Most dogs go through a phase of itching and scratching, whether it’s a daily occurrence or only happens once in a blue moon. Usually, it isn’t anything to worry about, though if the itching seems to be distressing your dog, is accompanied by a rash or skin infection, or simply doesn’t seem to stop then you should always consult your veterinarian.
Some dogs really struggle with allergies and feeling itchy, other dogs have very few problems with their skin but will occasionally find themselves bothered by an insect bite or skin condition. Every pet owner should have a first aid kit on hand for their dog, and it is well worth including an anti-itch dog spray for those times when your pup just can’t seem to satisfy that itch.
This recipe is easy and affordable to make, lasts a long time and provides your dog with an instant soothing effect while tackling the itching head on.
½ cup cooled chamomile or green tea
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup distilled water
3 drops lavender essential oil
Start by making half a cup of chamomile or green tea by steeping the tea in boiling water, then allowing it to cool completely. Once fully cooled, add the tea to a mixing jug with the apple cider vinegar, distilled water and lavender essential oil. Give the anti-itch mixture a quick stir before pouring it into a spray bottle, ready to be used whenever you catch your hound scratching themselves more than usual.
There are numerous skin-loving benefits to the ingredients used in this homemade anti-itch spray for dogs.
Chamomile tea is well known for its soothing properties and will provide relief for irritated and inflamed skin, while green tea is also a good option due to its antioxidant properties.
Apple cider vinegar should never be used on raw skin or open wounds as it will sting, but used on itchy skin it is ideal. It is anti-fungal which makes it perfect for stopping the itching associated with yeast related skin conditions
Lavender essential oil is a natural antihistamine which brings down inflammation caused by an allergic reaction, making it perfect for dogs struggling with seasonal allergies.
Keep your bottle of anti-itch spray in the refrigerator to make it last longer. The cool sensation of the spray straight out of the refrigerator will make it even more soothing when used on your dog.