Having a dog with allergies isn’t fun for your dog or for you. Watching your dog scratch, roll around, or chew on their paws until they have no fur left can be very uncomfortable for them. I had a Golden Retriever that in the summer, he wouldn’t have any fur on either of his back paws. It got so bad, that we eventually had to take him to an allergy specialist for dogs.
I would like to help prevent you from having to go to that extreme. I have learned many things to relieve the itching since then, and I am going to share some home remedies for dog itching and also some allergy medicine for dogs.
What Are Allergies
Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to something that isn’t really a threat. The immune system protects dogs from foreign materials such as bacteria, but sometimes it overworks on other things that aren’t actually a threat to your dog’s system.
Common Allergies In Dogs
The most common cause of dog allergies are flea bites. Skin irritations, hot spots, hair loss and scratching that will lead to superficial skin wounds are often caused by an allergic reaction to flea saliva. Protecting your pet against fleas is one of the most effective ways to prevent skin allergies and hot spots.
Dogs are also commonly allergic to beef, dairy, wheat, fish, pollen, eggs, yeast, chicken, pork, lamb, corn, soybeans and rice.
Key facts about dogs with allergies
- Most common cause of allergies in dogs is fleas. That is why it is important to protect them with flea protection like Frontline to avoid ever getting the itching problem.
- 50% of dogs with allergies will have ear infections and that may be their only symptom.
- 66% of dog food allergies are caused by beef, dairy and fish.
Dogs Most At Risk
Although any breed of dog can have problems with allergies, there are several breeds that have more problems than others.
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- English Setters
- Irish Setters
- Boston Terriers
- Cairn Terriers
- Fox Terriers
- Sealyham Terriers
- Scottish Terriers
- West Highland White Terriers
- Wheaton terriers
- Cocker Spaniels
- Lhasa Apso
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Shar Peis
Home Remedies For Dog Itching
There are many items that you probably already have at home that I would suggest trying before spending lots of money on other cures, and if you don’t have the following items, you can purchase these over-the-counter and it will be less expensive than a prescription and a vet bill. Try one of the following first if your dog has excessive itching.
Apple Cider Vinegar – It has many benefits. It helps relieve your dog’s itchy skin and paws. Mix 50/50 solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and water to put on your dog’s skin. Use spray bottle to apply. Avoid wounds or raw skin, as it will sting on these areas. It can be used daily. You can also soak paws up to 5 minutes.
Yogurt – Make sure to only give them plain with no sugar added. Yogurt helps keep good bacteria in your dog’s stomach. It will help their immune system which can stop skin infections and yeast infections from happening. Yogurt also helps prevent yeast ear infections. It can also help prevent diarrhea. You can give directly or mix in their food. 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 2 teaspoons for big dogs a few times a week.
Olive Oil – Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins E and K which can replenish your dog’s fur coat and helps their fur coat grow thick and shiny. Add it directly to your dog’s food. 1 Tablespoon 2-3 times a week.
Coconut Oil – It is a great moisturizer applied topically, but it can also be given orally to help boost your dog’s immune system. You can apply directly to your dog’s skin to help moisturize and soothe your dog’s skin. You can find at your pet store or buy here.
Evening Primrose Oil – It has an active anti inflammatory and anti-itch properties. You can apply directly to your dog’s skin to treat dry or itchy skin issues. Orally it can help calm allergies and boosts the immune system. Add a few drops on food or in their water.
Chamomile Tea – It can alleviate any minor skin irritation when sprayed on sensitive, itchy spots. Chill in the refrigerator. The chilled tea kills yeast and bacteria on the skin and relieves inflammation. Either spray on paws or soak paws in a small tub of the cold tea.
Epson Salt – Soaking paws in warm water and Epsom Salt reduces swelling of itchy paws and speeds up healing time for any small, open sores.
If You Can’t Relief With Home Remedies
If you have tried some of the above suggestions and still aren’t getting relief for your dog, you might want to try some of the following medicines or shampoos. Some of them you will need a prescription from your Vet.
Vets+Best – Washes away allergens. Has essential oils and oatmeal.
Allermly Shampoo – Alleviates allergic symptoms
Be careful not to over bathe your dog though. It can cause their skin to dry out and cause more itching.
Vets+Best Healthy Coat Shed and Itch Relief
Cyclosporine – need a prescription from your vet.
Apoquel – need a prescription from your vet.
Prednisone – need a prescription from your vet.
Super Pure Omega 3
If you are getting a new dog or puppy, ask ahead of time if they have allergies, or if the parents of the new puppy have allergies. Like I mentioned before, I had a dog with severe allergies. When I took him to the allergy specialist, it turned out he was allergic to just about everything. I ended up having to give him shots every 3 weeks just to give him some relief. The next Golden Retrievers I got, I asked before choosing them if the parents had allergies. They said no, and as it turned out we had no problems with them and allergies.
Try the home remedies before spending all kinds of money to see if you can maybe solve the problem on your own and save some money in the process.
Please leave a comment below if you have had success with any of the above products or if you have other suggestions to help out other dog owners. You can also leave questions below and I will get back to you. Thanks for reading.