Perhaps your dog is itching and scratching way too much. While you need to figure out what the underlying cause is, you also need to provide some relief before they tear up their skin. There are plenty of products out there that will provide relief to all that itching, but you really should try to stay as natural as possible.
Many times dog itching is caused by allergies, and many times these allergies are due to artificial and chemical substances that your dog comes in contact with or eats. And while cortisone based products do help reduce the itchy feeling, it’s just one more foreign substance that your dog’s body has to deal with.
One of the best natural remedies for dog itching is colloidal oatmeal. It is even recognized by the FDA as an effective way to soothe skin and reduce itching. The best way to apply this to your dog is in a bath. There are special colloidal oatmeal dog shampoos you can use, or you can go to the health store and get colloidal oatmeal and make a runny paste out of it. Apply the paste or shampoo to your dog and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.
Another natural remedy is nutrition. Many dog foods don’t enough quality nutrients in them to really nourish your dog. Whether your dog has an actual food allergy or just dry skin, improper nutrition could be the cause for all the itching. You may want to try feeding a hypoallergenic dog food to not only help build up the health in your dog, but also to avoid any possible foods that are causing any problems. The best hypoallergenic dog food to get is one with completely different ingredients from what you are currently feeding. The downside is that it will take up to 12 weeks to see complete improvement – don’t let that discourage you.
Whether you try colloidal oatmeal or improved nutrition, or any other recommended remedy, do try to stay with all natural ingredients. Our dogs are bombarded enough with too many pollutants and chemicals and their poor bodies are finding it hard to cope. Go gentler on your dog – go natural.