7 Common Dog Skin Problems (And How To Cure Them)

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Dog itchingThe extreme conditions of summer and winter tend to be brutal when it comes to our pups and their skin health.

As if allergies weren’t enough, the drastic climate conditions (dry spells, humidity, temperature extremes, rain) may be wreaking havoc on your dog’s coat.

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Common Dog Skin Problems

When a patient rolls into the vet office with a “skin problem,” it can be hard to diagnose. Why? Because there are so many different types of skin issues that occur for a variety of reasons.

Here are a couple of common skin problems in dogs and possibilities your vet might detect:

1. Dermatitis

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Environmental dermatitis addresses skin problems that occur as a result of your dog’s interaction with the environment. Problems may arise from a change in the environment your dog interacts with – the grass, plants, dirt, bugs, etc. they come in contact with. Then there’s the issue of water, which can lead to a more serious skin problem often referred to as a hot spot.

If your dog is licking their leg or another body part furiously (like their butt), and even chewing at the hair, they may leave a patch of skin exposed.

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If they continue to mess with this area, it could leave them vulnerable to moist dermatitis (a lesion on the exposed skin area from moisture – i.e., rain, water, or from constantly licking the wound that can get infected when exposed to bacteria).

If you start to see such an area on your dog, please see your vet immediately and consider using a Benzoyl Peroxide Shampoo.

Nutritional dermatitis skin problems stem from a lack of proper nutrition. The sad thing is, there’s plenty of pet foods out there that advertise themselves as containing everything your pet needs, when in fact they are very lacking in the basics. Your dog is not meant to be a vegetarian. It’s therefore important that their food contains meat as a top, if not the first, ingredient. Vitamins and supplements containing Omega fatty acids that are approved for dog consumption can also help.

2. Fleas, Mites And Other Critters

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There are a number of critters, not just fleas, but a whole variety of mite species, that can give your dog skin and health problems. Your best bet, if your dog’s skin problem does not go away, is to see your vet and let them diagnose. Several medicines can be purchased to proactively keep these pests away, especially during warmer months when fleas and ticks flourish. Frontline, Advantix and BioSpot are among the more popular brands to protect your pet. You will also need to rid your house. Learn more about how to get rid of fleas.

Reactions that occur as a result of an allergic reaction to the bite of the insect or to the insect itself require specific treatment that involves the elimination of the offending insect and treatment of the bite area with medication prescribed by your veterinarian (usually oral antihistamines or anti-itch cream.)

3. Skin Allergies

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Skin allergies are one of the most common reasons that pet owners take their dog to the vet. Unfortunately, an increasing number of dogs are being poorly bred, making them more prone to health conditions including allergies.

Skin allergy symptoms are frustrating for both dogs and pet owners because there seems to be no reason for the symptoms that are being displayed. Fortunately, with a trained eye and a little detective work, it is possible to find the culprit for skin allergies in most dogs.

While a vet may be needed to diagnose the issue so you can keep it from happening again, you can also treat minor skin itches with Hydrocortisone products.

An allergy is a reaction by the body to stimulant exposure. This stimulant can be something that is inhaled, something that is eaten or something that the dog is otherwise exposed to (for example, a reaction to a bite of an insect). It is important to note that a skin reaction does not necessarily result from skin contact with an allergen; it can just as easily result from the consumption of an allergen.

As the dog’s immune system recognizes the allergen as a “foreign body” it launches its defenses to attack the allergen and repel it from the body. In human beings, this type of allergic reaction is most often seen with sniffling, sneezing, coughing and eye-watering. In dogs, the most common display of an allergic reaction is itching of the skin.

4. Canine Atopy

Inhaled allergens, also known as canine atopy refers to allergens that a dog is exposed to by breathing them in such as pollen, mold and dust. If your dog breathes in an allergen and shows symptoms of distress, you should contact your veterinarian who may suggest administration of an antihistamine like Benadryl. It is crucial, however, that you obtain information for the correct dosing of this human medication for your dog based on their weight and current health status.

5. Food & Drug Allergies

Food allergies are caused by the consumption of food containing a particular ingredient which causes the body to mount a defense against the offending ingredient. Food allergies can also include drug allergies. Food allergens are the cause of approximately ten percent of all allergy symptoms seen in dogs. The fact is that food allergies are seen with increasing frequency in dogs these days as increasing numbers of poorly bred dogs are seen.

