Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from allergies. Allergies happen when the immune system reacts to something that is normally safe in an exaggerated way. The immune system’s job is to protect the body from infection and disease. But, when it comes to allergies, the immune system’s reaction can become harmful.
Allergic reactions can have several different causes which is why you should consult your vet for help when you’re looking to identify the cause of your dog’s allergic reaction. Still, if you’re looking to provide your dog with immediate allergy relief, here are a few dog allergy home remedies you can try.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is perfect for treating burns, itches, and hot spots. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides, it has a cooling effect which makes it perfect to immediately reduce any discomfort caused by inflammation. These benefits are due to enzymes that help heal any itchiness and decrease inflammation. However, these enzymes are only present in the fresh plant’s gel rather than what is found in the bottled products.
You can buy fresh aloe vera leaves at a grocery store and store them in the fridge for up to three days. Besides using aloe vera to treat your dog’s skin, you can also use it for your sunburns, and to moisturize your hair and skin.
To use the aloe vera plant you’ll need to slice the leaf open and scoop out the gel. Don’t use the yellow part around the rind. This part contains saponins which is a laxative that can be harmful to dogs. When buying Aloe Vera, ensure it’s food-grade as this should ensure that the yellow part was removed To treat your dog’s itchy skin all you need to do is apply the aloe vera gel directly to your dog’s skin. For better results, apply it twice per day.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is great for relieving dry and itchy skin. It has antiseptic and antifungal properties which make it a great treatment for dogs that came in contact with itchy plants like poison ivy. However, do not use apple cider vinegar if your dog has any exposed wounds or open cuts. This will only sting the wound and hurt your dog.
The best way to apply apple cider vinegar is by mixing it with water (50% of each) and filling a spray bottle with this solution. The spray bottle will make it easier for you to apply the solution to the affected areas and avoiding any exposed wounds your dog may have.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil makes a great treatment for dogs that suffer from eczema, skin allergies, yeast infections, and allergies due to insect bites and stings. Coconut oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties and contains lauric acid which decreases yeast production. Besides treating allergy symptoms, coconut oil can also help treat digestion problems and boost the immune system. It can also act as an excellent moisturizer for dogs as it can penetrate the fur and reach the dog’s skin.
You can buy coconut oil at the grocery store. Make sure you find the highest quality oil by looking for terms like “organic”, “unrefined” or “virgin” on the label. To use it on your dog’s skin, place the coconut oil in the fridge or somewhere cool and dry so it can turn completely solid. Then apply it to any patch of your dog’s coat and skin that needs relief.
Oatmeal is one of the oldest ingredients used in home remedies for dry and itchy skin and it’s also effective on dogs. If your dog needs to use a hypoallergenic shampoo, it’s likely that it includes oatmeal as an active ingredient to prevent skin irritation. However, if your dog is suffering from a yeast infection, do not use this home remedy as oats are a source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates boost yeast production.
You can buy oatmeal at a grocery store and there are two ways you can use it. You can either grind the oatmeal into a powder and sprinkle it on your dog’s bath water or, if you want to avoid a full-on bath, you can create your own oatmeal paste. When using oatmeal during your dog’s bath, leave your dog soaking in the water with the oatmeal powder for 10 to 15 minutes. This is enough to calm down red and inflamed skin.
To make your own oatmeal paste you need to add water to the ground oatmeal until you have a paste with a spreadable consistency. Apply this paste to the skin that needs to be treated. If you have a longhaired dog, ensure the oatmeal paste is in contact with the skin.
Food allergies are a common cause of skin problems in dogs, causing yeast infections and skin irritations. Feeding your dog plain and unsweetened yogurt is a great way to regain balance in your dog’s digestive system and treat food allergies. Besides, most dogs like the taste of yogurt so it can also act as a tasty treat.
When buying yogurt for your dog, avoid buying anything with xylitol or other sweeteners. Eating yogurt is safe for most dogs as long as they’re not lactose intolerant. If you’re not sure whether or not your dog is lactose intolerant, start slow. Feed your dog a small amount of yogurt per day. If your dog shows signs of diarrhea, stop feeding the yogurt and look for another home remedy to treat your dog’s allergy.
Making sense of it all
Sometimes the simple fact of avoiding whatever is causing the allergic reaction is enough treatment. But this may not always be possible. Use these dog allergy home remedies to give your dog some relief and treat your dog’s allergic reaction.
Although these home remedies are safe for most dogs, you should always talk with your vet. Having a proper diagnosis is key to find the most effective treatment. If, at any point, you see your dog’s symptoms are getting worse, the best you can do is take it to the vet as soon as possible.