What Kind of Lotion or Cream Can I Use on My Dog to Prevent Itching?
Itchiness can occur on your dog for various reasons, such as disease, infection, allergies, stings from bees or wasps, mites, fleas or lice. Of course, the best option is to take your dog to the vet and get the most suitable treatment prescribed, but in the meantime, there are various creams and lotions readily available online, at Walmart and in drug stores that will not be damaging to your dog, and will ease the itching and help to prevent it.
Benadryl Skin Allergy Relief Creme
Benadryl Skin Allergy Relief Creme relieves skin from itching and irritation, as it contains an antihistamine. It also contains zinc oxide to soothe and protect skin. Do not apply the cream to raw or broken skin, and keep it out of contact of your dog's eyes. If a rash develops or if it does not relieve the itching, stop using the cream and if necessary, remove it by washing the skin with soap and water.
Cortaid Top Lotion
Cortaid Top Lotion is a mild corticosteroid. To apply, wash and dry your hands and clean and dry the affected area. Shake the lotion well, apply a small amount to the affected area and gently rub it in. Do this four times a day. Wash your hands afterward, and avoid getting it into contact with your dog's eyes.
Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream
Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream provides fast relief from itching associated with many skin irritations. It contains a strong formula as well as skin-soothing natural colloidal oatmeal, aloe and vitamin E. This cream leaves a protective barrier that prevents water loss in order to maintain moisture all day. Apply Aveeno as you would any other lotion or cream.
Doctors Foster and Smith Itch Stop Shampoo
Doctors Foster and Smith Itch Stop Shampoo is specifically for your dog; it is a pH-alanced formula that rinses out easily. Shake it well before using it, and wet your dog with warm water, then apply enough of the shampoo to form a lather. Work the shampoo into the coat and leave it on for between 5 and 10 minutes. Rinse your dog thoroughly with warm water and repeat if you need to. Use the shampoo once a week until the symptoms have gone. Again, keep it out of contact of your dog's eyes.