Natural Remedies for Eczema in Dogs

Natural remedies for eczema help to treat the symptoms and alleviate the cause of the allergic reaction in your pet. It’s important for pet owners to understand the fact that eczema or any other form of allergy cannot be cured. Instead, the root cause of the allergy needs to be identified and removed and also the symptoms of the allergy treated.

Some Natural Remedies for Eczema

Natural dog remedies for eczema include:

  • Neem Oil
  • Calendula
  • Marigold
  • Graphite
  • Dandelion 
  • Oatmeal

Soothe the Dog's Hotspots

Eczema causes a lot of itching on the skin which in turn leads to redness, inflammation and in some cases, even lesions. These areas of red and damaged skin are called hotspots and they make your pet continuously scratch and lick the affected areas of the skin. This makes the eczema spread to other areas of the body and the pet’s condition worsens over a period of time.

The calendula tea rinse is one of the most effective natural remedies to soothe the hotspots. A handful of calendula flowers should be added to hot water and this solution should be allowed to cool. Once cool, apply it to the damaged areas of the skin two or three times a day.

Extradite the Toxins from the Dog

 A bout of eczema is sure to create a lot of toxins in the body of your pet. These toxins need to be removed in order to help the allergy subside. The removal of toxins also ensures that it doesn’t occur anytime in the near future. Dandelion and cleavers are two effective herbs that can be added to your dog’s diet. These herbs facilitate the removal of these toxins in the form of urine and sweat.

Reduce the Dog's Swelling

Sometimes the dog’s skin shows no redness or lesions but there is mild swelling along with itchiness. In such cases, it’s not easy to identify the problem areas. Marigold and graphite are known to reduce swelling and soothe the itchiness of the skin. In addition, a little oatmeal can be cooked into a paste and applied to the affected areas of the skin.

Boost the Immune System

When your pet has been through a condition such as eczema, his immune system would have been affected badly. Hence the immune system needs to be boosted quickly in order to make sure that no more infections are caused. Garlic can be included in the dog’s diet as an effective medication to boost the immune system. It also has antioxidant properties and supports vital organs such as the liver and the kidneys.

Get Rid of Microbes

Eczema and almost all forms of allergy are caused by microbes such as bacteria or fungi. These microbes cause a lot of infections and need to be removed for the allergy to subside. Of all the natural remedies for eczema, neem is the most powerful and has an immediate and almost miraculous effect. Neem is a very powerful herb that helps to get rid of not only microbes but also fleas and mites. Neem oil comes in the form of sprays and shampoos. It also promotes healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Since both over the counter drugs and prescription medications cause a lot of side effects, it’s important to look for natural ways to treat various health problems in dogs. While these natural remedies are safe for long term use, they cannot be relied upon to treat severe health conditions that warrant the use of allopathic drugs.