Dog allergy test (caption: Best At-Home Dog Allergy Test Kits)Food allergies can usually be determined by a process of elimination in which certain food ingredients are removed from the diet one at a time to track the progress of symptoms.

Some of the most common food allergies in dogs include wheat, corn, soy, chicken and eggs. You could also try an at-home allergy test for dogs.

Important Note

There is a difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. Food allergies result in symptoms such as skin problems and itching. Food intolerance presents with other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea but does not include symptoms common to allergies.

Food allergies in dogs are like a human who goes into anaphylactic shock after eating something with peanuts in it. Food intolerance is like a human who gets an upset stomach any time they eat spicy food.

Food allergies can be treated by switching to an allergy-friendly variety of dog food. After a short period on the new diet, skin problems caused by the allergy will begin to clear up.

6. Contact Allergies

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Unlike some of the other allergens listed, contact allergies are allergies caused by direct contact of a substance with the skin (for example, chlorine in a swimming pool).

If your dog comes in to contact with an allergen that causes skin problems, it is important to bathe your dog in an allergy relief shampoo to rinse off the allergen and consult your vet for any concerns over skin damage.

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7. Hives

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Hives are another skin problem that your dog may face at some point in its lifetime. Hives are a specific type of allergic reaction that affects dogs as well as humans and other animals. Hives appear as round raised bumps that itch.

The fact that these bumps are raised causes the hair on the dog’s coat to stick out in spots and swelling is also common in other areas of the body such as the eyelids. Unlike some allergic reactions, hives are fast to appear and generally develop within half an hour of exposure to an allergen.

As with humans, hives in dogs can be caused by a number of factors including insect bites, topical applications and medications. For the most part, once the stimulant that caused the hives to appear has been removed, the hives will disappear within twenty-four hours. Since the causing factor of hives can generally be pinpointed due to the rapid appearance of the reaction, relief can usually be achieved quickly.

Depending upon what has caused the outbreak of hives, treatment for your dog may differ. For most instances, a veterinarian will recommend the application of an antihistamine to control the swelling and discomfort of the hives themselves. You may also wish to clean your dog’s coat with hypoallergenic shampoo, making sure to rinse completely. In cases where hives have been caused by the application of shampoo or another topical ointment to the skin, dog owners should also rinse the coat and skin to remove any excess allergen.

How To Take Care Of Your Dog’s Skin

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Here are some tips you can do to help cure and prevent skin issues:

  • Leave in conditioner after bathing your dog.
  • If you recently changed up your dog’s food, they may be having troubles with the new food. Try switching them back to one that they haven’t had reactions to in the past.
  • Try giving your dog fish oil capsules at mealtime (1000mg once a day for the average size dog. Slightly less for smaller dogs, slightly more for larger dogs).
  • If they’re having trouble sleeping at night because of prolonged itching, you can try and give them some Benadryl (one milligram per pound of body weight, not to exceed 50mg twice daily).
  • If itching (pruritus in the medical world) is the biggest problem, there’s a chance your dog has fleas. You can easily check for these by combing your hand against the hair. If they’re there – you will see them jumping all over the place. Remember to administer tick and flea medications (i.e., Biospot, Advantix, Frontline) regularly during warm months.

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CBD is known for relieving inflammation and pain, which are common complaints from skin concerns. With your vet’s permission, CBD can be administered to dogs through CBD oil or CBD treats.

CBD is also known to help many other conditions. Learn all about the many benefits of CBD oil for dogs.

Has your dog been itching, had fleas, allergies or other skin problems? Any tips, advice or stories that might be helpful for other readers like you.

About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and two cats. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents. Her expertise has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, Apartment Therapy, and other regional news organizations.

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February 18, 2020 11:15 pm

I need help I have a bulldog and I’m conserned he’s breaking out bad with dry skin and losing his fur

February 23, 2020 7:51 am
Reply to  Angel

My little beagle had extreme itching and spots of hair loss. The vet gave her meds that worked fairly well but when she completed them the rash came back. My dad who has terrible psoriasis suggested soaking our beagle in a liquid antacid and letting it dry which took about 45 minutes. Then bathing her with prescription shampoo and conditioner. She got immediate relief after the first treatment and after repeating weekly she is so much better. The magnesium in the liquid antacid worked like a charm for three bucks. When I notice her itching I just repeat the treatment. I never thought something so simple would work. I believe I paid $14.00 for a prescription shampoo and conditioner as well. Without soaking her fur in liquid antacid it did not seem to make a difference with just the shampoo. No more pills and steroids at this point!

