Remedies for a Dog's Itchy Skin

Remedy for Dog with Itchy Skin
The cause of the scratching can be determined by a visit to the vet who can suggest treatments or medication. Sometimes, it can be the symptom of a much more serious problem.

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Use Listerine, amber colored only, for itch. Make sure you get the feet entirely wet along with body parts. It can be used on livestock and pets safely. Helps cure almost any itch, from fungus, yeast, allergy itch, or habit.

Their diet must be cleaned up too. No corn, wheat, or soy. They are all allergens, especially now with GMOs. Never buy pet food from the grocery store. Purina is so commercial it almost always has its first ingredient as corn, the biggest allergen. Include some raw food including fruits and veggies (NEVER any grapes or raisins as they can kill). Check on Diamond lamb and rice at the horse feed store. It is inexpensive and the first ingredient is lamb.


Vaccines can bring on immune system failure. Vaccine ingredients are very dangerous to the brain and other organs. Google ingredients to verify. The rabies vaccine is ,However, mandatory for getting a license.

You can use dry 20 Mule Team Borax in carpets for flea infestation. Don't use flea poisons. They enter the liver and kidneys. Build immune system with good food and good care. It takes a while, but is well worth it. Fleas don't seem interested in biting as much, life is longer, and certainly more comfortable.

Source: Lots of research and lots of years of fostering and taking in the less fortunate.

By vicki hood from Roseburg, OR

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May 14, 2014

I had a Golden Retriever who developed welts and hotspots from flea bites and had a Labrador Retriever who had skin dermatitis. The following are some tips for you to try that have helped us (once you've eliminated mange, or other bacterial skin issues with your vet):

  • One vet recommended Gold Bond medicated powder. There are several strengths. I applied this directly to hotspots after cutting away the hair. You can also apply to generally itchy skin. Make sure to apply outside and keep your dogs' eyes/nose/mouth UPWIND. It burns and my dog hated it. But, he would also see me coming with the bottle and run outside and immediately lay down - it worked that well. I would gently apply it, gently work it in, and then get him up and pat the areas so the excess would blow off DOWNWIND.
  • My holistic vet recommended Domeboro - these are tablets available at a drug store. I mixed the recipe at 1/3 and held compresses on the oozing or itchy areas, sores, rash for about 15 or so minutes. It works as an astringent and dries the sore or rash out. You'll notice the chalky feel on your hands when you're done.
  • Another product I used for years is CoolSpot 2000. It's available online. It can be pricey (around $20 for 4 oz.), so look around for the best deal. It's great as an antibacterial on sores, welts, hotspots, etc. I would use this to treat an area, distract my dog with some play to let the area dry, and then follow up with the Gold Bond powder.
  • As for shampoo, I've used the sensitive/baby version of Dr. Bronner's. It's concentrated, so I use only about 1 Tbsp. per 2-3 cups of water. You don't need it to lather up to give a good bath. To this, I'll add a quick squirt of vegetable glycerin and a quick squirt of good aloe vera gel. Shake and mix it up well and bathe. For a great rinse, use about 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar to 2 qts. of water. This helps reduce itchiness on the skin and makes their hair wonderfully soft. Pour it on and work it in and leave it on - don't rinse.

    CRITICALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: Vinegar can burn like the dickens on any open sore or rash. PLEASE do not use if your pet is having these problems. A possibility for these issues is to dilute it to about 1 Tbsp. of vinegar to 3 qts. of water or even more water. It doesn't take a lot to show results. Once the sores are reduced, you can increase the amount slightly for maintenance.
  • Yeast issues in ears. Make a concoction of white vinegar and water - 1:1 parts. So 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. You can add a Tbsp. of over the counter hydrogen peroxide to this. Drizzle some on a rag or cotton and clean the ears out. Don't put so much on it that it drips down in the ears.
  • A solution of Epsom salts can reduce itchiness and act as an astringent as well for the skin.
  • Hope these tips help some of you struggling with these canine issues. Been there, done that, and spent the money. Good luck!

