Dog Itchy Skin Home Remedy Options

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Remedies Needed   2  0   

Posted by Suzy (Oakland, Usa) on 11/11/2011


My 3 year old cat (strictly indoors) has recently developed an inflamed chin which spread to itchy spots on his neck and other areas. I treated him with aloe vera gel, changed water dish to ceramic, and treated him for fleas. It kept getting worse so vet recommended the cortisone injection. Three months later, the condition returned, again the vet gave him the cortisone. Now two months later, it is reappearing and I am not going to keep having the cortisone injected into him. He licks and scratches himself practically all the time. I feed him very good canned food, Halo, Natural Balance, Natural Instinct and others. He is very picky and has always been so. The only thing that he always likes is the dry food "Bench & Field, Holistic Natural Feline Formula". I want to help his immune system restore itself and whatever else I need to do. Please advise. Thank You!

p.s. my younger one year old cat is fine.

Posted by Veronica
Tyler, Texas
3 Posts
Try using organic red palm oil. Put a few drops in his food and see if that helps with the itchingAs you know, itching can sometimes be the result of dry skin, Im not saying that is the problem with your cat but its worth trying the oil as it will lubricate his skin and might stop the itching problem. I recommend the red palm oil because its rich in vit. E, A, coq10, zinc, squalene, ect. which are great for the skin.

Posted by Pitty Girl (Hamilton, Ontario) on 11/06/2011

My 5 year old Pitbull has scratched for the last couple years. I have tried hundreds of dollars on vet prescribed medication. I have switched her food a million times, I now give her something called aloe pet for hot spots and itchy skin. It helps but doesn't get rid of it. My vet thought it was mites but I have tried everything he has given her and it doesn't help. At most she will get temporary relief, but it always comes back. The insides of her ears are red she scratches herself raw, loosing fur in some spots. And has bumps that almost look like scar tissue.. Please someone tell me something to help rid my girl of this pain and irritation!

Posted by Linda
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Have you switched to a RAW diet, with NO grains. I learned the hard way that grains cause so much allergies in dogs!!!!!!! ( in many commercial dog foods) Try the BARF diet, that is 75% raw meaty bone and organ, and 25% green vegetable. With added doggie vitamins, and fish oil for omegas. please google the raw diets, even vegetarians raw diets, that are HOMEOPATHIC vet approved.

Posted by Kathy (Middle Island, Ny) on 10/30/2011

I have a 3 year old black lab mix. He has a beautiful coat but recently has started licking his paws and then rubbing/scratching his eyes. He also flaps his ears shaking his head from side to side in addition to sneezing sometimes. He has worn away the fur around his eyes and a little on his nose. Also his paws where he licks them a little bit. He has been to the vet about 4 times for this, steroid shots worked for a few months the first time but since then hes been back and forth. I'm starting to lose faith in my vet. So he's been on antibiotics, prednisone and Amitriptyline for anxiety. He's afraid of everything, and can't seem to settle down. He sometimes barks and growl at people while he's afraid at the same time. I have tried a grain free dog food with no improvement. Really smart dog too. I know this is rather long but I am at my wits end. Any advice would be appreciated.

Posted by Teresa
Edmonton, Canada
Might have to do with allergies from Food, and yeast buildup from food and the antibiotics, (try adding the Omega 3 oils on food, Flax or fish oils, & a more raw dog food diet, (stay with the No grains dry shd still be good as grains turn to sugars, feeds cancers & yeast), check the ears are they brown with mites, or yeast, the ear shaking & sneezing may be fleas, do a search for these key words and see what other have to say. There is a lot of information here and it's all natural.
Posted by Rendy
Lubbock, Tx
2 Posts
I dust my pets with Diatomaceous Earth once every month or two. It can be fed to them in small amounts ( my 70 lbs mixed breed a 1/4 tps every morning and 20 lbs Poodle 1/3 tps every morning) as well as myself 2 tbls every morning. You can treat your yard or garden with it as it is non-toxic. Earthworks Health website can give you more info or wikipedia.
Posted by Worked For Us
Griffin, Ga
[YEA]   "We took our black lab to vet for years to relieve her of itchy ears. My husband found a recipe online that worked! We did exactly as it directed and her ears are GREAT more than a year later! We wish we had known about it prior to spending so much money at the vet's office. Here is the link:

Posted by Worried About My Jack (London, England) on 09/20/2011

I resenctly invested in a Jack Russell puppy for myself, and soon noticed that he was chewing his feet and tail till he bleed, I took him to the vet and they ran test with no diagnosis. They sent us away with antibiotics which even after completing the course he is still chewing till he bleeds, I brought him a protective collar in the hope that it would prevent him from chewing but he has found a way to get to his feet and tail. He also spends nearly evey second scratching and in between his toes it has something that looks kind of like atheletes foot. Could you tell me if any of this sounds like a yeast infection and if so what is the best thing I can do to help him and if its not, do you have any ideas of what it may be?

Posted by Pawsdog
Belfast, Northern Ireland
I've great sympathy for itchy dogs having a 2yr old jack russell, jasper who has been an itchy dog from day one when I got him as a 6week old. My other 2 dogs a staffy and a yorkie don't itch at all. I've changed jaspers diet, used creams supplements like garlic and fenugreek, fish oil herbs all to no avail. Am at the point of realising I've an atopy dog and he'll never stop itching, he's currently in the grip of a terrible itch scratch cycle his worst yet, and looks like a lobster. I cream him all over day and night sometimes 4 or 5 times overnight, its depressing for me I can only guess what it's like for him...

Posted by Nightrunnerwolf (Brattleboro, Vt, United States) on 09/11/2011

My dog is a 1 yr 10mo old border collie and he is constantly itching, scratching and chewing at himself. He doesnt have fleas and his coat and skin look fine but when I brush him I find dry skin on him. The house he is in is kept clean and none of the other animals have fleas or have this problem. I want too know what too do because he has chewed and scrathed himself raw too the point where he has nasty scabs. The vet said that he had fleas but he didnt find any on him and neither have we. I think its dry skin. But I want too know what I could do to releive his itching and biting. He wakes up in the middle of the night and scratches for the longest time. Im hoping its nothing serious. He doesnt seem to be having a reaction to anything we have. He is on the best food there is and he is drinking and eating out of steel bowls. Any suggestions??

Posted by Ell
Leicester, England / Uk
My cat miminx is just 2yrs..... in all the time we have had her, she has never had a problem with her skin, until NOW!!!!

she is scratching and chewing like there's no tomorrow, she has no fleas at all (I've checked and she gets treated every 4 weeks.)

I have resorted temporarily to putting a bandage round her, to prevent her scratching, it's got soo bad, and I have also been putting sudacream (antiseptic) on her to stop infection and keep it clean, until I can get her to the vets.

the areas she is chewing are becoming sore, and bleeding at times.......

somebody please help! X

Posted by Sara (Old Bridge, New Jersey) on 07/29/2011

My sheltie is 2 yrs old and licks and bites his back paws and scratches. On allergy meds but dont like to give the medicine. I am looking for some natural/ non toxic solution that is not expensive. I have some sauve that is for dogs paws but he licks it off and I am not sure if that is good for him. He eats Blu Buffalo natural dry dog food. His treats are basic treats bone marrow, jerkey chicken strips

Thanks for any help

Posted by Debinpa (Harrisburg, Pa, Usa) on 01/22/2011

I have a 1 year old yorkie who has been scratching both sides of her face at her whiskers. I have taken her to the vet thinking it was her teeth, but he found nothing. I feel bad for her & I don't know what to do for her. Could it be a problem with the growing of the thick whiskers she that is causing the problem? Has anyone ever seen this before? She doesn't scratch other places.

