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 Essential Oils for Dogs at a Glance

  1. Carrot Seed
  2. Cedarwood Atlas
  3. Chamomile, German
  4. Chamomile, Roman
  5. Clary Sage
  6. Copaiba
  7. Eucalyptus radiata
  8. Geranium
  9. Ginger
  10. Helichrysum Italicum
  11. Lavender
  12. Mandarin, Green
  13. Marjoram, Sweet
  14. Myrrh
  15. Niaouli
  16. PuppyOrange, Sweet
  17. Peppermint
  18. Revensare Aromatica
  19. Rose
  20. Thyme
  21. Valerian Root

Essential Oils to Avoid using with Animals

  1. Anise
  2. Birch
  3. Bitter Almond
  4. Boldo
  5. Calamus
  6. Camphor
  7. Cassia
  8. Clove Leaf and Bud
  9. Crested Lavender
  10. Garlic
  11. Hyssop
  12. Juniper
  13. Oregano
  14. Pennyroyal
  15. Red or White Thyme
  16. Rue
  17. Santalina
  18. Sassafras
  19. Savory
  20. Tansy
  21. Terebinth
  22. Thuja
  23. Wintergreen
  24. Wormwood
  25. 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!


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.