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January 15, 2014

My pup has super bad allergies to the point where he's driving himself crazy trying to scratch and lick his paws and chew his skin away. He gets bumps all along the top of his body (no redness or hives or anything on his belly or by his doggy parts). I've taken him to 3 different vets and they all gave me different stories, but the same meds (steroids).

I've changed his food, bathed him in oatmeal and hypoallergenic shampoo, I've used sprays, lotions and nothing is working. The lotion I use(d) is called, ResiCORT Leave-on Lotion for dogs, cats, and horses by Virbac animal health dermatology. It works for the most part on restoring his hair missing from the bald spots.


Whatever he has, it comes back around every 3-4 months (1 of the vets told me this would happen and he would have to be on pills the rest of his doggy days). He goes on a scratching and chewing his skin binge. I feel super bad for him, but don't know what else to do. Only he gets it.

I have his brother and another male red nose Pit in the same house and nothing ever goes wrong with their skin, no allergies, scratching, chewing of the skin, nothing. Does anybody else have this problem with their pups? Thanks bunches for any ideas and thoughts.

By Jenny L.


January 18, 20142 found this helpful
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My German Shepherd had a condition called seborrhea and had all the same symptoms as your dog. Also, his coat felt greasy and he smelled. He scratched constantly. We spent about five thousand dollars on vet bills and prescriptions, steroids, and none of it worked. His allergy tests showed him allergic to everything..foods, grass, etc. We put him on Purina One Beyond which contains no wheat, corn or soy.


Then we put him on a supplement called Dinovite that we heard a commercial for on the radio. We were willing to try anything. You can only buy it on line. It did the trick. My vet was amazed. She said she wished she had taken a picture of him before. His coat is thick, shiny, no odor, no scratching. He is beautiful!

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March 1, 2014

My dog has a problem. She's itchy a lot. I don't know what to do. Help me.

By Angela


March 2, 20140 found this helpful
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She could be allergic to her food. Give her a bath with dawn dishwashing liquid, not getting any in her eyes. Then change her food to a different form of meat that what she has now, and make sure it has no by products, and corn is not in it. You can go look at the feed store to find them or look for rachel ray dog food.


Get the dog a capstar, then give it to her to see if it gives her any relief. Start giving her a bit of coconut oil on a spoon everyday, and watch and look for improvement.

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July 7, 2013

My Pit Bull won't stop itching, scratching, or biting himself. He also smells bad. He scratches himself till he bleeds, he is losing hair on his tall and back. He has no fleas and I give him baths and nothing seems to work. Does anyone know what is causing him to do this? Please help.

By Milton


July 8, 20130 found this helpful

Please take your dog to a vet. There are many possible causes for the itch, but if he smells he might have a secondary infection which would require antibiotics. There are many things that cause itch that can't be cured without drugs from the vet so please make an appointment as soon as you can.

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July 11, 20130 found this helpful

Please ask your vet if your dog has seborreah. It is a skin disease that causes the dog to scratch constantly, the fur is oily and smelly and there may be bald spots. We rescued a German Shepherd who had it and it took us forever to get it under control. But what really worked is a shampoo called Malaseb.


You can use it as often as needed. The big change came from a product called Dinovite which is a powder you add to the dogs food. You can only buy it from the manufacturer on line. My dog now has whiskers, a beautiful coat and never scratches. It is like a miracle.

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July 11, 20130 found this helpful

The symptoms you describe could be a food allergy. Try changing your dog to a high quality lamb and rice dog food. My dog had this problem until I figured out he could eat salmon and rice. He then ate that without any problem until he was 17 years old. Look for dog food allergy posts on this site.

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July 14, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds like your dog is having a bag allergy attack. This web site maybe able to help you and your dog.

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August 31, 2011

I have a female 57 variety dog. She is about 10 yrs old and very nervous. We have had her since she was 6 months old. She is frightened of everything and everybody.