Mirtha Gonzalez
May 5, 2020 3:23 am
Reply to  jcall

What’s a liquid antacid?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
February 19, 2020 10:48 am
Reply to  Angel

We suggest asking your vet or trying out this online vet service. Skin issues in dogs are one of the most common issues for vet visits and often result from an underlying issue.

Brenda Sawyers
January 24, 2020 2:33 am

My dog is one as of yesterday. How often should she be bathed.my husband is washing her once a week her skin in stomach is red she seems to be getting patchy hair. She is a little half jack Russell and half Maltese

Kimberly Alt
January 24, 2020 11:10 am
Reply to  Brenda Sawyers

This article may be helpful to you, How Often To Bathe A Dog. Make sure you’re using a dog shampoo that works for your dog. Many dogs do well with an oatmeal shampoo, but since your dog is experiencing some skin issues, we’d recommend calling your vet to double check first. Weekly could be too often for your dog to have a bath too. Ask your vet about how frequently you should bathe her.

Tyson Coolidge
November 14, 2019 10:53 am

I like what you said about leaving the conditioner in after bathing your dog to help them with skin issues. My brother has been telling me about how he wants to make sure that his new dog is as healthy as possible in the coming months. I’ll share this information with him so that he can look into his options for helping his dog.

February 7, 2020 5:24 pm
Reply to  Tyson Coolidge

Does it have to be a certain kind of conditioner?

Callum Palmer
October 31, 2019 6:42 pm

My dog might have one of these. I’m not sure which one it could be though. Going to a vet might be the best way to figure this out.

October 15, 2019 8:13 pm

My dog has patches of missing fur The vet said that it was dermatitis and gave him antibiotics it cleared up for a week and now it is back I would love to try some of the remedies I am in desperate need of help or any advice

Kimberly Alt
October 16, 2019 11:14 am
Reply to  Kat

Have you called your vet and told them that the dermatitis came back? They may have a suggestion for you. You could also obtain a second vet’s opinion or try out this online vet service for a quick answer.

just me
July 29, 2019 11:55 pm

my dog has bumps and its like skin thats round and has hair stuck to it, we bought hotspot spray and used it on him but didnt work, he is a pit lab mix anr theyre all over his body.

December 8, 2019 10:31 pm
Reply to  just me

I’ve been to the vet a lot of times to figure out this allergic reaction. I’ve had to visit a lot of different vets too because some don’t really listen when I tell them things. I finally have found a good solution. So what the vet told me (at Thrive Pet Care) is to get an allergy shot called cytopoint which has helped a lot but doesn’t solve the problem completely. I have a rescue pit but I’m sure he’s a mix of some sort. I switched him to a limited ingredient food that is grain free and poultry free and also use a chlorehexidine mousse shampoo. I give him fish oil at meal time too. All of this has really helped. But the mousse shampoo has to be applied multiple times a week. HOPE THIS HELPS EVERYONE GIVE MY LOVE TO ALL THE PUPPIES!!!

Debra Horton
February 25, 2020 7:37 am
Reply to  Nicholas

Made sure the dog food doesn’t have chicken in it. To much protein will cause your fur baby to break out and itch until he bleeds. So bad to see them go through this. Try lamb dog food. For a week and hopefully that’s the problem, like it was for my baby girl.

November 29, 2019 5:06 am
Reply to  just me

You guys find out what was the matter with your dogs? Mine is a pit and has the same problem

December 6, 2019 3:39 pm
Reply to  Chris

I am having the same problem with my pit mix…the bumps and redness on his belly, the bumps are everywhere. I can not find an answer. I have tried Benadryl with no results. I am now bathing him with a hydrocortisone shampoo and putting a skin and coat oil in his food. I’m hoping this will help.

