Natural treatment of dry itchy skin on our dog.

Natural treatment of dry itchy skin on our dog.

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For the last 4 yrs, we have battled hot spots on my sweet dog. Milton has dug himself furless and raw. We have sought treatments, special shampoos & conditioners, various high dollar food, skin treatments and even kept his coat cut close. Nothing was helping and we were getting desperate! After breaking the bank, we simply had to find something to help him! Natural treatment of dry itchy skin (hot spots – per our vet) on our dog was our ultimate goal.

Natural treatment of dry itchy skin on our dog

As the weather changed to the wet seasons of Spring and Autumn, his itching became worse. We approached the Veterinarian as to what the underlying cause could be for the dry itchy skin. He gave us a list and we worked through them all! Blood tests, allergy tests, change of diet, you name it and we’ve tried it.

Dry skin in dogs may be the results of:

  • Poor diet, lacking sufficient fats
  • Skin infections
  • External parasites
  • Allergies (inhalant or food allergies)
  • Liver problems
  • Hormonal imbalance, especially lacking thyroid hormones
  • Autoimmune diseases

Sadly, even the medication that was giving him some of the relief he desperately needed no longer worked. The first medical treatment was Prednisone and Amitriptyline. It worked great for about 2 months and the symptoms came back. The vet then moved him to Apoquel and swore by the great results everyone saw. It never stopped the itching. Apoquel only slowed it down. We have dumped over $100 per month on Apoquel and have only seen a small decrease in his misery. Small victories are great but we need a cure. Could you imagine being so itchy that you dig your skin off of your body day and night?

We watched helplessly as he chewed at himself day and night. The Veterinarian seemed to be at a loss as to the next step. This had to end! I set out on a search for a natural cure. These medications and constant changes in products couldn’t be good for him! We even tried the probiotic approach. That nearly killed him. He got very sick and my vet said this was not a path for him. (He was having a reaction. Add another huge medical bill to the long list of our trial and error path.)

I stumbled upon the coconut oil treatment. It can be applied to the skin and given orally. Great for the skin and coat! He loved it and acted like it was a treat. Milton would beg for it and gobble it down. He would also lick his fur and paws, which caused is dry itchy skin to become worse. The outcome was diarrhea & there wasn’t a decrease in his itching and chewing. This poor little guy was bald from his mid-back to tail and both sides in that area were also red and bare! Ugh!! How can this be so hard to address?

Natural treatment of dry itchy skin on our dog

By chance, we ran out of dog food and Apoquel the day before payday. I went on the internet, searching blogs for excellent and healthy homemade dog food recipes. As I started finding the recipes I noticed a certain ingredient in almost all of them, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. That intrigued me, so I started searching how healthy or unhealthy this product I use to cook meals with would be for my sweet little guy.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil really surprised me. It’s good for your dog’s coat and skin helps with weight control and many other benefits. Well, everything else is a complete failure, what’s one more try with something already here? The dosage for his size – 15 lbs – was a teaspoon a day, stirred into his food. Here we go, let’s see how it goes.

Natural treatment of dry itchy skin on our dog

Day One:

Half of a teaspoon in his food was all I wanted to try. He ate all of his dog food in one feeding and seemed sleepy. (Full bellies tend to do that.) I waited for his reaction or if there would be a decrease in his itching. 2 hours later, he was doing the normal amount of scratching a dog does and was still chewing on his paws. But the non-stop chewing and itching had nearly stopped. There were a few moments of chewing at his skin. That is understandable because the skin is irritated from all of the hot spots already there. That night he started digging at himself again. He didn’t have diarrhea, there is a plus!

So far, this is a decent result. Day two I will increase to a full teaspoon into his full day of dog food and divide it into two meals. Maybe that will carry him through the night.

Day Two:

A full teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil was added to his total daily feeding and was stirred into his dog food. He was dancing around, excited, jumping on me and being very vocal about breakfast! I put half of his daily feeding out and not a morsel was left when he was done.

Naptime again! With our day almost done he wasn’t chewing his paws, hardly any itching, and a normal bowel movement. We have a winner! He will enjoy the other half of the food with the extra virgin olive oil for dinner.

Victory! At last, we have found a natural remedy to make him comfortable and his fur can start growing back. No more costly products, medicine, and watching this adorable best buddy suffering. I feel accomplished as a pet owner. Finding a natural treatment for hot spots on our dog was the goal and I found it.

Day Three:

Milton has made it through the night without waking just to itch and chew at himself. His energy level is rising, he’s playful and happy to eat breakfast. His coat is even starting to look less dry. This little guy can now be a normal dog. He does still have a little itching on his back and sides. This is normal due to his skin still healing from the self-inflicted injuries. Chewing and saliva made the dry itchy skin worse. His paws are annoying him as well. Rubbing coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil on them will only promote the licking of his paws. Ordering some paw protection balm will have to be the route we go to help him with this itchy spot.

Our other little dog, Madison, doesn’t seem to tolerate the extra virgin olive oil well and gets her food separate from Milton. This is the exact reason you should contact your local vet to be sure this treatment is right for your fur-baby. I’m not a medical professional and I am not giving you advice in any way. This post is written to share our experience.

*Olive oil will not reduce dry skin if your dog is affected by liver problems or a hormonal imbalance, which requires more complex treatment.

Extra Virgin Olive oil contains omega 3 fatty acids, which can improve the quality of the skin. We use 1/2 tsp two times per day in the dry dog food and was able to see results after a few days. Maintaining this course of treatment until we noticed that our dog’s skin is back to normal, we can now reduce the amount to just a few drops.

Giving a few drops of olive oil on a regular basis may be recommended, especially if your pet has a dry food diet. Ask your vet how much your dog may have per day based on their size to avoid developing diarrhea. Even though creams and shampoos containing olive oil can be beneficial to repair dry skin in canines, I know my dog and know this is not an avenue for us. Each dog will be different. Again, consult your veterinarian.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and/or make a purchase, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

One Reply to “Natural treatment of dry itchy skin on our dog.”

  1. Interesting read. My neighbor has a pup who has skin issue and has tried so many things. I will have to ask her if she has tried this

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