How to Cure a Dog's Dry Itchy Skin With House Products
Dry, itchy skin is commonly caused by allergens your dog has inhaled or been exposed to while outdoors or in your environment and can lead to excessive scratching, licking or biting. Other causes of itching include fleas, dry skin or food allergies. Before you take your canine to the veterinarian, you can attempt to treat your dog's condition using home remedies that are inexpensive and provide quick relief. If symptoms persist or worsen after four days of at-home treatment, contact the veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.
Give your dog a bath. Fill your tub or sink with cool water, followed by slowly dipping your dog into the water. It is important to gradually ease him in as the sudden temperature change can cause your dog to become anxious and fidgety. Allow him to soak in the tub for a maximum of 10 minutes, and use a sponge to run the cool water over his body. Limit the number of bathes, as overwashing can dry out the skin and worsen his symptoms.
Lather your dog with oatmeal shampoo. Oatmeal shampoo has soothing properties for itchy, inflamed skin for humans and works just as well for pets. Wet your dog's coat and massage oatmeal shampoo into her coat until a rich lather is produced. Thoroughly rinse out the shampoo, followed by blotting your dog's coat dry with a towel. Do not rub, as this can irritate the skin and defeats the purpose of the bath.
Soak your dog's paws in Epsom salt. An Epsom salt soak can soothe itchiness associated with dry skin, according to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats." Fill a tub or sink with 2 to 3 inches of cool water, followed by adding 2 cups of Epsom salt and mixing it into the water until dissolved. Gently lower your dog into the tub and allow his paws to soak for five to 10 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily to provide temporary relief.
Moisturize your dog's skin. Use a spray-on oil moisturizer on your dog's coat to keep her skin moisturized and reduce biting, scratching and licking. Spray a thin layer of oil onto your dog, followed by gently rubbing it into the coat. Spray one pump of moisturizer into your palms, and rub the oil onto your dog's head. Do not spray the oil onto your dog's head directly, as you risk getting it into her eyes or ears. Re-apply the oil moisturizer after bathing or once a week to reduce itchiness.