Posted by Blondie (Denver, Colorado, Usa ) on 12/03/2010

Hi I have a 7 year old cairn terrier that developed a horrible itch in her pee area (vagina) at one point she actually had sores around it. My vet put her on steroids (which made her pee a lot). It did get rid of the sores, but she still itches horrible. She is overweight and cannot reach herself to itch the area. Poor thing spins circles on the floor. Does anyone know of an anti itch remedy? I will try anything to help her. My vet thinks its an auto immune disease like lupus. Thanks ahead of time!

Posted by Gina
Iuka, Ms
Blondie, Is it yeast infection? If it is try rubbing plain yogart on her. Even better give her kosher organic coconut oil in her food and rub it on her also. If your dont know what it is these things wont hurt. Also sometimes they get irritated if you change shampoo or dont get all the soap off be sure and rinse her good. Hope this helps.

Posted by Buzybee (Savannah, Ga. Usa) on 10/10/2010

My dog max, is a german shepard and he is always licking and biting and itching, all the time, and I am so distressed at his condition but don't know what to do about the situation,
I am tired of him taking the medications the vet gives him and now want an all natural fix for his problem. He is currently eating "pedigre dog food" and eats those purina dog chicken strips, and bacon beggin strips. He has been on these items since a pup, but now he is getting worse, and biting and licking more. What natural things can I use on him to improve this condition? I read on this web page about ACV, maybe I'll try that to see if it works. I am now using "tea tree" oil diluted an a cotton ball and putting socks on his feet! I need help. Thank you buzybee

Posted by Bb
Atlanta, Ga Usa
First put the dog on a good diet. Commercial food is full of grains, sugar, toxic meat meals, synthetic vitamins, chemicals, rancid oils & toxic preservatives. I reccommend finding a holistic vet to coach you in raw feeding. The commercial food is killing your dog. Pedigree is horrible. It would ALMOST be better to serve him Happy Meals from McDonalds.
Posted by Col
Cairns, Qld, Australia
I also have a dog that suffered badly with itching vet put him on quarter zone tabs but he continued to itch, I put him on sulphur powder 1/4 of a teaspoon for 10 days, he now doesn't sit there crying and scratching, sulphur cleans the blood, I am still trying to find the right dosage per kilo/pound of weight, as I still give him 1/16th of a t/spoon every second day.
Posted by Maryland
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa
18 Posts
Buzybee, your dog's body is starting to react to all those years from eating bad food!

Pedigree and Purina are bad! Read the ingredients and you'll see that it says by-meat product, which means that isn't meat that your dog is eating! Check online and you'll see what it is! It's disgusting! My dog ate Pedigree and other bad foods for over a year (before he used to eat the Merrick's brand) and since he started eating food with meat-by product, he started to itch, his skin got flaky, it came to a point that he would literally scratch himself the whole day!

Change your dog's diet!

Posted by Tina (Worcester, Mass, United States) on 10/01/2010

My dog Snoopy has been scratching himself for about two week now, just as the fall is setting in. All summer long even with the heat, he was doing fine. What should I do?

Posted by Jb
Atlanta, Ga Usa
22 Posts
It may be related to turning on your heat. Either mites in duct work or the lack of humidity.

Posted by Sheila (Singapore) on 12/02/2009

Ears: My 8 year old cross terrier has had itchy ears for years which comes and goes. I rely on Ear Drops from the vet when its bad, which I dont really prefer tho I do see it works within hours ... at least for a week. I wash his ears each week or 10 days with a herbal wash bt still from time to time i see him desperately scratching and its back to the vet EarDrps. Recently I see his skin is acting up and has red blotches, and he is shedding more than normal. I cook him rice with meat and veggies each day. No flavourings but salt. How can I help his skin and ears? Thanks a lot

Posted by Leanne
Chicago, Il
Hi Shelia, we have a black lab and she plagued with itchy ears despite constant cleaning and medicine until a friend of ours turned us on to this solution that you can make. The recipe is all over the internet in case you want to research it more. It goes like this:

16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution

Mix all ingredients in the alcohol bottle & shake. (make sure you shake before every application).

