While a dog may be scratching, itching and chewing because fleas are biting at him, he also could be scratching and itching because his skin is irritated and/or dry. Allergens can cause itching in dogs. Most often, itching is from a combination of dry skin, fleas, allergens and irritation. Essential oils are great at relieving all of these symptoms of itchy skin.
Itchy Dog Blend
5 drops lavender
5 drops roman chamomile
5 drops geranium
5 drops myrrh
Mix all oils together in a spray bottle and then fill the rest of the way with distilled water. Spray as needed for your dogs itchy skin. Also works good to help relax an anxious dog.
Essential Oils for Dogs’ Allergies
Skin is very sensitive on us humans and it’s also sensitive on dogs. So, make sure you are using therapeutic grade essential oils on your dog’s skin (not aromatherapy grade or perfume quality). By using the wrong grade of oil, you could be causing more harm than help.
You’ll also want to make sure you dilute the essential oil with something like cold pressed olive oil. The appropriate ratio for large to medium pups is 1 drop essential oil to 10 drops base oil or for small dogs it’s one drop essential oil to 25 drops base oil. Diluting the oil is important because the strength of essential oils is based on the human body which would equal a 100-pound dog.
Oils to use for your dog’s allergies (remember to dilute them!):
Chamomile – This oil can soothe skin irritations, allergic reactions and burns for dogs.
Helichrysum – Works well on skin conditions like eczema and irritations. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and provides pain relief.
Lavender – Not sure what the problem is but you want to try to help your pooch? Rub some diluted lavender oil on the spot she is scratching.
Niaouli – This oil has antihistamine and antibacterial properties to help your dog’s skin issues from allergies.
Sweet Marjoram – This oil is great for healing bacterial skin infections and can also be used for wounds. It has strong antibacterial properties and has a calming agent as well as muscle relaxant.
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