How To Stop Dog From Itching: 4 Simple Home Remedies

Do you have a dog that constantly scratches and it’s keeping you awake at night? Then you shouldn’t ignore this simple itching because it can be a sign of allergy or skin problem. If you want to know how to stop dog from itching, then you come to the right place.

Many dog owners assume that fleas cause the itching of your dog but the truth is a number of things can interact with each other to cause it. I had a dog that has an itching problem and it leads me to discover several remedies that were really effective. If you like to get started with the itching remedies, keep on reading.

What You’ll Need

Remedy 1

Olive Oil

Not only does olive oil serve as a great cooking oil but it can also be used as a treatment for your dog’s itching. Olive oil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, and antioxidants that can restore the moisture of your dog’s fur coat. While this healthy oil can help remedy dog itching, it can also help make the fur grow glossy and thick.


Olive oil can be used internally and externally. If you want your dog to get maximum health benefits, look for extra virgin olive oil as it likely restores most of its antioxidants during production. Since light tends to degrade the quality of the oil faster, choose a dark bottle over a light colored one.


You may need about a cup of water to dilute 5-10 drops of olive oil. Use clean water, preferably filtered or distilled. If the water on your faucet is free from contamination, use it if you like.



An empty bottle will serve as the container for your topical moisturizer. Be sure that the bottle has a cap so you can seal the solution for future use. I recommend that you use a 1/4-1/2 bottle to fit the entire solution. If you have a dark glass bottle, the better because it can preserve the quality of the oil better than a light colored one.


Paper Towel

You’ll need a paper towel to wipe any excess oil from your dog’s coat. Use a thick paper towel with great absorbing qualities. For future use, prepare several pieces of paper towels.


Remedy 2

Coconut Oil

Just like olive oil, coconut oil can also be used both internally and externally. Coconut oil can help improve your dog’s immune system when applied internally. When taken externally, it can moisturize your dog’s dry skin.

I recommend that you use virgin or extra virgin coconut oil to get many health benefits, such as killing off excess candida, stimulates metabolism, and promotes better immune system. Make sure that the brand that you use contains no sugar or preservatives.


Glass Bottle

The glass bottle will serve as the place where you’ll store the coconut oil topical solution. Again, make sure that the bottle has a cap so you can seal the freshness of the solution. What I use is a 10-ounce bottle which fits all the solution perfectly.


Lavender Essential oil

You’ll need 10 drops of lavender essential oil to make the coconut oil solution. This essential oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can heal any itchy skin condition. More than that, lavender can help sooth your dog’s central nervous system.


Lemon Essential Oil

Another essential oil that you’ll need for the coconut oil topical solution is lemon essential. You’ll need about two drops of this citrus essential oil which help soothe inflammation and minimize allergic reactions that may cause your dog’s itching. Just like lavender, lemon has antibacterial , anti-fungal, and even antiseptic properties which can eliminate any itch-causing bacteria on the skin.


Remedy 3


Another way on how to stop dog from itching is feeding your dog some yogurt. This semisolid sourish food is rich with probiotic that can promote a healthy digestive system. By restoring good bacteria in your dog’s colon, yogurt can help strengthen the immune system, hence, prevent skin and yeast infections.


If you want, you can mix the yogurt in your dog’s food. Just remember to only feed plain yogurt without additives and sugar, like this one to avoid further complications.

Remedy 4

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The raw, organic and unpasteurized form of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help relieve itchiness caused by yeast. Just like olive oil and coconut oil, ACV can be used externally or added to your dog’s food.

To find the best ACV, look for the “mother”. Unlike highly processed ACV, the unpasteurized variety has the mother, which is described as the cloudy stringy matter that floats and swirls around. It contains all the healthy nutrients as well good bacteria.


Step-By-Step Instructions

Remedy 1: Get Moisturized With Olive Oil

If your dog itches because of dry skin, then introducing olive oil into his diet might be effective. This healthy oil contains omega 3 fatty acids that can enhance the quality of your dog’s skin. You can also apply olive oil externally, which I prefer sometimes.


Mix The Olive Oil In Your Dog’s Food

Add 1/2 tablespoon or 5-10 drops of olive oil into your dog’s food twice a day. After a few days, you’ll be able to notice results. As soon as your dog’s skin becomes normal, reduce the amount of olive oil to less than 1/2 tablespoon.