Treatment: Fill ear with solution & massage gently for 30 seconds and wipe with a tissue. Fill a second time and just wipe without massaging. The dog will shake the excess out. Be careful, the Gentian Violet could stain. I use a eye dropper to fill the ear.

2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
1 time per day for the next 2 weeks
1 time per month thereafter

All of the ingredients are available on the internet in case you can't get them locally. Also, be VERY careful with the solution as it stains horribly; its best to apply it outdoors and let him shake out the excess there. Hope it works for your loved one.

Posted by Cvpgrrl
Rutland, Oh
My dog had horrible problems with her ears. We were back and forth to the vet until I tried Garlic and Mullein ear oil from one of our local botanical suppliers. It was made for humans but it worked wonders. I just put a whole dropper full in her ears at night and massaged it in. She hated it but it cured a problem that had been bothering her for years.
Posted by Vanessa
Boric Acid should not be confused with Borax. Be careful.
Posted by Jb
Atlanta, Ga Usa
22 Posts
[YEA]   "When my dogs get itchy ears I use GSE, grapefruit seed extract, ear drops. Easy to use & no staining. It's antibacterial, antifungal & antiviral.
Posted by Mart
Vancouver, Canada
I have a pregnant shith tzu and she's been battling skin problems for two years now... Her skin is always red and itchy and recently she's been scratching her sided non-stop and after taking her to the doctors and over a $1000 later I haven't had any solution yet. The last time they gave me prednisone but right now do to her pregnancy I'm trying to keep her away from that. She's allergic to chicken and corn so right now I have her on Medical skin protection beautiful medicated food about $60 for a 12 lbs bag... And right now she just broke out again and I don't know what to do.... She's allergic to flea bytes as well and I'm not sure whether to give her the flea medicine we have. We been giving her a batch about one every 7 days but her skin smells disgusting and she can't stop scratching her sides... With her back legs....

I been thinking of doing the ACV with water but I dont know about the coconut oil, is there an specific brand or does it have to be organic?? Anything would help.. The lady that sold us the dog has been running a puppy mill and we didn't know until after the fact. Most of her dogs suffer from many ailments so you could imagine if even this is DNA related :( any help would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by Josephine
Wexford, Pa Allegheny Co.
2 Posts
My ShihTzu is suffering with the same problem. Panda is 6 His skin problem started a year ago. He was always on a 5 star food. My vet said its inviremental allergies. He wanted to put him on steroids. But I said no. I have chosen to cloth my panda so he cannot rip open his delicate stomach. I also velcro baby socks to his feet because he almost chewed off his dewclaw! So my poor panda wears his armour till someone can help him and me to fix his immune system. HELP[ someone give me a home remedy. I did try the ACV My poor baby jumped off my lap. He NEVER ever acted like that. And his rash is under his skin RED SPOTS Goodluck to you. I'll keep reading the latest posts hoping someone can help all our sweet babies.
Posted by Tanya
Brooksville, Fl
I just want to throw my two cents in for anybody else having untreatable itching problems with their pets.

For about two years, our Golden had really bad ear infections. They would go from perfectly fine to black, stinky and painful in a day. After several trips to the vet, countless rounds of medications of all kinds, endless ear cleanings and even busted ear drums that required surgery we finally figured it out. She had a food allergy. I don't remember exactly how I figured it out but it definately had to do with food. She is now on a hypoallergenic dry food from the vet and outside of that she can only have chicken. If she gets even one tiny non-chicken cookie from our other dogs it's back to the ear problems again. As long as we are very careful with what she gets, she is good to go.

This may not be the case for your itchy dog but if nothing else works, it's worth a try.

Now if only I could figure out what is making my poor cat itch.

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Posted by Keith (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) on 02/08/2013

[YEA]  I have a 4 year old Yorkie that was scratching all the time. I was advised by the lady who cuts her that she suffers from dry skin and would benefit from oilie fish.

