots to treat dogs with dry and itchy skin. A natural and far less expensive alternative is to mix about a tbsp. of Omega-3 fish oil into the dog's food once a day. (Fish Oil capsules can be purchased at Walmart for around $5 - $6.) Use a large safety-pin to puncture the capsule and squeeze oil into measure spoon. Use enough capsules to equal one tbsp. It's probably one of the most beneficial things you can do because it treats the problem from the inside out and boosts immunity.
Another quick fix is a warm bath with oatmeal. Take 1-2 cups of plain oatmeal and place them in blender. Blend until you have a fine powder. Sprinkle into a lukewarm bath, making sure no clumps form and the oatmeal is evenly dissolved. Let your dog sit in the water for 10-15 minutes. Scoop the water up and massage into dog's fur so that the oatmeal water can reach and coat the skin. Obviously you can adjust the water/oatmeal ratio depending on dog's size.
Good luck! (07/23/2009)
By Cali's Mom
I have a staffy who is 9 years old. After spending heaps at the vet, I came across this tip and it works great! Take 3 green tea bags, soak in a liter of hot water, add fresh or dried mint. Add enough cold water to make it warm, pour over your dog, and let dry naturally. The green tea stops the itch and the mint repels the fleas. (07/27/2009)
My dog was like that. He ended up being allergic to corn, which is in most dog food. When I switched to a corn free diet, he got better. (07/27/2009)
I heard on this site one time about a homemade itch reliever. In a spray bottle put one part Listerine (original flavor, I used Walmart brand), one part baby oil, and one part water. Always shake it up before spraying on the dog. I spray every time I see her really getting a good scratch in. It seems to work. At first it doesn't work as well, but keep on trying it. It doesn't smell too bad either. (07/27/2009)
I give my dog some pills that are sold at Walmart in pet dept. It is brewer's yeast for healthy coats and skin. It works well. I give my dog one daily. Good luck. (09/07/2009)
Witch hazel also works pretty well. Put a sprayer on the witch hazel bottle and spray the area and rub it in.
There is also a product called "Bitter Apple" but that doesn't treat the problem. It just leaves a bitter taste on the fur so they won't chew on themselves.
Also, check to see what the dog is laying/sitting on most of the time. Sometimes after carpeting is cleaned there is a chemical residue left behind and many animals/babies are allergic to it; the only solution I know of is to steam clean your carpets yourself just using plain hot water. A rug Doctor is best since you can suck up the chemicals and leave only water behind.
Also, try not to bathe the dog too often, it can dry out the skin and make them itch. You can try Aveeno body wash, which has an oatmeal base and is very gentle on the skin. (09/07/2009)
I have a mostly white terrier mix who starts scratching incessantly every summer. This summer I couldn't afford a vet trip so I went online for help. Someone suggested it might be an airborne allergy problem (especially since it's seasonal) and said that you can give Benadryl to dogs. The dose was 1 mg/lb of body weight. I first used the liquid dye-free children's Benadryl which really helped. When that ran out I bought the tablets and put one 25 mg tablet in a bit of peanut butter (he's 30 lbs) and gave it to him every 4-6 hrs. Completely saved our poor puppy from his itching. The sores healed and his hair grew back. Hope this helps others with the same problem. (11/06/2009)
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Do Pomeranian Yorkie mixes usually have dry, itchy skin? Or could it be the collar she's still not used to yet?
By Gracie from Norwalk, CA
I would start giving it a fish oil pill, one milligram of Benadryl for each pound of the dog, and wipe his feet and his fur off at the end of each day with a soft rag that is damp enough but not wet enough to make him dripping wet. Get all the way down to the skin and rub, not hard enough to hurt but enough to stimulate the skin. Is your dog food pretty good? A good way to tell is how active and bright your dog's eyes are.
Changing foods is always helpful and you can supplement his eating with chicken. And when you buy treats, don't buy the dog bones or boxed treats, buy a small bag of really good dog food with meat (not by products) as a first ingredient. Also, it helps sometimes to put a few drops of baby vitamins on its treats when you give it to the doggy. When bathing, after the bath with dog shampoo, pour some water that had oatmeal strained out of it and rub it in and rinse with warm water.
Have fun, Robyn (03/18/2010)
By Robyn Fed
I meant to rub all over the dog's fur and feet and get it kind of clean with a wet rag, not a dripping one. This works on people, too, at the end of the day to do this or after they have been outdoors. It also makes their fur so soft. Pollen and dirt makes fur seem waxy and dirty. I like the way it fluffs them up! Blessings, Robyn (03/18/2010)
By Robyn Fed
Do hope it is not a flea collar. No dog food from the grocery store. Raw diet--easy. No vaccines. That's a killer. No corn (now genetically modified), no wheat or soy. A little fresh pressed flax oil. Build immune system. Do not destroy it with pharmaceuticals or food that has been so poisoned. (03/19/2010)
Fleas? Dry borax in the carpets. See my previous posts. Get rid of the flea collar if you have one. That poison can kill. It goes straight to kidneys and liver. (03/19/2010)
Feed your dog good quality food. Make sure the dog food does not have byproducts, hormones, antibiotics, added salt, BHA/BHT, artificial flavors, fillers, wheat, flour, corn, soy or sugar. All of these are junk and will give your dog allergies and other health issues. Also, give your dog a good quality fish oil. (03/25/2010)
My male dog itches and scratches himself. He has been treated for fleas. Any ideas what could be wrong?