Debra Horton
February 25, 2020 7:33 am
Reply to  Amber

My pit was having the same problems for 4 years. Vet had her on all the itch meds nothing was helping. A gentleman seen her and told me that he bet she was allergic to to much protein. Chicken is first thing I changed with her dog food. Now she eats lamb and rice. Problems gone!!

Morris Payne
December 21, 2019 9:07 am
Reply to  Amber

Good Morning Amber, my American bully is going through the same thing I have taken him to the vet twice to no avail. He was perscribed a steroid and antibiotic which worked great for about two weeks and it was back. I have been up all night searving and searching and gotten nowhere just wondering if the shampoo and what not worked for you, thanks in advance.

Danette Mallard
March 27, 2020 12:28 am
Reply to  Morris Payne

There’s an allergy shot called cytopoint that works better than the steroid shots. Ask about it.

Melinda Morris
September 7, 2019 12:01 am
Reply to  just me

My dog too he’s a pit mix and his belly is the worst red and irritated

Mary Wayne
July 31, 2019 1:19 pm
Reply to  just me

My dog has same. I’m going to take him to the vet.

July 25, 2019 3:55 pm

My dog started out asi thought was a hot spot but it has spreaded and now has puss coming out and I need help and I keep her inside

December 14, 2019 7:58 pm
Reply to  Reginald

Sounds like it might be a staph infection – vet care is a must then a good shampoo for killing bacteria on the skin Is a must – at least a couple a week or whenever he’s out running in the elements.

June 27, 2019 1:56 am

My dog has blackheads on his tail. What can I get to help get rid of them?

May 19, 2019 4:35 pm

Hello i have a 1yr old black lab appeox 83 lbs. Back in march he had a bad infection around lips and chin. Vet put him on 1000 mg of cephalexin every 12 hrs. Now irs may 18 and he is starting to have the same spots on his chin and lips. We have not change anything with his food. Could this be the grass ,weather in ohio?

Kimberly Alt
May 20, 2019 8:51 am
Reply to  Lisa

Hi Lisa, I’m not a vet so I can’t say for sure what your dog is experiencing. Have you spoken to your vet about the chance of it being allergies? Perhaps it is the seasonal change from winter to spring since it is starting to warm up more and more?

March 25, 2019 7:53 pm

I have a 11wk dóberman puppy. I noticed he has some hives on his chest that he scratches hard all the time. What could be causing this?

Momo’s mom
March 22, 2019 3:50 pm

I have a 7 yr old bichon jack rescue. This is the 2nd year I have had this experience…I have brought him to ft lauderdale Florida and he starts itching and chewing at his body (mostly his hind legs and anal area) until it’s bald and sores appear. I have noticed some small bumps as well. He is very pink skinned and white fur. I have had him groomed to as short as they can go and have been applying a little bit of bactine and then Burt’s bees all natural baby diaper rash cream that has no parabens etc. And 40% zinc. I have been carrying him in a carrier and taking him outside as little as possible and wonder if anyone has any suggestions.

Judy Johnsen
April 26, 2019 12:07 pm
Reply to  Momo’s mom

Ask your vet if your dog can take Benadryl

Margit Albrecht
March 4, 2019 9:56 pm

I have a Bichon Frise approx. 14 years old, she developed a rash on her back the area feels oily and she has little bumps. Could that come from the Palm when we go for walks?

February 17, 2019 8:27 am

I live in Tallahassee fl everything in bloom yr round. The vet stated because my dogs didnt grown up here they have allergies. Well my big dog going bald i have tried everything. Outside i deal with chiggers, fleas, no see um, mosquitos, poison ivy. And when it rains everything washes out of the trees over our heas. My dogs are miserable. Ive tried everything. HELP

Judy Johnsen
April 26, 2019 12:08 pm
Reply to  Janice

Have you tried Benadryl?

Victoria Phillips
February 1, 2019 8:06 pm

My Queensland pit mix has had bumps on his face and chest since we got him at 6 weeks he is extremely uncomfortable and it seems to be getting worse we have tried 6 different shampoos all kinds of home remedies nothing seems to be working and advice will be much appreciatted.

Pamela Gilmore
June 26, 2019 7:52 pm

What are the bumps all over my chihuahua puppies face and feet?

