- Limit your dog to exposure to any known allergens. If they are allergic to pollen, keep them inside when the pollen count is high and wash their feet when they come into the house. If they have a reaction to dust mites, keep them off of rugs and upholstered furniture. Dogs with allergies to grains should be fed a grain-free food.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar is an ideal natural remedy for dogs with allergies. Pour some apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and spray directly onto your dog's skin. This will relive any itchiness and redness. Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water, if their skin is already broken.
Add apple cider vinegar into your dog's water to relieve other allergy symptoms. Approximately two teaspoons of the vinegar per day for a 50-pound dog will help relieve nasal discharge, runny eyes and even some coughs.
Avoid or relieve canine ear infections by placing a few drops of the vinegar into your dog's ears. Rub the ears to help the vinegar work its way into their ear canal. Wipe out with a cotton ball.
Discourage fleas with an apple cider vinegar spray or bath-time rinse. Some dogs are allergic to fleas; any flea bites will cause excessive itching. Your dog may damage his skin while scratching and biting himself to get relief. Apple cider vinegar, mixed with equal parts water, sprayed onto your dog's coat will discourage the fleas. A bath in an herbal shampoo, followed by a rinse of apple cider vinegar and water will kill the fleas.
- Give your dog an oatmeal bath to help soothe allergy symptoms. Make an oatmeal paste of half water and half oatmeal. Apply to itchy area and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off.
- Mix together baking soda and water. Spray on your dog to relieve itchy skin caused by insect bites. You can also add baking soda to their bath water.
- Itchy, red, raw feet are often a sign of a dog's allergies. Your dog may chew at his feet causing the screen to break and sores to develop. Soak his feet in a tub of water and Epsom salts for relief. Do not let him drink the water.
- There are many herbs available to help your dog soothe allergy symptoms. Discuss any herbal remedies with a veterinarian knowledgeable in natural cures.
Here are a few herbs known for their abilities as natural remedies for dogs with allergies: Apply aloe as topical relief from an itchy allergic reaction. Aloe is anti-inflammatory. Chamomile (German) has antimicrobial properties and can be applied to your dog's skin for relief. It can be made into a tea, allowed to cool, and ingested. Chamomile also has calming properties. Ginkgo biloba inhibits histamines and other chemicals that result in inflammation. It is also known to help with cognitive disorders. Goldenseal is also known as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory remedy. Eye drops containing goldenseal have been shown to relive runny eyes. Goldenseal should be carefully monitored and not used on pregnant dogs or by dogs with low blood sugar. There are potential long-term effects.