Soothing Your Dog’s Itchy Skin

So, your dog has been scratching for days and it drives you crazy!

While this could be unsettling and disturbing for you, please think twice before getting annoyed at your dog’s new scratching habit. Think about it this way: if your dog’s constant scratching is causing you discomfort, how uncomfortable do you think is, being the one that’s itchy all the time?

Try to help your dog by relieving the discomfort it feels instead.

Even though going to the vet might still be the best step to take, let’s face it – going to the veterinarian can really be expensive.

It wouldn’t hurt to try soothing your dog’s itchy skin using non-toxic household items in the meantime, such as:

Baking soda mixed with water – Mix baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply this paste to the itchy spot. Leave the paste on for around half an hour before rinsing it off.

Apple cider vinegar mixed with water – Prepare a mixture using apple cider vinegar and water. Apply it on your dog’s skin using a spray bottle.

Aloe vera – Apply aloe vera directly to the affected spot on your dog’s skin. Natural, pure aloe vera will be safer to use on your dog than synthetic aloe vera-based creams from stores.

Plain yogurt – Yogurt can help your dog feel better by working from the inside. Yogurt contains Lactobacillus which is good in soothing itch. Just remember to buy low-fat plain yogurt so as to not mess up with your dog’s digestive system.

Oatmeal – You can grind oatmeal and apply it directly to the itchy part of your dog’s skin or mix ground oatmeal with your dog’s warm bath. If you decide to go for a warm oatmeal bath, let your dog soak in it for 20 minutes.

Coconut oil – Add coconut oil to your dog’s food to help treat itchy skin and relieve irritation.

How Often Should You Have Your Dog Groomed

Once you took on the responsibility of taking care of a dog, there are many things you have to set time for to make sure your pet remains healthy and strong.

Aside from scheduling routine checkups for your dog, you also have to set a regular schedule when your dog should be groomed.

One of the most common questions new dog owners share the same question: “How often should we groom our dog?”

The answer to this question will depend on the type of dog you have and the type of coat your dog has. Generally speaking, the more amount of hair a dog has, the more frequently it needs to be groomed. If this is your first time to have a pet dog and you’re not familiar with how to bathe or groom your dog properly, the best thing for you to do is to take your dog to a professional dog groomer.

Unlike humans who need to take a bath frequently, the most times a dog should get a bath is once every three months. Yes, it might not sound adequate, but excessive bathing of dogs can actually harm them. Dog coats contain natural oil that serves as protection from skin irritation. Bathing your dog too much will strip off their coats of this natural oil.

The general rule that a dog should be washed once every three months is applicable to dogs with thick or long coats. The thicker or longer the coats, the more prone it is to be matted and tangled.

For short-haired dogs, though, you can bathe them twice a year.

But just because you don’t bathe your dog as often doesn’t mean you’ll just leave them uncared for. You still have to brush your dog’s coat. If your dog has long or thick coat, you can brush it once a day. For short-haired dogs, you can brush them twice a week, or as soon as you notice that their coats are a little bit out of place.

Nail trimming should be done by a professional – especially if you have no prior experience and knowledge of trimming dog’s nails properly. Since some dogs have nails that grow faster than others, you have to be observant on this one. But typically, dogs need to have their nails trimmed once every month.