Natural Treatment for Dog Skin Problems
Skin problems in dog are a common occurrence. The external tissue layer is the first to be exposed to extreme weather conditions and microscopic organisms which brings forth various skin ailing conditions.
Extremely cold dry winds in winter months will exhaust the otherwise normal supply of natural oil from a dog’s skin (or for that matter even human skin) causing his skin to dry out. A dry integument of an animal gradually progresses to dandruff formation making the dog scratch frequently due to an itchy feeling generally experienced with dryness. Take a handful of vitamin E oil and massage it gently into your dog’s skin to give him immediate relief from any skin irritations. Another option would be to dilute pure aloe vera gel taken directly from the plant in some water and spray your dog’s entire coat with this for aloe vera has natural moisturizing and healing properties. If his dry coat begins to show signs of dandruff formation soak him in an oatmeal bath. Combine rolled oats 1 cup and ¼ cup each of dried lavender and chamomile buds in a blender and powder finely. To this add ½ cup corn starch, place in a small cloth bag, tie it up and toss it into your dog’s lukewarm bath water. Medicated shampoos and dips should be resorted to only when the condition is severe warranting medical help.
When your dog licks, bites, or chews one particular area persistently it can inflame his skin around that chosen spot and give it a more reddish hue. His irritation may either be due to presence of tiny mites, fleas or an insect bite. To get rid of microscopic mites from his skin combine equal quantities of calamine lotion, aloe vera gel, and soluble sulfur in a large pan. Mix well, add 16 cups of distilled water and bring to a boil. Lower flame and simmer for 30 min. with the pan covered. Cool and coat your dog’s entire body including his feet and tail with this solution. Wait until dry and then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Follow this with a liberal application of petroleum jelly on his skin to lock in moisture and prevent skin dryness. Repeat this ever week for a period of one month to prevent your dog from developing mange skin disease.
Nasty wingless, bloodsucking tiny insects called fleas may also be the cause for your dog’s itch. Take 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves and steep in 4 cups boiling water for 30 mins. Strain, add to 1 gallon of warm water and pour over your dog’s body until he is thoroughly soaked in it. Allow this to dry naturally and this will save him from fleas.
For an insect bite mix equal drops of extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil and apply on his tender, swollen areas for immediate relief. Preferably keep him indoors after sunset and screen your doors and windows with good mosquito screens sealing off entry for any insects completely.
To keep your dog tick free, boil 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of dried rosemary and eucalyptus leaves. Lower flame and simmer for half an hour. Cool, strain into a spritz bottle and add 2 drops each of lavender, basil, and eucalyptus essential oils. Tighten the lid and shake well. Now add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, spray and rub it into your dog’s skin. This will control your dog’s tick population. Tick removal is essential as these can cause parasitic dermatitis in your pet.
Skin diseases become rampant when your dog’s immune system is weak. Feed him a well balanced diet that is free of chemicals and preservatives. Home cooked food or a raw diet with vitamin, minerals, and fish oil supplements will help your dog develop resistance to skin infections.
Brush his coat every day. This will stimulate the oil glands present on his skin and remove any dead skin cells and hair effectively. Keep his sleeping area, bedding, feeding area and feeding bowls clean. As far as possible use natural disinfectants and cleansers rather than harsh chemicals and detergents while cleaning his enclosure. Spray your dog’s crate or kennel with white vinegar, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wash off thoroughly with a lukewarm mild soapy solution. Follow this with a peroxide cleansing and finally spray with water to which a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil is added. Keep your pet dog clean and healthy at all times.
Linda Kajda – Author of Dog Skin Solutions Ebook
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