How To Stop Your Dog Scratching

Top 6 Tips for Itch in Dogs Before the Vet is Called…

1. Address Their Diet…Most Important

These days everyone wants the quick fix – what can I put IN to stop this from happening? – but that’s just treating the symptoms, not the cause of the issue. With recurring itch what you take OUT is often more important.

At it’s simplest, an itch is a pesky side effect of an activated immune system. Like a smoke alarm going off, a recurring itch, certainly one outside of pollen season, should be viewed as a symptom of something going on under the hood. Vets today love symptoms as they can identify and often treat them, in this case with incredible drugs (steroids, NSAID’s) which essentially tell the immune system to quieten down.

Short term this mightn’t be a bad idea, giving your dog some much-needed relief. Long-term, however, artificially shutting down the immune system for anything but a transplant patient is not advised. That’s their force field you’re switching off. Like turning off that smoke alarm without investigating as to why it was going off, if you do not address what is antagonizing the immune system, the itch will never go away. In fact, it’s destined to get worse.

General itchiness, including nibbling at the toes, scratching with the paw, tearing the skin away at some points, redraw belly (sometimes with pustules), weeping eyes, even sore ears, are all top symptoms of food allergies in dogs.

As the article will explain, dry and canned dog food (and all its constituents including wheat, cooked meat, and nasty food chemicals) is very often the cause of your dog’s itch and removing dry food in favor of the simple, fresh, hypoallergenic, raw dog food diet described in the article, will help if not cure 7 out of 10 itchy dog cases (not all itch is related to food, needless to say). Studies show raw dog food vastly improves atopy in previously dry-fed dogs. I urge you to take heed of the advice before one more drop of Apoquel goes in.

2. Check for Parasites (Fleas etc) and Treat Naturally but ONLY IF CRITTERS AR

Most people reading this with itchy dogs are probably past this point but, just to reiterate, fleas, mites, sand flies etc can be really itchy. We do not recommend nasty chemical preventatives for fleas, ticks or worms, for all the reasons in these articles (unless you walk in an area very prone to ticks), largely as dogs rarely get these parasites.

Like head lice in kids, you should treat only when found. Blindly using unnecessary chemical parasite control can actually make their itch worse by exasperating an already beleaguered immune system. If you do detect an issue then their lots of ways you can treat them naturally with things around the home. 

Failing all that good dust in DeNeem will sort all surface critters (fleas, mites, ticks) out. It is an entirely natural product made up of the crushed remains of marine organisms, almost like talc. It works mechanically, puncturing the bug and then dehydrating it. It contains no chemicals, so it is safe for you and your pet. But again it is unnecessary here in a pet free of parasites.

3. Add Natural Anti-Inflammatory Additions To Their Food

Many owners of itchy dogs realize processed food was the problem and jump to raw dog food. Sadly, it seems some itch issues get so bad that even on the ideal diet some dogs might need a little boost, not to mention the fact there are many other causes of itch in dogs, including environmental issues such as pollen or household chemicals. 

An excellent anti-inflammatory addition for dogs is cod liver oil (much better than fish oil) as it is great for cooling itchy skin. Studies show fish oil is effective at reducing the steroid need of dogs suffering atopy. This should always be given to dogs suffering atopy and itch in general. Dose according to body size.

You could also try making your own Golden Turmeric Paste for dogs too. A wonderfully effective and easy-to-make treatment this with a lot of solid science behind the active ingredient curcumin. Simply add it to the food.

Another great addition is Calendula which is possibly the strongest natural anti-inflammatory out there for skin (applied topically), available in your local health store.

4. Make This Home Made Spray for Itchy Dogs

Find out how to make a fantastic anti-itch spray made from apple cider vinegar and green tea. It’s easy to make, keeps in the fridge and is pretty effective for many dogs. In fact, apple cider vinegar can be added to their food in small amounts. Many testify to it’s uses for recurring itch, something to do with the life in their guts, which you will learn about later.

5. Seasonal Allergies can be Helped with a Simple Wipe of the Face or Better Still a Bath in Something Soothing…

While the majority of itchiness in dogs is a result of food sensitivity, seasonal allergy can be a problem. Bathing the dog after every walk is preferable but can be very time to consume and not always possible. Thankfully, many dog owners have reported success in reducing problems from contact allergens, by wiping nosey faces down after a walk with a wet towel (maybe put some of the anti-itch sprays on it) and bathing the feet (add anti-itch spray to this). Or simply add some green tea and chamomile tea bags to the water.

You can even turn the brilliant homemade anti-itch spray above into a shampoo by mixing it with some pure, organic Castille liquid soap (mix in the ratio 1 for 1, available in all healthy stores) and give them a nice, cooling bath. I’d add chamomile and lavender to it at this point (also from the local health store) as they’re so effective at the soothing itchy skin.

Or you could try an oatmeal bath. The science is strongly behind their anti-itchy qualities. Use in a bath or simply make a thick stodgy poultice and place it on the affected area for as long as they don’t lick it off.

If bathing them, a product you might consider is the popular natural product is SOA ITCH Be Gone soap bar. This was originally used in horse circles but it is now also used in dogs. Its effectiveness comes from its high sulfur content which is magic for troubled skin. In our experience, this has a perhaps 50% hit rate which is worth a go though I’d try the homemade bath idea above first. The reviews on Amazon reflect this hit rate through most of these pet owners do not understand the implications of feeding their pet the wrong food every day.

6. Human Anti-Histamine

If your dog is suffering some form of seasonal pollen allergy (most prevalent between May-September) then human anti-histamines could take the edge off. Zyrtec or Piriton for humans works great in dogs and is much cheaper. Remember to dose according to body size. Give it a go. If it doesn’t have a noticeable effect within days, drop it.

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