By Joanne from Spain
See my other posts. Does his diet have corn, wheat, or soy in anything? Big no no. They cause allergies, dry coat, and itchy skin. Fleas? You know to use borax in the house. (04/19/2010)
If your dog is on commercial dog food, put him on a fresh-meat diet. We had the same problem with our dog, Ben, and cured him by giving him meat from the butcher's. Be sure to mix in a bit of barley, oats, peas, and chopped carrot, in order that your dog gets sufficient vitamins. Also, give him a raw egg occasionally. Tinned dog food is rubbish, believe me. (04/19/2010)
If your dog has patches of hair missing, it might be mange and you will need a veterinarian. My dog was allergic to his food. I would change his diet, and after 6 months he would be scratching and chewing again. I finally cooked brown rice with a bit of olive oil, added canned salmon (1/3 salmon to 2/3 rice), bones and all. He never scratched again until he died at age 17. Keep trying until you get the right mix. It is strange what they can be allergic to. The thing that set him off the worst was broccoli. Good luck. (04/20/2010)
Maybe it's just dry skin. My three month old puppy kept scratching after flea treatment. The vet ran a skin scrape and other tests on him that all came back negative. $117 later he was put on doggy fish oil capsules (I smear peanut butter on his and mix with his food. Two in morning and one at night.) I came home making jokes about this diagnosis. Within about ten days he was 90% better. But, since the expensive ones for dogs were just like the much cheaper fish oil capsules we already had in the kitchen cabinet when his prescription needs to be refilled I plan on substituting with "people" fish oil. (04/21/2010)
My Springer Spaniel has very bad skin allergies in the summer. Year round he gets prescription drugs from our vet and we feed him a dog food made of salmon and sweet potato. It seems to have helped him, also morning and night he gets a Benadryl capsule for the itching, derm caps and brewer's yeast for his coat. Springers and Cockers are prone to skin allergies and we've done it all to combat the allergies. These pills seem to work. (04/21/2010)
I have an eight week old Yorkie, and he weighs about 1 pound. He has dry flaky skin and is constantly itching. Now my husband has what looks like mosquito bites all over him. We took the puppy to the vet and he checked for mites, and he didn't find any and no fleas. Any suggestions?
By Terri from NE
Get some of that flea and tick medication. I have 2 Yorkies and they both are 5 years old. Ever since they were puppies they had itchy skin, until I used that stuff on them and now they don't itch anymore. (05/19/2010)
Have you checked for bed bugs? They also itch like fleas and dogs can get it, too. (05/20/2010)
Keep your dog away from corn products in food and everything else. This will help and make sure it is getting enough oil in its food for the skin. You can also use mineral oil to clean the ears and maybe use a little on its skin if they have an area where it does not get on your household things, but really keep them away from corn products! (05/20/2010)
Food allergies or have your vet test for Addison's disease. It can be fatal. (05/25/2010)
I am looking for help with dogs with itchy skin.
By Karen from Rossvill, GA
I have the same problem with my three little dogs, 2 Chihuahuas and a Papillon now and again. It appears to be seasonal, so probably allergy based. Apart from being vigilant with tick and flea preventatives, I have found that a tip I found on Thrifty Fun worked extremely well. It was using Epsom salts in the rinse water after a bath. It worked almost instantly and now I keep packets of it in the cupboard. Great stuff, cheap and harmless. It won't hurt your dogs even if it isn't successful.
Cheers from Oz
Salt has incredible healing powers. I know when I have any type of skin issue I go to the beach and that takes care of it. I just saw this post and wanted to tell you you can buy a product called Vet Aid which is a sea salt spray. It works wonders! That way you don't always have to bathe your dog when you need to treat those itches. Good luck! (09/08/2010)
Are there any home remedies to help our dog who is scratching, biting, and itching constantly? He is being treated for allergies, but it has been so bad yesterday and today. I want to help him tonight, but not sure where to turn. Thanks.
By pitiful from Muskegon, MI
Get a product that is called Bag Balm. It will really help him! (10/19/2010)
We have a Doberman who began scratching and biting himself constantly and our vet advised us to break up a 1200 mg fish oil capsule and pour it over his food when we fed him. We have been doing this and no more scratching. It may take a week or two for this to help.
By Pepsi Gal