Apply As A Topical Moisturizer

In an empty bottle, add 5-10 drops of olive oil. Next, dilute it with one cup of water. Seal the bottle with a cap and mix well.

When it’s time for application, place a few drops of the solution on your hand. Massage the solution in your dog’s skin, especially on the dry areas where your dog often scratches. If you see any excess oil on his coat, wipe it off with a paper towel.

Do this treatment once a day until your dog’s skin becomes healthy again. To keep your dog’s skin moisturized, apply occasional treatments.


Remedy 2: Control Yeast Growth With Coconut Oil

Allergy symptoms, such as itching, can be caused by yeast. This fungus can help absorb nutrients in your dog’s body when it’s balanced, however, if it grows out of control, it can begin causing allergy symptoms. Here are the instructions on taking coconut oil orally and topically.


Feed Your Dog With Coconut Oil

Add coconut oil directly to your dog’s meal to improve his immune system. The dosage may depend on your dog’s body weight. For every 10 pounds of body weight, feed your dog up to one teaspoon daily or every few days.


For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, add up to two teaspoons of coconut oil to his meals. You might want to begin at just 1/4 of that amount (1/2 teaspoon) of coconut oil to avoid loose stools. From that minimum amount, work your way up to two teaspoons.


Apply A Topical Solution

In a small glass bottle, add 8 ounces or 16 tablespoons of coconut oil. Close the bottle and let it sit in a warm room to change it to room temperature. Next, add 10 drops of lavender and two drops of lemon essential oils.

Shake the mixture and pour a few drops on your hand. Massage the mixture into your dog’s skin once weekly or more often if necessary. After each use, store in a dark place. This topical solution will last for several months.

Remedy 3: Keep Good Bacteria With Yogurt

If your dog keeps on scratching ear and chewing his toes, then probably, your dog is struck with a yeast infection. You can stop yeast infection from happening by feeding your dog with yogurt.


Select The Best Yogurt

The best yogurt for your dog is plain and unflavored. If you want to make sure of the ingredients, you can make your own yogurt by watching this video.

But, if making your own yogurt is a great hassle for you, buy it in any stores near you. Read the label and look for active L. acidophilus. Avoid flavored yogurt because it may contain too much sugar.


Feed Your Dog Yogurt

Yogurt may contain high amounts of calcium which may cause bone abnormalities if you overfeed your dog. For small dogs, one teaspoon of yogurt is sufficient. For large dogs, two tablespoons are enough.

Feed your dog yogurt a few times a week. You can also add yogurt directly to your dog’s food if you like. To prevent stomach upset, start feeding your dog yogurt with small amounts.


Remedy 4: Relieve Itchy Skin With Apple Cider Vinegar

If the itchy skin of your dog is caused by poison ivy or yeast, then ACV is a great solution. Its antibacterial properties can relieve your dog’s itchy skin and paws. You can use it topically or add it to your dog’s food or water.


Make And Apply An ACV Solution

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When applying the ACV solution, avoid the open wounds or raw skin. Apply this said solution daily until the itching stops.


Soak Your Dog’s Itchy Paws

If your dog has itchy paws, you can put some ACV solution into a basin. Make sure that the amount can soak the whole paws. Soak your dog’s paws for not more than five minutes.


Add ACV In Your Dog’s Food And Water

If yeast is the main problem and you can’t apply the solution topically, you can add ACV into your dog’s water and food. Feed your dog 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of ACV twice a day. Do this until the itching goes away.

Pro Tips

    • Never give more than 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in one setting because it might cause diarrhea.

    • Because olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, avoid using it on any place that has broken skin or open wounds.

    • If your dog abhors the taste of coconut oil, try adding coconut meat, coconut water, or coconut milk to his food.

    • In case the coconut oil solidifies, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds before adding it to your dog’s meal.

    • Avoid applying ACV solution directly into raw skin or wound because it will sting really bad.

Final Thought

Did you find the instructions on how to stop dog from itching simple? I actually did because the things you’ll need are readily available at home. I never thought that natural remedies can be as effective as the medicated brands. Aside from being effective, the home remedies presented above won’t give dangerous side effects as compared to commercial sprays and creams.


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