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Best Dog Food and Supplements for Dogs with Itchy Skin

Best Dog Food and Supplements for Dogs with Itchy Skin


When Sydney and Rodrigo were puppies, they itched a lot after being outside.  We were told that this could be due to the growing mushrooms in the yard.  We added ground flax seed to their diet and the itching stopped.  Now, 2 years later, they have itchy paws during hay fever season (Spring and Summer) and our veterinarian approved Benedryl.

Today, we’ve found a few more successful ways to treat our dogs’ itchy skin and paws.

Food/Supplements for Dogs with Itchy Skin

Switch to raw feeding or to a grain free kibble.

Many reasons dogs have itchy skin is due to the food they’re eating and we’ve learned over the years that many dogs have allergies to the grains in our dog food.

Dog food I recommend are…

If you think it’s a protein allergy, identify the protein.  Many people (myself included) believe that their dog has a chicken allergy, but did you know that many chicken kibbles contain other proteins and ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction?  Yeah, me neither. We had to switch from Life’s Abundance (a brand that only has a chicken formula) to Halo Pets (a brand with chicken, salmon, seafood, and lamb) to get the variety we needed and it helped.

Add Olewo Red Beets to your dog’s diet.

Olewo carrots were recommended to me by a friend when Rodrigo and Scout developed diarrhea (chicken/beef allergies).  When I checked out the brand, I saw that they offer red beets as well.

“My Beagle Bentley suffered terribly from severe skin allergies. He had itchy red skin and bald spots from chewing his hair out. His vet determined the allergies were environmental and not diet related and prescribed steroids to relieve Bentley’s extreme discomfort. He received steroid injections every 4 to 5 weeks for about a year and a half. Then a friend told me about Olewo supplements and I started adding the red beets and carrots to Bentley’s meals. After 2 weeks, he was less itchy, and within a month, all of his symptoms were gone! Olewo has worked miracles with Bentley, and I wish I had known about it before he received the steroids. – Jessica Anderson – Bradenton, FL”   ~ Source:

Olewo red beets is a natural way to resolve dog skin allergies, itchiness, inflammation, slow metabolism, and weight issues.  We add a spoonful to our dogs food daily.  You can add this to a raw or kibble diet.

Add Omega 3s to your dog’s diet.

We alternate between Grizzly Salmon Oil, Grizzly Pollock Oil and Megga Dog Camelina Oil.  These oils have many health benefits, including improving the condition of your dog’s skin and coat.  Extra virgin coconut oil has become a yummy staple for our dogs too and it’s also great for increasing metabolism and more (see below).

Here are links to buy these oils:

Don’t leave your vet in the dark.  Our dogs itchy skin rarely resulted in welts or bleeding, because we were able to resolve the issue right away.  Not every dog owner is this fortunate, so if your dog’s itchy skin is causing misery, please contact your vet for more recommendations.


  1. I worked with the veterinarian at Natura and he recommended California Natural venison formula for Brooks’ itchy skin, and it’s worked great!

  2. I think that here is the thing. These are some good options and it certainly won’t hurt to try.

    Dogs can be itchy for a variety of reasons, though, and depending on the cause, what works for one dog might not work for another.

    For example, if food allergy or intolerance is involved, the best diet won’t help if it does contain the offending ingredient(s).

    When the liver is involved, then liver-supporting or liver-cleansing diet or supplementation will work best.

    Some things are generally universal, such as omega-3 supplementation is likely to help or make matters matter regardless of the cause. Cartenoids, zinc, vitamin E complex …

    • So very true, Jana

      Our Rodrigo gets itchy paws for 3 reason: fresh cut grass, salt water at the beach, and long exposure in the snow. No diet change is going to do this, so we have other steps to help us that were approved by our veterinarian. We’re lucky that our dogs don’t have any food allergies to contend with; that has to be frustrating for dog owners to figure out.


      • I’d be curious what do freshly cut grass, salt water and snow (unless salted) in common … ?

        • For Rodrigo, he’s the common denominator. Our vet shared that many dogs have sensitivities to grass starting in the spring and the snow. The salt from salt water at the beach is just irritating for already sensitive paws. Plus it’s yummy, encouraging more licking. I’ve found that if I rinse off his paws on days when they’re going to be irritated and put some salve on them (more in the winter season) then he feels loads better. Plus our vet approved Benedryl, 1mg per body weight, on days when he’s really bothered (grass days).

          • Really? Grass and snow, wouldn’t make a connection. To me those are completely different substances, unless, of course, contaminated by some common crap.

            • My white bichon gets red paws every spring from the grass. He is fine all winter.

              • Our dog is similar. But he has trouble in the winter when it gets too cold too; so we limit his time in the frost and snow. We’e found that rinsing his paws regularly help.

                • Hi Kimberly,
                  My bichon first got bright red paws when he was about 6 months old. Thankfully my Vet is older and very experienced. Instead of expensive testing, he recommended a very inexpensive anti-histamine that worked like a dream. Then when the ground froze up, the paws never got red. It’s only on wet grass, esp. fresh cut grass, that his paws turn red.
                  I am lucky to live right beside a huge park that includes woodlands and the river. My dogs have never been walked on the street, hence no salt!
                  All the best,
                  Nancy and the 2 bichons and PWD

  3. We have our dogs on a grain-free diet, due to our golden retriever’s tendency to get itchy. (Currently, they eat the pork formula of Precise Holistic Complete.) However, the diet has never been a cure-all, and we still have to give him benadryl (or the generic Walfinate) pretty regularly. One of the vets at the office we go to insists that there’s very little connection between food and itchy skin, but we steer clear of the grains and chicken, anyway.

    • I’ve heard from many people that switching to a grain free diet made a difference. My thought is that if it works and your dog is getting good nutrition, then go for it! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Nice article on . Gave me food for thought (no pun intended!) onalleviating itchy skin in dog. I too am a great fan of Blue Buffalo products, particularly their Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe.

  5. In my experience the most consistently effective supplement is Extra Virgin Salmon Oil because of its purity and high omega-3 fatty acid content. I used to give my dog, a little amount salmon oil every day.


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