Treating Itchy Dogs' Paws

Itchy dogs paws may be caused by a number of medical problems such as allergies or parasites. The problem may be solved by detecting the underlying problem, but there may also be a few temporary itchy paws relievers that may be used.

Cortisone Spray

Most often, vets will recommend a cortisone spray to reduce itchy paws in dogs. The cortisone will reduce the itchiness and swelling. The spray should be applied several times per day.

Instead of the cortisone spray, the dog can get cortisone creams, powders or ointments.

Aspirin and Rubbing Alcohol

A common cause for itchy paws in dogs is dermatitis. The dog’s discomfort may be relieved with a solution containing 1tbsp of rubbing alcohol and 2 uncoated aspirin tablets dissolved in 1 glass of water. A tea bag (mint or chamomile) may be added to the solution. The solution can be applied on the dog’s paws twice per day for as many days as the dermatitis lasts.

Cool Bath

If the dog’s paws are itchy due to inhalant, food or contact allergies, you should give him a cool bath, which will be a temporary discomfort reliever.

Add some oatmeal to the bath water and this will also maintain your dog’s skin healthy and reduce lesions.

You may opt to moist only the dog’s paws into the bath water as many times per day as needed.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts are recommended if your dog has itchy feet. These salts can be added to the bath water or in a recipient with cold water. Place the pet in the water and make sure he stays in there for at least 10 minutes.

Supervise your dog while he is bathing and make sure he won’t drink the bath water, as it may be damaging.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil may be used on itchy paws. Use a cotton swab and a few drops of mineral oil. Cover the paws with the oil and keep the dog in one position until the oil is absorbed in the skin.

Yeast and Garlic

If the dog’s feet are itchy due to fleas, you can use some at home remedies to remove the itchiness. Get some garlic powder and rub it on the dog’s feet. Make sure the dog won’t lick the areas with garlic powder, as garlic can be toxic for dogs and may cause the Heinz anemia.

Alternatively, you may use yeast mixed in water, applying the solution on the paws. Yeast may also be toxic in dogs, so supervise your dog to make sure he doesn’t bite or lick his paws.

Long Term Treatments

Regardless of the cause of the itchy skin, vets may recommend a few general guidelines to remove itchiness. These treatment options include:

  • A change in diet or hypoallergenic food
  • Essential fatty acid supplementation
  • Immune system booster shots

The dog will have to get suitable treatment that will eliminate the underlying condition causing itchy paws.