With all the weird weather we’ve been having, there’s a good chance your dog’s skin has been suffering. There are some quick home-remedy methods available to you to help ease an itchy dog - helping to comfort them and give you peace of mind in one fell swoop. Like any change to your dog’s diet or health-care regimens, check with your vet to make sure it’s warranted.
Vitamin E Supplements
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for dogs, which is why there is ample amounts of it in most commercially available foods. However, some dogs can benefit significantly from some additional Vitamin E - especially those with dry patches of skin, serious allergies, and regular ear problems. There are several types of supplements available, including soft chews, liquid capsules, or even topically (if there are obvious problem spots on their skin). Consult with a vet about this option - it is possible to overdose on Vitamin E, as it is fat-soluble.
These can provide relief if your dog has had a busy, hard day of playing. Epsom salt baths work wonders for sore, overworked muscles, and they can also help provide relief for any foot sores - even those that are between your dog’s toes.
It isn’t just for people: there are plenty of benefits in canine oatmeal baths as well. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, so it is perfect if your dog breaks out with a rash; it can immediately provide relief from the itchiness and help swelling go down. It doesn’t even have to be a full-blown bath. You can mix up just a small amount and hold it directly over any small problem areas to help provide comfort.
Extra Oil in Food
Omega-3s are also very good for dog skin and coats alike, so adding a bit extra in their meals a couple times a week can have a noticeable effect on them. Look for something like flaxseed oil, fish oil, or krill oil - all can provide the omega-3 fatty acids to help with joint pain, muscle soreness, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart issues, and even more. Again, you don’t want to go overboard - talk to your vet and see if a little extra oil could benefit your dog, and how often you should add it in.
Licorice Root for serious itching
If your dog has had a nasty run-in with an irritation-causing plant or has just gotten over a bout of fleas, a bath with a little bit of licorice root extract may be just what they need. This is not the same as Halloween licorice - licorice root is a cortisone that can help reduce itchiness and reduce a need to scratch. Last time we’ll say it: consult with a vet before going in on this. Cortisone is a steroid, so you’ll want to know the proper method to use it to help ease your dog’s itchiness.
Take care of your dog and take care of your home. Make sure you keep a supply of an odor and stain eliminator like Bio-nihilator around to make sure you feel as comfortable around the house as your dog feels in their own skin.