Started her on approx. 1 tablespoon of wild tinned salmon each day and she stopped scratching within two days.

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Posted by Kathryn4 (Owings, Maryland) on 02/25/2013

[YEA]  Sometimes the brand of dog food is lacking in nutirents, I found that one squirt of Salmon oil when I feed my dog made his forever itching skin go away and saved tremendous times of bathing him in all kinds of shampoos that did nothing! It works. He was always red and inflamed and now a thing of the past. The vets don't even tell you how to cure this.

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/14/2013

[YEA]  I have dogs who have seasonal allergies and other allergies that show up on their skin. They get hives, or crusty lesions on their skin; sometimes the skin is very reactive and they will rub on furniture to relieve their itching and cause the hives to raise. Sometimes they just get small, black looking spots that give way to round areas that would make you think 'ring worm' but they are not. I have taken them to the vet when the itching is beyond what I can manage and gotten the steroid shot and in some cases antibiotics if the skin has gotten infected. I have bathed in the medicated shampoos to no avail; nothing really seems to *work* and I end up down the same road - cortisone shot and antibiotics.

This year I discovered Ted's Anti-fungal and Anti-staph solution. Since I have a quantity of dogs, I was able to do some side by side testing. I had one dog I used the cortisone shot and Sulfadene medicated shampoo, and other dog I used only Ted's Anti-fungal and Anti-staph solution. While neither the shampoo or Ted's solution outright stopped the inflammatory state of the skin, Ted's solution stopped any topical infection from starting and spreading. In the dog I used the sulfadene on, it looked as if it was turning into a greasy seborrhea; when I used Ted's solution on that dog the condition resolved immediately.

Dogs with allergy skin are work -no question. In my case it means I bathe my dogs weekly, sometimes oftener if needed, in Ted's solution. While it is not perfect -again, I need to find a way to halt the inflammatory state - at least it allows me to keep the skin healthy to avoid a secondary infection and the antibiotics that are required to resolve it.

I gleaned this recipe from Ted's the feedback in the pet section; since I tend to have a quantity of dog to be bathed at any given time, I usually make a quadrupple batch. The only possible side effect may be that a black coated dog will suffer peroxide bleaching which will turn a black coat red with multiple uses over time.

Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph solution


  • 1 - 16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 bottle Milk of Magnesia
  • 1 box Epsom salts
  • 1 box Borax
  • Filtered or distilled water


Dilute the 16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a 1% solution by dumping the bottle into a jug and adding 32 oz of filtered or distilled water; I just fill up the empty brown bottle with water and dump it in the jug twice. Now you have 48 ounces of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide.

Add 4 table spoons EACH:

Borax, Epsom salts, and Milk of Magnesia.

Shake the dickens out of the solution. I usually run a tub full of hot water and set the jug in the tub, and then when the tub cools where I can bathe my dog the solution is by then an agreeable temperature for the dog. Bathe the dog in doggy shampoo or what have you, get all the crusty lesions gently scrubbed up and loose skin and scabs off and rinse well. Now drain the tub and when empty plug it up again and now pour the jug of prepared solution over the dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution and keep pouring over the dog. I try to keep this up for 10 minutes. If you have multiple dogs with skin issues you may be able to do two at a time depending on the size of your dogs. After 10 minutes I pull the plug and let the dog drip a bit in the tub, and then I take the wet dog with bare hands and put her in a crate with no bedding. Do not towel the dog off - you want as much of the solution to stay on the dog as possible, so it can 'work'. I allow the dog to drip dry in the crate with no bedding. It helps to have the house heat ON, and a nice tasty bone or high value chewy in the crate to distract the dog for a bit. After half an hour I let the dog out and towel dry as best I can and then let them work themselves dry by running all about the house. You do NOT rinse the solution off - you let it dry completely and that is it, until the next bath.