It's very hot here just now. She has Frontline monthly so no fleas or ticks, but she just doesn't stop scratching. She is scratching so much she is losing her hair. I have been to the vet's and got some shampoo which was expensive. I don't mind this, but it didn't work. Now they are talking about her food as the possible problem. I put oil in her food. She is fed just once a day because it's so hot.

Any ideas would be great. Should I be putting cream on her? She never goes out in the sun, ever. Help please.

By Christina


August 31, 20110 found this helpful

Try feeding her dog food for a month with no soybean. You may even go so far a making your own dog food. The soymeal has been know to cause skin problems and other problems in dogs. It's certainly worth a try.

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Christina,
I have 2 labs that are inside children. They are on Comfortis for flea preventative. Since it has been so dry this summer, it seems to have affected their skin like it does our allergies. I got a box of Aveeno oatmeal bath. Stores sell their brand which is cheaper than name brand. I use a pack of it in their bath water when I bathe them each weekend. Seems to soothe their skin so they do not scratch. Hope that it works for your dog.

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September 1, 20111 found this helpful

No grocery store pet food, no corn wheat or soy. Fish oil supplement is great a little plan yogurt is good. At least some raw diet. cook natural as you can, it is even less expensive than Purina. Best advice is nzymes granules. Their container of granules will last a very long time. You will find you will never want to be without it again. Great for skin (fungus, allergy, diet deficiency). Good for joints, healing and general health. Possibly her thyroid is slow.

No more poisons (frontline and others). Dry Borax in carpets, cedercide in yard (5 pound container lasts more than a year for average yard. No vaccines. They shut down the immune system. Google thuja for vaccine toxicity help. Check any anti vaccine site for ingredients in vaccines, ugly. Documented on Write if you need me.

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

I agree on the oatmeal bath rather than an expensive shampoo. Unless the vet thinks she has some kind of fungus and the shampoo is a fungicide. Did the vet say anything about giving her benadryl at least for the short term to keep her from tearing her skin up with scratching? I would ask about the dosage for your dog's weight. Have you changed food recently? I find it hard to believe that she would suddenly have problems with a food she has been eating for years. Or has the manufacturer changed the ingredients in the dog food? Good luck and I hope your friend feels better soon.

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February 25, 2016

I have a 10 year old Chihuahua who recently, in the last 2 months, started losing his hair on his back. When I give him baths he starts scratching really badly afterwards and his skin starts flaking. I use Sergeant's flea and tick shampoo. What can I use to help his dry skin so he doesn't scratch so much after a bath?

He has to eat wet foods because his jaw isn't strong enough to chew hard food anymore. Can I use cocoa butter on his dry skin or will it hurt him?

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December 19, 2015

My 5 year old Shih Tzu on top of having to ear infection is constantly scratching. I don't know what to do for her. What can I do? I need help.


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December 19, 20151 found this helpful

Your dog obviously has a problem that may or may not be related to the ear infection. As you do not know what causes the scratching, I suggest you take her to your vet immediately as she may have fleas, an allergy, a response to a medication, etc. If you delay taking her to your vet, it is most likely that she will continue scratching and may develop new skin and other problems from whatever is causing the scratching. The most cost-effective approach is to find the cause and provide treatment now.

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December 22, 20150 found this helpful

Are you treating the ear infection? What is the treatment you are using?
Shih Tzus are small lap dogs bred to be pampered. They require lots of care in the form of professional grooming. They are also delicate and you have to have funds available for vet care if you are going to own one.
Shih Tzus are prone to certain health problems, including Intervertebral Disk Disease, Patellar Luxation, Stenotic Nares or Hypothyroidism.
As far as the skin condition is concerned, it could be anything, from mange to a fungal infection or possibly an allergy. A skin scrape will be necessary.

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October 13, 2016

My Yorkie, Ziva has been tested at the vet and is allergic to dust mites of all things. Mainly she chews her feet; it has been suggested on website that she be given Benadryl; 1 mg per pound of her weight.

I also read an article in a vet's magazine that said 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil on her food might help. Does anyone have any views on this?

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November 8, 2017

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