Dog Rash: 5 Quick & Easy Remedies You Can Make at Home
An unexpected dog rash can surprise you without any time to figure out what caused dozens of red bumps to appear on your dog’s skin, chest, abdomen and groin area… or even worse, you may see clumps of your dog’s fur on your floors and furniture and watch your dog scratch her itchy skin until it bleeds which often results in several vet visits to find a suitable treatment for your dog’s rash and discomfort.
This article gives you 5 causes of dog rashes and 5 quick and easy herbal remedies you can make at home to help relieve your dog’s rash or skin irritation.
Dog Rash: 5 Common Causes
These 5 common causes of your dog’s rash may help you prevent future rashes and irritations.
- Allergic reaction – Your dog may have eaten something she’s allergic to and her skin has reacted with an itchy rash. Ask your veterinarian to check your dog for food allergies.
- Poison Ivy – Your dog may have brushed up against poison ivy while out for a walk. Look for other plants and bushes in your garden that may be toxic or dangerous for your dog’s skin.
3. Road Salt – Your dog may have licked some road salt or carried it home in her paws and developed a dog rash. Always wash your dog’s paws off after a walk in snow and cold weather. Be sure to dry your dog’s skin and paws completely to prevent skin irritations.
4. Medications – Your dog may have a reaction like hives, swelling and a rash from a new medication, vaccination or an antibiotic.
5. Sensitive Skin – Your dog may have sensitive skin and break out in a rash with changes in temperature or contact with certain fabrics and substances.
5 Herbal Remedies for Your Dog’s Rash
Choose from these 5 herbal remedies to help treat a dog rash.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Use organic apple cider vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin, rashes and poison ivy. Mix a 50/50 solution of ACV with water and use a spray bottle to apply it. Apple cider vinegar can sting, so don’t use on open wounds.
- Comfrey – Use this herbal plant that grows in North America and Europe to help soothe your dog’s skin irritations and rashes. You can apply a poultice or compress as a remedy to help heal your dog’s skin conditions. Use a clean sock or muslin bag to steep dried comfrey leaves in boiled water for 30 minutes. Squeeze out the sock or bag, let it cool and apply the poultice or compress on your dog rash affected area twice daily.
- Oatmeal – Use oatmeal dog shampoo for calming, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching solutions for your dog’s skin rash. You can leave oatmeal shampoo on your dog’s skin for 10 minutes and rinse off with cool water. Use a brush with soft bristles or rubber tips if your dog has sensitive skin. Oatmeal can also be used as an exfoliant to help remove dead skin and dandruff.
- Turmeric – Use this herb in the ginger family as an antiseptic for your dog’s skin irritations, injuries and rashes. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a small drop of honey to make a paste and apply to your dog’s wound or dog rash.
- Wheatgrass – Use these young shoots of the wheat plant in a compress or poultice to help heal your dog’s skin hinfections, injuries and all types of skin irritations including rashes. Freeze wheatgrass juice in ice cube trays and rub the wheatgrass cube on your dog’s wounds, scars, eczema and psoriasis to help her heal faster.
Now you’ve read about the causes of dog rashes and 5 quick and easy herbal remedies you can make at home to help sooth a dog rash before it gets worse. I hope you’ll try one of the remedies above and let us know how it worked on your dog’s rash.
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