If you have a tiny dog, if you do not wish to make up such a large quantity of solution, the single batch is as follows:

  • 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tbsp MOM
  • 1 tbsp Epsom salts
  • 1 tbsp Borax

You may be able to put this into a spritzer bottle and spritz problem areas on your dog, but I find it best to tackle the entire dog with a full body treatment first, before using the spritz bottle for a spot treatment approach.

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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 01/25/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hi Theresa, or anyone on EC that can give feed back.

Late last year a woman came to my door with a large black rescue dog that is part retriever, newfie. His back was one raw piece blood and serum from years of neglect by people who were addicted to alcohol as well he was kicked by a man and abused constantly. By the way, this is a wonderful, intelligent dog that puts us to shame because he has not a mean bone in him . For four years he wore an e-collar, but no serious treatment for his condition.

The dog was screaming with pain and rubbing his back on the floor in utter agony. I immediately went to my kitchen cabinet and poured high quality turmeric on his huge wound till totally covered. The room was full of blood and turmeric which cleaned up well, so no problem. After about three minutes, while we were talking, I noticed the dog lying quietly in a corner, relaxing. Within three days this large wound area was healed! The hair began growing back with small areas that need work to help fill in. Wonderful turmeric!

The reason I am seeking input is that months later after several baths which he endures with patience most of the scabs have fallen off except those at the root of his tail and along the tail. New bumps appear with a type of goose skin and severe itching. He is on Essiac to clean him out which can take months. I am waiting to get out of this small town to purchase a good e-collar, much as I hate it but plan on keeping it on only after a TED bath for mites and so on.

Meanwhile I use Dr. Bronner's lavender kastile soap for another bath, following up with much diluted ACV which both my dogs hate for the smell even though they like it in the food. What I am concerned about is those hard itchy bumps and the lower back and tail not clearing up. Is it detox or what? I am sure he has mites as he scratches his face quite often. They get home made food with lots of raw veggies, turmeric, MSM a little Celtic salt, kelp and VCO. Some raw chicken items, too. Top quality grain free kibbles in a smaller amount than the rest.

Can anyone make useful suggestions without bringing in vets. Thanks, Om

Posted by Debbie
Bonita Springs, Fl
3 Posts
Try applying either hemp seed oil or coconut oil to the area three or four times a day. Probably wouldn't hurt to mix some turmeric in with it.
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Om!

My spidey senses are tingling on this one. Mites aren't usually itchy, which if it was mites means that you are dealing with sarcoptic mites, and those can get way bad - like when you first saw this dog.. but then you would see hair loss all over, not just the back, but on the face and legs and groin.

Have you ruled out fleas? The itch pattern IMHO fits the MO for fleas. If this is not your personal pet but a client dog, do you know for *sure* the dog's home is not flea infested? Just something about the issue being at the base of the spine and along the tail makes me think fleas. And no matter how many times you wash the dog, if the dog's environment is contaminated the problem will not resolve.

So, if you DO find fleas anywhere in the environment or on the dog then give a good flea, starting at the nose and working your way back; I use Dawn dish soap when I have to do a flea bath, and follow up with an ACV rinse to neutralize any soap that might remain in the coat and re-balance the PH of the skin. I don't envy you blow drying a huge newf mix and all that coat, but you really should blow him out and follow with a thorough flea coming.

Now, if you have absolutely ruled out fleas then the itch pattern you describe smacks of inhalant allergy - mold from snow melt, cedar tree pollens. The remedies for allergies apply - urtica urens/stinging nettle, Thuja - and turmeric of course to combat inflammation, and certainly probiotics to get the gut healthy which will cut down the immune response/inflammation.

Sounds like the diet you are feeding is tops - but when dealing with a rescue you have to repair the 'back log' of being fed less than ideal foods [which likely created a yeasty gut] so ACV or baking soda in the water to alkalize is indicated as well.

I posted below under the Dog with Fishy Skin Odor my Allergy Battle Plan that is based on and includes Ted's remedies - check it out, as I think the crisis doses for baking soda in the water may apply as well as the anti staph remedy for the particular patch at the base of the tail and along the tail- sounds like that may have a fungal component to it. And then when the dog was all dry, back at with the turmeric :)

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Thanks, Theresa, for your reply.

