Humans and their dogs have a lot in common, including the ability to develop environmental allergies. Like you, your pup can react to pollens, dander, and a host of other allergens with itchy eyes, nose, ears, and skin. Dogs can be doggone miserable when their allergies flare, and their misery can quickly become your misery.
Because dog lovers everywhere hate to see them suffering from allergy symptoms, a variety of treatment options are available: veterinary treatments, homeopathic-type approaches, and specialized dog food. These can be expensive, and many of the products, including medication, are questionable. Many people worry about safety, side-effects, and effectiveness.
If you are among those who are skeptical of what you’d put into your dog as well as financially conscious, take heart. There’s another dog allergy treatment route: home remedies, or DIY canine care.
Benefits of Using Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
It’s important to know that home treatment for dog allergies isn’t armchair veterinary practice, nor are you ditching your dog’s doc. There are many conditions, as well as health check-ups, that require professional care.
Environmental allergies in dogs are reactions to irritants. Treating them is often about soothing symptoms and making your dog less itchy and more comfortable. Home treatment lends itself well to this purpose.
Treating your dog at home offers numerous benefits. Just a few of them:
- You help your dog, deepening your bond
- By tending to the symptoms and irritations, you prevent them from worsening and risking infections from all that scratching
- You know what you’re putting on, or into, your dog
- No worries about side effects
- Use ordinary household items rather than exotic products that are costly and hard to find
- Your pooch will likely cooperate because your treatments feel good
If you’re interested in helping your dog through her allergy season, read on. We’ve compiled a list of ten simple and effective home allergy remedies for dogs. See if you’ve got what it takes to provide DIY dog care. We’re pretty sure you do.
10 Home Remedies for Your Dog’s Allergies
Each of these dog allergy care approaches is tried and true. They’ve been used by generations of dog owners on generations of dogs. They work. They’re not quick-fixes because quick-fixes don’t work. Use these for a period of time and watch your dog’s allergy symptoms decrease. The exact length of treatment time varies according to the type of dog, the severity of allergies, and the method itself.
All ten methods use common household items. It’s likely that you already have what you need for many of these. If you don’t have an ingredient on hand, all you’ll need is a trip to a nearby, ordinary grocery store and you’ll be ready to treat your dog’s allergies.
These DIY dog allergy care techniques will soothe itchy, inflamed skin caused by allergens and irritants.
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A Rub Down
This is perhaps the simplest of them all. It’s not so much of a treatment as it is a preventative measure. Every time your pup has been outside, whether it’s walking with you, frolicking with kids or other dogs, or just lounging in the grass, wipe him off.
Use a damp towel or grooming wipes to rub his fur from head to toe. Don’t forget his paws and in between his toes.
This action will remove pollens and other allergens from his fur so he’s not itchy all day. It will also prevent these irritants from depositing themselves everywhere your dog goes and stirring up his symptoms anew as he moves about the house.
Baking soda is soothing to itchy, inflamed skin. Apply it to any visible redness. Also, watch your dog when she scratches. If she frequently fusses over an area, target that spot whether or not it seems inflamed or red.
You can make a baking soda paste by spooning some baking soda into a bowl and adding a small amount of water until it’s the consistency you want. Alternately, you can make a spray by dissolving a tablespoon of baking soda in eight ounces of water.
Whether paste or spray (experiment to find your, and your dog’s, preference), apply the baking soda mixture directly to her skin as needed.
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A Cabbage Leaf
Ordinary supermarket cabbage can relieve your dog’s allergies. It’s an easy treatment to do, too, that involves just a leaf. And also something to pound it.
Use any kitchen item to thump a cabbage leaf just enough to break the surface and release the juice. Then, apply the liquid to your dog’s allergy-irritated skin, rubbing it in gently.
Similar to the cabbage leaf juice is aloe. This is the only item on our list that might not be accessible to everyone. Not every community has places to buy aloe leaves or even an aloe plant. If you do have access to fresh aloe, however, it can be very soothing to your dog’s pollen-sensitive skin.
Like the cabbage, you merely extract the juice and apply it to the skin as a salve. The hollow nature of the aloe leaf means you don’t have to pummel it but instead just slice it and squeeze out the juice.
In some places, you can buy aloe plants and use the leaves from your own thriving plant as needed. It may be possible for you to purchase individual leaves from specialty grocers. Unfortunately, the pre-packaged jars and bottles of aloe won’t help your dog with her symptoms as the processed aloe lacks key enzymes.
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Coconut oil works wonders to relieve a dog’s allergies. Buy it at almost any grocery store or superstore. Select unrefined rather than refined (refined is usually labeled RBD) because It works much better and doesn’t risk more irritation.
You can feed coconut oil to your dog. A general guideline is one teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10 pounds your dog weighs. You can let him lap it up from a bowl or off a spoon, or if he isn’t into doing that, you can mix it into a small amount of his food. Coconut oil is solid at colder temperatures, so you may have to heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it.
Another way to use coconut oil is as shampoo. Give your dog a bath and lube him up with coconut oil. It will be thoroughly soothing, plus his skin won’t be further irritated because coconut oil isn’t infused with perfumes and scents.
Apple Cider Vinegar
As long as you don’t use it on flea or other insect bites or open wounds, apple cider vinegar is an excellent home remedy for dog allergies.
Spray this treatment onto rashes and itchy patches. It’s also great for spraying onto paws and between toes to remove sticky pollens and other allergens.
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Just as oatmeal baths relieve the itching and irritation of chicken pox in humans, these soaks are soothing for dogs, too. When your dog’s allergies flare, treat him to a bath with oatmeal.
You can buy colloidal oatmeal shampoo and conditioners, or you can use baby oatmeal cereal found in your grocer’s baby food aisle. Add some to the water and massage him with it from head to toe. He’ll feel better.
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Aspirin mixed with rubbing alcohol and applied to the skin helps decrease inflammation and relieves itching. Crush two tablets, and then blend it with a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
Take care to avoid open wounds or scratches. Also, this isn’t a solution to be given orally.
Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt
Used sparingly, plain yogurt is great for dogs. It helps keep their digestive system balanced. It also decreases itching from allergies, yeast infections, and more.
Just feed a small amount of yogurt to your dog every day. Usually, a teaspoon is enough. If you have a teeny dog or a gigantic one, though, you might need to adjust the amount slightly. Most dogs love to lick yogurt from a spoon.
This dog allergy remedy doesn’t soothe symptoms instantly, but it prevents them and decreases their intensity from the inside of your dog out.
Tea has numerous health benefits for both people and dogs. Many people, when trying to relieve their dog’s allergy symptoms, don’t run for a tea bag. Maybe that’s about to change.
Green tea and chamomile tea are both excellent teas for dog allergy relief. Other herbal teas work, too. Tea decreases inflammation and reduces itching.
You can have tea time with your pup. Brew a batch and see if she’ll join you for a tea ceremony. Dogs can safely drink tea, cold or warm (not hot). However, many dogs don’t like it. If yours isn’t a fan, you can still use tea to help her.
Make a strong brew and let it cool. Then, apply it directly to her skin with a gentle spray bottle or dab it on with a washcloth.
Whether you use green tea or herbals, your dog will appreciate feeling less irritated and itchy.
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Treatment of Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
Treat your dog with one or more of these home remedies for dog allergies, and he’ll be less miserable and far happier during his allergy season. DIY dog care can be done effortlessly with common, inexpensive household items that work as well as, or better, than other treatments.