Recently we were asked what to do for a dog with itching skin. First thing to determine with the dog is why his or her skin is itching. If it is due to fleas or ticks, then Bug Off from Rocky Mountain Oils would be a good idea. This oil is helpful in getting rid of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, etc. You can apply it by putting 1 or 2 drops around the collar area. Also along the back of the dog near the base of the spine. One woman, E.G., told us what she does for her dogs: “I use Lavender to ward of bugs and recently made a few cotton collars and put a few drops of Bug Off on them and it is working wonderfully and I don’t have to use that nasty chemical stuff down their backs to ward off fleas and ticks!”
Other reasons for itchy skin can be a rash or an allergic reaction to something in the dog’s environment, or even just really dry skin. So you should take a look at what type of shampoo you are using as well as what kind of triggers could be around the dog.
One woman applied a drop of Lavender on her dog’s feet where she was licking and behind her ears where she was scratching. It seemed to give her some relief.
For a treatment, here is a recipe we found in the book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell
- 1/2 (15 ml) base oil (carrier oil)
- 2 drops Geranium
- 6 drops Rosewood
- 6 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Roman chamomile
- 2 drops Carrot Seed
Top 20 Essential Oils for Dogs at a Glance
Thyme ( chemotypes)
Essential Oils to Avoid using with Animals
Clove Leaf and Bud
Red or White Thyme
What kinds of treatments have you used with your pets? What recipes are your favorites? Please feel free to share them with everyone on here. We’d love to see more!