Hot spots, rashes, bug bites and dry skin are all common skin problems that plague many dogs. Treat them successfully with natural and safe home remedies. While medicines like allergy shots and steroids are often used to treat skin conditions, they can have negative side effects on your dog’s health. Avoid this and heal your dog’s skin by treating him with these home remedies.
Skin problems are sometimes due to food intolerance or food allergies. When a dog is allergic or intolerant to a certain type of food he may be unable to digest his food correctly. Digestion problems like this can cause vitamin deficiency and malnutrition that can lead to unhealthy skin. Allergic reactions to food can also cause rashes and other skin reactions. Allergies to meat proteins, dairy proteins, eggs, gluten and lactose are some of the most common food allergies. If your dog has food intolerances or allergies, feed him food labeled “hypoallergenic” or food specifically designed for dogs with sensitive skin.
A cotton ball soaked in milk of magnesium, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera or witch hazel can be used to treat rashes from bug bites, poison oak and poison ivy. Another natural remedy involves mixing equal parts baking soda and equal parts water and applying this mixture to the affected area. You can also combine 4 tbsp. of sage and 2 cups of water with ¼ tsp. of Epsom salt and bring it to a boil. Strain the mixture and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the affected area a few times a day.
Epsom salt baths and oatmeal baths work wonders for healing many types of skin problems such as dry skin and allergic reactions. Add 1 cup of oats in a blender and blend to create a fine powder. Add the powder to a warm bath. Bathe your dog in the oatmeal for at least 10 minutes and then rinse him off. To make an Epsom salt bath, add 2 cups of Epsom salt and ½ cup of baby oil to a bath of warm water. Bathe your dog for 10 minutes and then rinse him off.
Supplements like brewer’s yeast, garlic and Omega-3 fatty acids help your dog get the nutrients and vitamins he needs to keep his skin healthy. Mix in ½ tsp. of brewer’s yeast and one crushed clove of garlic into your dog’s food daily for extra zinc, biotin and protein. Omega-3 fatty acids help your dog’s skin stay moisturized and prevents dryness. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in linseed oil, flax seed oil, safflower oil, powdered kelp and powdered seaweed. Mix in 1 tsp. of one of these oils along with a teaspoon 1 tsp. of kelp or seaweed into your dog’s food daily.
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