Popular Home Remedies for Skin Disorders in Dogs

Many dogs suffer from skin disorders of some sort. Though it is always a good idea to see your veterinarian if you dog is suffering, there are many home remedies available to try when it comes to skin problems.

Itchy Skin Remedies for Dogs

When it comes to itchy skin, a cool bath is one of the best ways to help relieve your dog of his discomfort. There are several things that you can add to the bath water to further aid your pet.

  • Baking soda
  • Oatmeal
  • Epsom salts (Though it is important that you do not let your dog drink this water)

Aside from bathing, there are home remedies that can be added to your dog's diet, such as emu oil or fish oil (Omega 3 fatty acids). There are also mixtures that you can apply to your dog's itchy skin, such as apple cider vinegar mixed with water.

Another popular home remedy for itchy skin is to cut your dog's fur, especially in warm weather. This can help to prevent the parasites that can cause skin problems from finding a home on your dog. However, only have them trimmed rather than shaved. Clipper blades too close to a dog's skin can be irritating for your dog, especially if their skin is already aggravated by something.

Dry Skin Dog Remedies

The most popular home method for taking care of dry skin on your dog is to give him a bath. Do not just shampoo your dog's coat, but use a deep conditioner as well to really help soften his skin. Of course, you want to avoid over-bathing your dog, as this can also irritate dry skin, so you can use towels to clean your dog down every now and again.

Other options to try at home for dry skin include:

  • Petting - This stimulates the natural oils in your dog's skin.
  • Diet - There are many dog foods available that help promote a healthier coat and healthy skin.
  • Humidifier - This adds moisture to the room, which will help your dog's dry skin.

Remedies for Dog Rashes

When it comes to rashes, there are several options that you can try in order to offer your dog some comfort and relief.

  • Bathing your dog with oatmeal-based conditioners and shampoos
  • Green tea rinses
  • Chamomile tea rinses
  • Canine hydrocortisone creams

Relieving Other Discomforts

For ear mites, it is suggested that you take a mineral oil soaked cotton ball and lightly swab at the ear canal. This will provide temporary relief from the mites and the irritation that they cause, but are not a long term solution.

For hot spots, you can shave the area around the spot on your dog. You can then take a mixture of two aspirin tablets, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and a cool cup of a tea and apply it to the area with a cotton ball as often as needed. You can also use a over the counter cortisone cream or spray to help.