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Treating Itchy Skin on Dogs

Treating Itchy Skin on Dogs

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.

Holistic Aromatherapy for AnimalsFor a treatment, here is a recipe we found in the book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell

Soothing Skin Essential Oil Blend
  • 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
Combine all ingredients, shake and store in a dark glass bottle. Use 2-4 drops of this blend to spot treat small areas of affected skin.
Here are some other recommendations by Kristin Leigh Bell:

Top 20 Essential Oils for Dogs at a Glance
Carrot Seed
Cedarwood Atlas
Chamomile, German
Chamomile, Roman
Clary Sage
Eucalyptus radiata
Geranium
Ginger
Helichrysum Italicum
Lavender
Mandarin, Green
Marjoram, Sweet
Myrrh
Niaouli
PuppyOrange, Sweet
Peppermint
Revensare Aromatica
Rose
Thyme ( chemotypes)
Valerian

Essential Oils to Avoid using with Animals
Anise
Birch
Bitter Almond
Boldo
Calamus
Camphor
Cassia
Clove Leaf and Bud
Crested Lavender
Garlic
Hyssop
Juniper
Oregano
Pennyroyal
Red or White Thyme
Rue
Santalina
Sassafras
Savory
Tansy
Terebinth
Thuja
Wintergreen
Wormwood
Yarrow

And finally,

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!

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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