So you have an itchy dog. No problem, they’re our bread and butter here at Dogs First. First things first, everyone wants the quick fix but more important than what you put in at this point is what you STOP putting in. After all if your friend has a shrimp allergy and you keep feeding him shrimp then you’re going to keep needing those drugs to stop the symptoms popping up. In itchy dogs the top allergens are wheat, all dairy, all cooked meat (certainly chicken and beef for the mo), all useless chemicals (chemical flea and worm control and annual boosters for viruses). For more on this please read our highly popular article on Food Sensitivity in Dogs.
Once you have that bit sorted and you’re still seeing some itch, consider making up a bottle of apple cider vinegar based anti-itch spray! Inspired by Dogs Naturally Magazine but with a Dogs First twist at the end! The spray will reduce inflammation on the skin and kill any baddies there, cooling and soothing, providing immediate relief. Make up some up and keep it in the fridge, it won’t go off (very quickly).
Why We Use Apple Cider Vinegar On an Itchy Dog
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is great stuff. Everyone’s raving about it. The best ACV is the organic stuff containing “mother” which is all the bits floating around in it. This ACV has the best proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that we are after. You can find it in any good health store.
ACV is a top notch probiotic and is itself full of good bacteria making it both a brilliant addition to improve digestion but also a fantastic immune booster (vital to control the itch), hence ACV is used in many digestive issues. ACV contains acetic acid making it one of the finest antibacterial, antispetic and antifungal substances out there which could be causing the itch in the first place! It also shown to be great for diabetics (improving insulin sensitivity and reducing blood sugar in mice and humans), lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, cancer (ACV has been shown to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours) and even increase satiety and the feelings of fullness!
How to Make Our Itchy Dog Relieving Spray
You need to pick up a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is a popular one). Next you need some good quality green tea (teabags fine). Add half a cup of ACV to half a cup of strong, cooled green tea. The green tea is great for the skin. Tea polyphenols have been shown to protect against skin cancer by securing skin free radicles and reducing inflammation, which is what is making him so itchy. Add this mix to a full cup of distilled water (boil some water and allow it to cool).
To this ACV / green tea mix I would add two things. The first is aloe vera. Aloe is the best herb for the skin for many reasons. Please source it in it’s rawest, purest form possible.
Also maybe think about adding some peppermint (you can find some in the tea bag section when you’re looking for the green tea). This will add a wonderful cooling effect to the skin!
Add your mix to a big spray bottle and store in the fridge. Spray on affected areas when and where needed!