Dog skin irritations are a common problem. Dogs with itchy skin are one of the most common complaints vets will see in their clinics. There are different reasons though that your dog is itchy and it is important to know why and what is causing the problem. You can then, of course, tackle the problem with more information.
There are usually 4 main reasons for a dog's itchy skin, and they are:
- Allergies-these can be inhalants such as pollen and grasses. Symptoms usually show up in the form of itchy feet. Your dog will constantly be chewing and scratching.
- Flea allergy- this is usually seen on the back of the dog and above the tail region
- Food allergies-again saw in itchy feet or on the face. Beef & dairy are common food allergies for dogs
- Scabies or mites. These are highly contagious and need to be treated by your vet to prevent infection and spreading.
When you know what is causing the problem you can then look to natural remedies to see what is available. Nature has, of course, provided some very helpful herbs which can make a huge difference to your dog's itchy skin.
Herbs can help with dog skin problems and help you get the best dog grooming results. A dog’s outward appearance is an indication of its internal well being and health condition. Most skin treatments are applied externally to the skin while ignoring the internal state of health. Herbs work inwardly by restoring, strengthening and nourishing the whole body and therefore help create a naturally glossy coat and healthy skin. If your dog is itchy, you can start by boosting his immune system. Herbs such as Rosehips, kelp, and garlic are great for general well being.
- Herbs provide essential vitamins and minerals
- Can deter natural nuisance insects and fleas -Natural Flea Oil can help repel fleas.
- Soothe minor skin irritations
- Enhance the digestive system
- Desensitises nervous behaviour due to itching
Herbs can also help to soothe and de-sensitise the nervous system if an allergy is causing your dog to be itchy. Herbs such as chamomile and vervain are nervine herbs and are wonderful for soothing anxious itchy behaviour. With allergies there is often an overactive nervous system so by soothing it you are helping with the symptoms.
Natural anti-histamines such as horseradish are also great for itchy allergies in your dog and will help soothe any nasal drip and sinus issues. Marshmallow is great for mucous buildup and garlic will act as a natural antibiotic in case of infection.
Whenever there is the question “is my dog itchy?” always remember to work out what is causing the problem first then looking at what herbal remedies may be worth a try. Unfortunately often with vet medicines, there can be side effects such as with prednisone so why not try something natural and help your dogs to live a longer, happier life.