Dealing with Dog Skin Ailments Naturally
Dogs get skin ailments just as humans do. You can’t ask your pet how it feels; you can only observe his behavior and treat the outward symptoms. If you are accustomed to seeking out natural remedies for yourself, it won’t surprise you to know that pet skin disorders can also be alleviated with the use of natural products. Here are some of the common problems found in dogs and how you can use natural remedies to deal with them.
Rashes can be caused by poison ivy and poison oak, as well as by insect bites. Your dog’s incessant scratching is annoying to watch and can lead to infection as well as open sores if it continues. While there are pharmaceuticals that address the problem, owners worry that they may have long term detrimental effects. Instead soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, aloe Vera or milk of magnesium and dab it on the pretentious areas.
Dry skin on a dog can indicate problems with a diet or can be allergies to environmental factors. One solution that has been shown to help is using Vitamin E oil on the dry areas. An Epsom salts bath is more of an undertaking, but also is helpful. To do this, mix (two cups of Epsom salt and half cup of any baby oil to a tub of hot water). Place the dog in the water for ten minutes, followed by a thorough rinse.
A healthy mix of supplements such as (Omega-3 fatty acids, garlic and brewer’s yeast) is beneficial. Daily a half-teaspoon and a clove of garlic, crushed into the dog’s food provide zinc, protein and biotin. Omega-3 provides fatty acids and is found in powdered seaweed, powdered kelp, flax seed oil, safflower oil and linseed oil. A teaspoon of oil and a seaweed daily or teaspoon of kelp is enough to help your pet’s skin stay moist and supple.
There are mild herbal antibiotics that can be used on any broken skin. Offering healing potions, salves and lotions that benefit your pet will make them more comfortable and less likely to get infections in areas that are scraped or scratched.