Of course he was plagued with fleas in an inundated environment for years. But there are no fleas here. I use dry turmeric only on fungal conditions or wet wounds. I plan to use VCO with turmeric to moisturize his skin.

It is just the new and old bumps that I am wondering about. Are they bacteria heavens? Mites do itch, Theresa. I will follow your instructions with the Ted regimen. I used such a bath recently but my little dog caught a cold in the early morning. I was mortified and ran to my homeopathics, dosing him with ACONITE, then with a combo from HEEL and would you believe it: not a cough since; he is fine. However I will be spot treating mainly till the weather gets warmer.

Big dog bit me as a pain reflex when I tried to deal with his tail. It was a tooth wound. As turmeric was right with me, I pressed the powder into the wound and there was no bleeding, swelling or discolourisation. Next day I could hardly discern it. It was not his fault. Right now I am using a med. soft nylon brush to remove dead skin. He does not mind that. Thanks again, Om

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Om!

You said: "Of course he was plagued with fleas in an inundated environment for years. But there are no fleas here."

Perhaps I misunderstood- this dog has been in your custoday since late last year? This is your dog now? You might want to try the lamp/plate of dish soap water trap one night as the pattern of itching is a textbook example for flea issue.

That said....

" Mites do itch, Theresa."

Sarcoptic mange mites itch like crazy - however in my experience demodex mites do NOT itch, not until secondary infections such as staph or funal occur.

"It is just the new and old bumps that I am wondering about. Are they bacteria heavens?"

Bumps upon bumps sound like one or both of two things - hives [allergies and inflamation] and pustules [bacterial staph]. Turmeric is effective on MRSA and inflamation, so I would not hesitate to go at the dog's rump with the turmeric shaker as well as dosing in the food.

You might consider adding oils to his diet to help with moisturizing. this is Ted's advice on Newfoundland case from the EC pet allergies page:

'A common remedy for a dry skin condition is evening primrose oil, one teaspoon mixed in a dog food. A dog's skin falling off is often insects, but can be certain staph bacteria for example. As an emeergency remedy I used, milk of magnesia (no aluminum) mixed with water at a ratio of about 1: 2 (which means one part water two parts milk of magnesia solution). The milk of magnesia kills off the invading staph and other bacteria whenever H2O2 and Borax [mange remedy] fails to work. As a warning, the milk of magnesia may cause the dog to have a mild diarrhea, but it seems to help some detox. A baking soda 1/2 teaspoon per liter of water will help raise the dog's immune system. On the other hand 1/8 teaspoon only once a week of borax mixed in one liter of drinking water will help the dog raise the hormones.

As to other remedies that may help, the opening of wounds can be healed faster, some aloe vera is applied or in some cases that has helped me was the application of milk of magnesia, than this is followed by a vaseline to prevent further infection in case things do not work out.

In some cases a certain mange can be resistant to H2O2 and borax treatment due to a REINFECTION. If this is the case the H2O2 and borax is redone, but this time the dog is quarantined in a small room or cage that is sterilized and clean during the treatment period. I have found this method to work quite well in case the H2O2 and borax didn't work initially. I suspect that there is a small hives of mange somewhere in the house that the dogs get reinfected, and hence a quarantine the dog in a clean sterilized area, instead of allowing the dogs to roam around a large area seems to do the trick.'

And as sweet and gentle a soul as this dog is, it may be prudent to muzzle him prior to any grooming session were you have to work the dead skin off the affected area. There are simple muzzle you can make with nylon stockings, or simple dish clothes. For that matter, you can google how to make a Elizabethan collar at home as well. You might also consider cutting the hair shorter [NOT shave to the skin] to make treating the affected areas easier.

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Hi Theresa and all Pet Lovers on E.C.

