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.
Foods and Supplements that Offer Relief to 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.
Dodg food I recommend are…
- The Honest Kitchen
- Tripett Canned Green Beef Tripe (add to your dog’s current food)
- Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood (Chicken, Beef and Seafood formulas)
If you think it’s a protein allergy, identify the protein. Many people (myself included) 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 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:
- Grizzly Salmon Oil
- Grizzly Pollock Oil
- Megga Dog Camelina Oil – all the benefits of salmon and pollock oil, without the fishy smell
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – also great for rashes, sores, dry paws, and dog treat (and human) recipes
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.