Allergies, chemical irritants, plant toxins, insects, parasites, dryness, diet, and a whole host of other pet health issues can cause your dog, cat, or other pet to be itching incessantly. Check out Earth Clinic’s medical library of first-person reviews on the causes and cures of their pet’s itchy skin problem!
Natural Remedies and Tips for Itchy Skin
1. Change the Diet
Is your dog itching more than usual, but nothing you do can get him or her to stop? It could be the food! Dog food and other commercial pet foods can be high in carbohydrates and potential food allergens that may cause itchy skin. Our readers find that switching to a grain-free food can often help ease itchy skin if the allergen is coming from the food.
Raw food brands, either frozen or freeze-dried are reported to be the very best in stopping allergy symptoms in pets.
Pets are also prone to allergies of all kinds, and just like us they need to be properly hydrated.
2. Check for Fleas
Check for fleas that may be causing the itching. If you see bumps, rashes, or welts you will have a better idea of what is causing the itching and can pick the right remedy for that particular itch.
We recommend using a flea comb every day, even if you use a monthly topical flea medication. Flea medications still take a day or more to kill a flea once it has jumped on your pet, so using a flea comb can prevent scratching and resulting skin infections from scratching too much.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar, #1 Most Popular Remedy for Itchy Skin
Spraying or washing your dog with a diluted apple cider vinegar solution can restore the acidic nature of your pet’s skin, kill off pathogens, and soothe the itch. Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to your dog or cat’s food or water may also help treat itchy skin from the inside, as it does for people. Oatmeal baths, fish oil supplements, and herbal remedies may help your pet ditch the itch too!
4. Ted’s Famous Borax and Peroxide Skin Wash
Ted’s original recipe for mange has helped thousands of pets worldwide with itchy skin from a variety of causes. It doesn’t have to be mange in order for this amazing and safe formula to work on a pet’s itchy skin issues.
Mix together the following:
- 2 cups hydrogen peroxide
- 4 cups warm water
- 3 heaping tablespoons of borax
Use the mixture to wash your pet’s skin. Allow the mixture to dry on the skin.
Read more tips and feedback from hundreds of Earth Clinic readers who have tried Ted’s Mange cure for the past 15 years here. And continue reading below for many more natural cures that you could try to alleviate itchy skin and let us know what worked for you!
5. Rule Out Environmental Allergies
If you have tried changing your pet’s diet, made sure they have no fleas, and tried various home remedies to no avail, the next step is to test for environmental allergens. Many pets are allergic to various tree and plant pollen. Watery, red eyes and red or pink inflamed skin could be signs of environmental allergies.
If you suspect your dog’s itchy skin is caused by outside allergies, try boosting his or her immune system with medicinal mushrooms like Reishi or Turkey Tail.
Continue reading below for many more tips from our readers who have tried various remedies, herbs, supplements and home treatments to cure their pet’s itchy skin! Please join the conversation if you have tried one of their remedies.