Just like humans, dogs can develop itchy, uncomfortable skin for a number of reasons: some of which may require a trip to the vet, while others can be treated with simple home remedies.
When Should You Call the Vet?
Mild itching every now and then usually isn’t a sign of serious health conditions, but if your dog starts to develop other symptoms, frequent or persistent itching or licking, difficulty getting comfortable or restlessness from itching, loss of appetite, or depressed mood talk to your vet ASAP. It’s important to treat the underlying cause of its severe, chronic itchiness to avoid developing more open wounds and infections in the skin. Depending on the cause, your vet will treat as appropriate.
If your dog’s itchiness is occasional or mild, however, there are plenty of totally safe, all-natural ways to treat occasional or mild itching at home. In fact, you probably already have most of the remedies in your pantry! Read on for seven simple remedies that can give your itchy pooch some real relief.
Consult your vet before starting any skincare regimen for your dog, and stop the treatment if your dog’s symptoms remain the same or worsen.