Does your senior dog suffer from skin irritation? You would do anything to help him feel better, but maybe you’re at a loss as to what you should try next. Obviously, any chronic problems should be addressed with your vet, but if you’re looking for some more natural remedies to help your dog feel better, one or more of the following things may help. Some of these are external applications and some will help the problem from the inside out, so you can try more than one thing on this list in an effort to help your senior dog feel better. Here are 10 tips for easing your senior dog’s skin irritation.
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#1 – Vitamin E
Liquid Vitamin E rubbed directly onto your dog’s skin can help reduce dryness and itchiness.
#2 – Chamomile or herbal tea soak
Chamomile or herbal teas can be soothing on irritated or itchy spots on your dog’s skin. According to The Dog Bakery:
“Chamomile tea & herbal tea soaks, chilled in the refrigerator, can alleviate any minor skin irritations when sprayed on sensitive, itchy spots. The chilled tea kills yeast and bacteria on the skin and relieves inflammation.”
#3 – Oatmeal bath
You may have had to endure an oatmeal bath if you suffered from chickenpox as a child because oatmeal is known to be soothing on itchy, irritated skin. For the same reasons, oatmeal baths can be a great way to help your dog feel better. You can either use ground up oatmeal directly in the bath water or purchase an oatmeal-based dog shampoo to give your dog soothing relief.
#4 – Epsom salt soak
Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for soaking wounds and encouraging healing. A nice warm Epsom salt soak can reduce swelling in inflamed areas of the skin.
#5 – Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil can be applied topically or orally to treat dry, itchy, inflamed skin. It’s an essential oil with anti-inflammatory properties.
#6 – Baking soda
Baking soda can either be added to your dog’s bath water or mixed with water in a 50/50 preparation to become a thick paste applied directly to the problem areas of your dog’s skin. Leave the paste on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
#7 – Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be mixed 50/50 with water and sprayed directly onto your dog’s skin for soothing relief.
#8 – Coconut oil/skin and coat supplements
Feeding your dog a small amount of coconut oil every day can help improve his skin and coat quality by providing medium chain fatty acids that also support thyroid function, digestive system health, and immune system health.
#9 – Yogurt/probiotics
You might think probiotics only impact your dog’s digestive health, but probiotics have been shown to boost the immune system and provide overall health benefits. Feeding your dog a small amount of low-fat plain yogurt or adding a probiotic supplement to his diet can even help prevent yeast infections, a leading cause of skin irritation.
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#10 – Supplements
Treating your dog’s dry skin from the inside out with supplements may be the best long-term solution for your senior dog’s irritated skin. According to PetMD:
“In addition to medical management specifically for your pet’s diagnosed problem, most pets respond well to nutritional management. Dogs with dry skin or a dull coat, for example, often improve with diets or supplements containing optimized levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, often sourced from fish oil, play an important role in reducing inflammation.
Omega-6 fatty acids play a key role in maintaining the integrity of your dog’s skin as a barrier, reducing water loss and bolstering the strength of the skin cells. Linoleic is an essential omega-6 fatty acid, meaning the dog must obtain this from food sources as they cannot synthesize it on their own.”
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(H/T: PetMD, The Dog Bakery, PetMD, The Bark)