I am glad I remembered neem seed oil. After one treatment the skin looks wonderful. Neem is anti bacterial and anti viral remedy that also helps hair regrow, discourages fleas, kills mites and no-no critters and lice. It has a smell but I can live with that. This will address the staph infection which, I suspect he may have. Also some bare spots may regrow as future will tell.

There are no more dry flakes and he looks clean. He is now my dog and a joy to have around. His bumps are not all over, just here and there. Thanks, Theresa, I will get a muzzle and e-collar tomorrow. Neem is very bitter, so he is not licking now. I plan to treat him generously with this oil which would differ with each dog, I think.. I warm the neem oil a bit as it becomes semi solid; the colour is gold/brown and one can see the seeds.

I have been reading up on it and I also have the powdered neem leaves to fill into capsules. If a dog has diabetes, this and holy basil leaf powder would be best. I plan to use it myself off and on.

In India neem is famous. People eat neem leaves on empty stomach and it is always hard to reach up to the branches as they have been stripped of their leaves by others. Neem is for everything. The tree itself discourages invasive weeds in its vicinity. The twigs of Margosa (neem) tree are used for tooth brushes. Namaste, Om

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Om!

Wow - no more flakes after just 1 treatment with Neem? I have used Neem in the past but never with such stellar results. Clearly this is the right remedy for your dog! I guess its time for me to dust off my bottle and try, try again...


Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Om!

One more idea from EC's Neem page - date unknown, but likely several years old:

[YEA] Marie from Sumter, SC: "This saved my dog's life. Mitaban was literally killing him. Neem oil smells like garlic, but when he's dry, its not too bad. Give the dog a haircut so his fur is ? inch. Mix 8 ounce bottle of 10% benzoyl peroxide (People) facial cleanser with 16-20 ounce bottle of dog shampoo. This will do for several baths. BENZOYL PEROXIDE BLEACHES JUST LIKE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.

Use 'dog' towels and blankets and remove the nice bathroom rug. Wear old clothes. Wet dog completely. Drain bathtub. Lather dog with a generous amount of benzoyl peroxide shampoo mix for 10 minutes. Give dog a shower for 10 minutes to rinse very carefully. Benzoyl peroxide opens the pores-- mites live in the pores. Keep dog in tub. Add ? cup neem oil to gallon of warm water in a bucket. If the dog is small and you can find a container that he fits in, do that inside of bathtub. Soak him for 5 minutes, massage well several times and he's done. For medium to large dog, put each foot in bucket and massage solution into dog's leg. Use a cup to pour over dog repeatedly trying to save as much as possible in bucket to reuse. Massage into the entire dog. Be careful of eyes. Use a sponge for the belly and face. Wash 5-10 minutes, depending on how big the dog is. Do not rinse off. Do not towel off. When he stops dripping, wrap him in a blanket and stick him in his kennel or a small warm spot. Keep dog warm until dry. All his pores are open; he could take a terrible chill. Bathe every week. He can have baths twice a week instead if it is really bad. Every 2-3 days, rub neem oil on afflicted areas, more often if he won't stop chewing. It doesn't matter if he licks it off after a few minutes. They make neem oil pills. My dog also gets the skin yeast infections dogs can get with demodex so we had to soak him in vinegar. No soap, no scrubbing, just soak good. He has a wading pool. We always add a gallon of vinegar to it. He soaks himself in it and that cures his yeast."

Posted by Derek
United Kingdom
My dog is scratching & biting her paws due to a pink rash on skin, have been feeding her dried iams for dogs. I have a strong suspision its the food as I have bathed her in special shampoo & used fox mite spot on from vets but still itching so try going back to meat products as manufacturers are using fillers in dried food they also have had many recalls due to toxic substances in production
Posted by Kay
Jax, Fl, USA

My GSD at one time also suffered tremendously from itchy skin. I tried everything from prescription shampoos, etc. What helped her the most is I found out she apparently was allergic to Corn meal. So I had to get a dog food which didn't have this in it. Her skin condition cleared up. Sometimes it is an internal thing.


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