January 26, 2019 1:55 am

I have a 12 year old cocker spaniel that over the last 3-4 years has had skin issues. He has been tested and the bumps he gets are not yeast related. He has been on antibiotics and anti itch pills, but short of doing an allergy test I am at my whits end of what to do. I don’t believe its food related as he has been on vegetarian, kangaroo, crocodile – I can’t even think of any other foods he has been on and he still get the spots. I haven’t tried the raw food? His bumps just show up in random places then come to a top and just crustify. When you take the crust off, the hair comes with it, so now, on top of the bumps he also has missing patches of hair. It originally started in his groin area, but has now left that area and is on the inside of his ears and all over his back and neck. Its not contagious as I have other dogs and they don’t have any issues. The vet gave me some medicated shampoo for fungus to wash him weekly, but that doesn’t seem to be helping either…he actually seems to be getting worse. Any suggestions??

Danette Mallard
March 27, 2020 12:32 am
Reply to  Jennifer

Try cytopoint allergy shot

Lacys Mom
January 5, 2020 6:49 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

Has he been tested for hypothyroidism? I was looking up the same issues with my cocker and I read this could cause these symptoms then I found out she does have hypothyroidism and is now on medication and skin cleared up. Hope this helps.

Joe Lucas
September 11, 2019 7:14 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

Any further news with this, My pit mix has to have the same thing if not something super similar?

gayle clay
July 29, 2019 2:58 am
Reply to  Jennifer

Try rubbing some coconut oil into his skin espically the bumps wipe off lightly with a towel with the hair growth. Might try and adding a teaspoon or 2 to his food also. The unrefined coconut oil, it’s a little pricey but helps my dog alot. I shampoo with Dawn dish soap and rinse well. Dry thoroughly with towel. May help yours too.

May 29, 2019 9:26 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

Neem oil shampoo also organic coconut oil mix in food, viniger spray or rinse make sure when you wash your dog all shampoo and conditioner gets rinsed off completely, tea tree oil oatmeal shampoo, if they have a grain allergy then do not use oatmeal shampoo. Also no grain food. Also paw washes could be a environmental allergy.

March 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

This sounds like the problem I’m having with my 10 year old YorkiePoo, Rowdy. He has these scabby bumbs on his back, stomach and groin regions. He’s had them on and off (mostly on) for years. We have tried everything you and Eileen (below) have mentioned (vet shampoo, vet conditioner, Benedryl, Cytopoint shots, Convenia shots, Apoquel meds, Chlorpheniramine, etc.),to no avail.
I don’t think it’s food related because, like you, we’ve tried every protein we can think of. We’ve tried no grains, we’ve tried wet food, we’ve tried dry food, we’ve tried the very expensive food from the vet. No change. We tried the fish oil supplements and that only made him smell fishy…bleh.
As Eileen said, the testing for allergies is very expensive. I’m trying to hold off on that, if possible, but I don’t want the little guy to suffer.
I think I’m going to try a Brewer’s Yeast supplement next and see if that helps. We had a Yorkie before who had itchy skin and chewed on her paws, but didn’t have the scabby bumps. I started giving her Brewer’s Yeast everyday and after about 6 or 8 weeks she was much better. No more paw chewing and the red spots on her skin cleared up.
If anyone has any other ideas or successes, please, please share.

January 20, 2020 10:54 pm
Reply to  Michelle

How much did you give?

Vicci Springer
October 4, 2019 10:55 am
Reply to  Michelle

I’m going to try this brewer’s yeast supplement because it sounds exactly like my dog’s issue. She’s a difficult rescue hard to get to the vet hard to deal with in any manner but I want to help her find relief. She is a yellow lab I don’t know her age but when I had her fixed the vet said she had had puppies before. She’s about 80 lb give or take.

January 20, 2020 10:55 pm
Reply to  Vicci Springer

Did the brewers yeast work?

May 16, 2019 1:05 pm
Reply to  Michelle

My 2 yr old Bully pitbull, bulldog mix has had red eyes since birth we have been to the vet x 3 for all diff shots, meds, labs for hives, apoquel didnt work, benadryl doesnt work, zyrtec nothing, spent hundreds of dollars on washes and oatmeal baths etc,. my baby doesnt itch that much but bothers me that he has bumps, i love my baby dont want him to be uncomfortable. i am a nurse and have been giving him benadryl shots to see if that will help. i will try the brewers yeast. we have tried every food other there including raw. i need advise.

