The first thought that comes to mind when your dog scratches himself is flea infestation or skin allergy. But, constantly biting and licking a specific spot could be an indication of underlying problems like skin parasites or endocrine disorders.
Continuous scratching can cause hair loss, trauma, and aggravate skin infections. Often, itchy skin is caused by a combination of allergy and dry skin conditions. Your dog’s skin gets irritated when it becomes dry, which can lead to the growth of allergens and then a flea bite, which triggers scratching. Follow these five tips to provide relief to your dog from itchy skin.
Feed a Dollop of Yogurt
A simple and easy way to tackle and prevent skin and yeast infections is to feed your dog yogurt. If you have a small dog, feed him 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt 3-4 days a week, and if you have a big dog, feed him 2-3 tablespoons of yogurt 3-4 days a week. Yogurt contains active bacteria that work as a probiotic to improve your dog's digestive system.
Nourish your Dog’s Skin with Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil provides some quick relief while moisturizing your dog’s irritated skin. Applying Coconut Oil directly on the affected area helps soothe the skin and relieve the itching sensation. You can also mix one tablespoon of Coconut Oil in your dog’s food to boost his immunity.
Avoid Bathing your Dog Frequently
If your dog has irritated, injured, or dry skin, avoid using a harsh shampoo or too much shampoo while bathing him. Bathe him just once a month, or his skin may lose vital nutrients. In between baths, you can keep his skin and coat fresh by using a no-rinse spray with herbal ingredients like Lemon and Tulasi.
Use a Mild Cleanser
Choose an antiseptic and antibacterial cleanser that helps prevent and manage pruritus (itching) and pyoderma (superficial bacterial infection). Use a shampoo that has the goodness of natural herbs like Neem, Hibiscus, and Eucalyptus Oil. These ingredients gently condition the skin while relieving itching, redness, irritation, and combating bacterial and fungal skin infections.
Incorporate the Goodness of Oatmeal
Once a month, an oatmeal soak will moisturize and condition your dog’s skin. Mix ground oatmeal with an equal amount of warm water to make a natural rinse. Pour this over your dog’s skin and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off. Oatmeal relieves itching and soothes your dog’s skin.
While these tips can provide some relief to your dog’s distressed skin, they are just quick fixes. In case your dog’s itchy and irritated skin persists, get some expert advice from a vet.