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Home Remedies For Itchy Pets

westieThey call it “The Dog Days of Summer” for a reason! Our dogs enjoy summer just as much as we do. While you’re out together, your dogs are encountering the same perils as you. When you find you both scratching either from bug bites or rashes, don’t call the vet just yet! Effective remedies are already in your kitchen cabinets.

Apple Cider Vinegar And Corn Starch For Bug Bites

Mix the two until you have a thick paste and apply it. Vinegar takes the sting out of the burning itch. The cornstarch will help to draw it out and speed up healing.

Apple Cider Vinegar For Rashes

While their coats protect them from most plants, their bellies, groin and noses are susceptible. If those areas are red, swollen, irritated and/or itchy, it may be poison ivy, oak or some other irritating plant based oil. Mix 1:1 parts apple cider vinegar and cold water. Mist as needed for relief.

Dish Soap for Plant Based Rashes

Keep in mind that the oils may still be on their coats. So wear gloves while treating them. Giving a bath with organic, chemical-free dish soap will remove those oils before you treat the irritated areas. Otherwise you risk being infected yourself or reinfecting areas treated.

Witch Hazel As An Astringent

Apply Witch Hazel with a cotton ball to an itchy bite or sting for pain relief.

Pure Vanilla Extract For Bug Repellent

Two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract to one cup of water is a natural bug repellent! Mist as needed.

Epsom Salt For Inflammation

To soothe inflammation, mix two tablespoons of epsom salt in one cup of cool water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and place on the irritated area. Change as required.

Vodka for Oil Removal

For spot removal of irritating plant oils apply vodka! The alcohol cuts through the oils so that it’s safe for you to handle and treat your dog.


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  • 6 Responses to Home Remedies For Itchy Pets

    1. I use a tea made if lemon grass and rosemary . After I bring the water to a boil I leave it sitting until it cools off I add some organic coco nut oil and put it in a dollar store spray bottle. Lemon grass works much better than citronella I stopped using lavender because it was leaving my blonde pug with pink spots

    2. Kathy

      Would you share your recipe for the flea/tick shampoo?
      How much of each ingredient and where do you find it all.
      I’ve see Castile soap @ Walmart, but have no clue where
      to get all those oils. Thanks so much.

    3. Ann Moxley

      I make a shampoo that I use on my black Lab to keep fleas and ticks away. Aloe vera Juice, Water, Pure Castile soap, Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucaliptis, rosemary, Peppermint…and it just smells clean and good…and it helpls his skin all the time…If I take out the soap, I use it to spray around doors and windows and patio and flower gardens, and it absolutely does away with pesky insects…

    4. Bernadine

      All of theses are great by the way!

    5. Bernadine

      What works better for fleas and ticks, vanilla or a mixture of lavender, citronella oils mixed with apple cider vinegar and water? I like both

      • Betty

        How much of the vanilla or lavender, citronella and vinegar do you use?

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