James Klinkhammer
October 26, 2019 9:52 am
Reply to  Tayla

Try derm defense dog food

January 31, 2019 3:18 am
Reply to  Jennifer

This sounds just like my Millie she is is coming up 15 and has been like this for years,she seems worse in the winter,I do brush her everyday to take the excess dry skin and crusty bits away she seems to be a little better in the summer ,it doesn’t look nice because as you say she has bald bits all over ,my vet said she could run tests but not necessarily find out what it is and it would cost hundreds of pounds which we don’t have.I wash her twice a week when it’s at it’s worse.I alternate the vets shampoo with a cold tar shampoo.

May 30, 2019 9:48 pm
Reply to  Eileen

Could be Cushings disease. It’s common in older dogs

Kimberly Alt
January 28, 2019 9:33 am
Reply to  Jennifer

Hi Jennifer, have you followed up with your vet about the shampoo? You could get a second opinion from this online vet service.

January 29, 2019 5:24 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

i have tried 2 different kinds, both types tho are anitfungal. the last 1 i got, he said was to prevent allergens from affecting his skin.

December 10, 2018 3:46 am

My Chelsea is a two year old schnowzer. Lately she has been liking her upper front of her paw. I noticed she had a hive and washed her an put some Neosporin in it and started looking good but now she has another one. I am unemployed at the moment but I want to take her to the vet. What should I do? I just don’t have funds for the vet.

Judy Johnsen
April 26, 2019 12:10 pm
Reply to  Connie

Some animal shelters have low cost vet services for people to take their pets to. Also, if you work at a shelter or vet office you may get sevices at a discount.

Kimberly Alt
December 10, 2018 10:36 am
Reply to  Connie

Hi Connie, we always recommend seeing a vet when you think something is wrong with your pet. If you cannot take your dog to a vet, perhaps this online vet service can help.

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December 7, 2018 8:47 pm

Dog itchiness is a big reason I see people needing help in the Facebook groups for natural dog health I’m a part of. Here are some possible culprits: Food. There are so many potential things in dry dog food that could be causing the itch, it would be hard to determine exactly what it is. Could be chicken, as a lot of dogs are allergic to chicken. Most people don’t know you need to rotate proteins every 2-3 months to prevent your cat/dog from becoming allergic to chicken, beef, or whatever the main protein source is. A raw, pre-made, or dehydrated diet is always best and allows for easy elimination of possible offenders. There are so many lawsuits and food recalls as well as pet deaths (Beneful, Blue Buffalo) associated with dry dog food, not to mention long-term health consequences from feeding a processed food of roadkill, non-human fit meat and animal parts, euthanized animals, china-sourced vitamins, etc., etc. feeding a better quality diet is the foundation of having a healthy pet. In addition to food, keeping toxic loads to a minimum will help keep the immune system from going haywire. MOST flea/tick meds have skin-related side effects and many have even been fatal, so going for natural treatments is the safer bet. Avoiding yard sprays, harsh cleaning products and laundry detergents and scented fabric softener, as well as environmental allergies are also possible culprits. Avoid the ones you can and avoid toxins like flea/tick meds, yearly vaccinations (titer instead to see if your pet even needs them, as most do not and they can be harmful with all the dangerous ingredients they contain). If you do research, you’ll find most dogs are immune for years and even life from the initial shots and harm can be done by overvaccination. There are studies confirming that. It’s all online. Work on getting the immune system up and if after joining holistic pet groups on Facebook can’t offer you any help, consider contacting a holistic vet. They actually work to cure the reason for the health issue, not treat the symptoms like conventional vets do while prescribing meds that are potentially doing more harm than good. Being an informed pet owner has never been more important as so many dogs are suffering from so many different health issues, including 1 out of 2 from cancer. Please research everything before giving it to your pet and make sure to pay attention to what those that don’t stand to make a penny from you have to say. They aren’t influenced by money.

December 1, 2018 11:05 am

Where are the links and recipes promised in the video?

Kimberly Alt
December 3, 2018 10:13 am
Reply to  Brenda

If you click through to the video on YouTube, you can find links in the description box.

