Itchy dog skin is a common problem pet parents deal with. It’s so frustrating to watch your dog scratch and scratch and feel like you’re not helping them. Max is one of these. So in an effort to help him I created this easy oil recipe that has done wonders for his skin and his itchies. It’s all natural and only uses three ingredients.
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Working with Max’s skin and coat has been a challenge since we got him. When he first came home he was nearly bald from mid-back to his tail. Most of this was from a flea allergy, but once we got him on regular flea medication his skin was still flaky and his fur only grew back very thin. I tried putting a fish oil capsule in his food, but it didn’t seem to help (I think I’m going to give that a second chance though. I’ll let you all know how it goes). Then I changed Max’s food to a grain free recipe and his fur grew in beautifully, but his skin was still dry and itchy.
Then, My mom and I started talking about her dog, who has allergies like no tomorrow and itches like… I don’t even know what. Even on allergy medication he itches a little! I love Montana like on of my own, so I did a ton of research and finally put together two recipes: a conditioner (more on that soon) and an oil that they could leave on him. So far I’ve only used the oil for Max.
So what’s in the oil:
Coconut oil is like the cure all for skin conditions. Itchy? Bumpy? Dry? Flakey? Aging skin? Slow hair growth? Coconut oil! Like, literally, do a Pinterest search, the list of benefits never ends. Most of these claims shouldn’t be much a surprise though. Coconut oil is a refined oil that helps cleanse and moisturize. Coconut oil is mostly saturated fat, so not great for a diet staple, but when applied to skin it is absorbed deep into the tissue where it can: add moisture, help the skin maintain it’s moisture barrier, and pull out dirt and toxins (1). Plus, it’s natural and gentle on all skin types, even dogs. If you don’t already have some I really like this brand: Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 15 Ounce
While less popular than coconut oil, which hazel is another cure all. For this recipe I’m using which hazel because it’s a natural astringent. This means that it helps pull toxins out, and close up the skin. If you want the dictionary definition “having the property of causing contracting of soft organic tissues” (2). That’s a lot of fancy talk for, it helps heal small cuts, sores, and scratches that come from constant itching. If your dog has been itching for a while already, witch hazel will facilitate healing and get your baby back to smooth healthy skin faster. Bonus: witch hazel also makes a great facial toner for yourself. I found some at Walmart, but you can also get it here.
Lavender essential oil
Let me just say that I have never used essential oils until three months ago. I didn’t really buy it, but seriously you guys they’re amazing! Also, once I got into them I realized they are incredibly concentrated and you use just drops at a time, so a little goes a long way. I’ve heard so much about lavender soothing itchy skin for dogs I figured I’d give it a try. Most importantly though lavender is an antihistamine, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory (3). For a pup with allergies, like Montana and Max, adding lavender was a must. Besides, it smells good. This is the kind I use and it works wonderfully
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
2drops lavender oil
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl
Use your hands to apply to your dog. Make sure to get all the way under their coat and rub it into the skin.
I love comments! Let me know how your dog’s skin is doing with this oil, or about any variations you made!