November 18, 2018 12:30 am

Doetarra oils has a recipe 6 drops lavender 6 drops roman Camille 6 drops frankincense. In 1 cup pure coconut oil. I’m trying it in silver water so I can spray and disperse it with my fingers. He’s soo miserable you can see it in his eyes. So I’m going to try your stuff. I’ve tried some but thanks for reminding me of everything.

Oh and oh yeah ……Rylie is a 5 year old Shih Tzu terrier and I think a little poodle mix

November 11, 2018 7:14 am

My sugar is just past a year I make sure or attempt to keep her as safe as possible she’s good natured spoiled as could be she is an inside dog but now she have got sores on the mid side of her back by her tail and she sometimes bites the inside of her legs I take her every two weeks to wash and dipped and they tell me not one flea ever came off her I started her on diamond food I thought it was to high in protein and gave her to much energy and went to beneful with no grain can someone help she is about 103lb rotti

December 1, 2018 5:58 pm
Reply to  Layman

Yes. 1. You are probably bathing and dipping her too much. Chemicals are terrible for their skin! 2. Diamond food is in the middle of a lawsuit for claiming to be healthy when pesticides and a bunch of other bad stuff was found in their food (just like or food). My dog ate Diamonds’ taste of the wild mist his life, just came down with a terrible rash with open wounds across his body for Candida overgrowth. As soon as he got his first tick bite, his insides were rearing to infect every space they could on the outside too. Most vets solve this with antibiotics which in the long run, makes it worse. I’ve been using organic cold pressed virgin unrefined coconut oil in his inside and outside and I can’t believe the difference in a few days. We still have a long way to go though.

November 5, 2018 9:49 pm

Hi. I have a female pitbull who has gotten bumps that look like hives. Then it looks like they dry with a scab looking dry blood. Its on her back back legs tummy and her backside. She didn’t get these until she ate supper red beef basted on some dog biscuits I bought her. And seems to spreading. Can someone tell what this could be and remedy.

January 29, 2019 12:04 pm
Reply to  Maria

My pit is allergic to protein. My vet prescribed hydrolyzed protein food. So far it working
Good luck

January 26, 2019 2:55 am
Reply to  Maria

Me too, pit bull. wheat and other food allergies. I found Instinct salmon single ingredient kibble is best found at Pets Plus on golden lantern and crown valley parkway.

December 12, 2018 11:22 am
Reply to  Maria

My Weimaraner have this on them too! It doesn’t seem to itch,one of them does lick his, but the other doesn’t bother it. They eat Nutrish, & Marro Bones for treats. Sometimes I put chicken on their food.

November 5, 2018 2:17 pm

Hi my little small 12 pounds rat terrier has little bumps on her back does not itch doesn’t bother her what can I do

October 21, 2018 7:58 am

Hi have a 5 yr old staff she’s got at their I’ve noticed she’s got bumps all over her body,just don’t know what it is ,is not clear or mites or tides cause I’ve check can you help me

Kimberly Alt
October 23, 2018 8:03 am
Reply to  Tina

Hi Tina, have you spoken to your vet about the bumps?

February 24, 2019 9:28 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

I’ve got a six month old terrier she’s got like blister rash covering her whole body losen hair n looks painful and has scabs in sine areas like she has paper thin skin n she has an oder

October 3, 2018 1:00 pm

I have a pit bull with sores on her back. She has this at different times of the year. Changed her food, I can tell if changing her food helps as she may clear up, but never fully. I have not consulted a vet as of yet. We have tried not giving her any fowl with feathers. etc. The sores are very itchy, and get really sore looking.

January 29, 2019 12:07 pm
Reply to  Lee

Try hydrolyEd protein food. It’s working for me

October 25, 2018 8:19 pm
Reply to  Lee

If you want to change her food to see if its allergies i recommend the brand Halo. It helped my dog with her itching

Lori Shambarger
August 21, 2018 8:58 am

I put flea powder on my carpets to kill fleas. Now my chow is having a reaction to it. Her hair is thinning and it is very tender, can anyone please recommend a site for home remedies to try first.

ga anderson
February 8, 2020 3:24 am

use Diatomaceous Earth on the carpets, etc. Only danger is don’t put it down in a cloud, as it is bad to get into the lungs. But it is non toxic, doesn’t hurt if the dog licks it. Oh, and make sure it is FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth

January 1, 2020 1:53 pm

Read about long term use for this protein. I used it as well until I read articles on it.