Dogs can have skin issues just like humans. Visiting your veterinarian to seek help for your dog’s skin issues is super common; so common, in fact, that it is the second most cited reason pet owners bring their dog to vet.
Dry skin, skin that’s too oily, and food sensitivities are all problems that can create more issues that result in severe skin problems in dogs. When dogs are consistently itchy it’s not just annoying for them but, if left unchecked it can result in injury like a raw patch on their paws from licking or open itch wounds on the sides.
Watching your dog itch constantly may make you ask is dog lotion a thing that exists?
Dog Lotion Exists
You betcha. A quick search on Amazon returns dozens of different options, from paw and nose lotion to anti-itch lotion for dogs with dry skin. Some dog owners also use human lotions, like Aveeno or Benadryl Skin Allergy Relief Cream, for their dog’s skin rashes.
The better question is does dog lotion work? And when should you use it?
First, you should never use dog lotion on an open sore or exposed wound. Dog lotion works well for fast relief from acute itches. In other words, if your dog ran through a patch of poison ivy, hopefully an isolated incident, anti-itch dog lotion is a good option. If you notice your dog’s paw pads or nose are dry, this is also a great place to use dog lotion.
On the other hand, if your dog suffers from consistent skin issues, anti-itching dog lotion isn’t a great long term solution. Why? Dog lotion does not actually solve the root cause of the issue, it simply helps manage the symptoms.
A better option is to seek vet help and come up with a plan to change improve your dog's skin from the inside out. Many vets will encourage you to first try changing, and in many cases improving, a dog’s diet. Dogs have food sensitivities, commonly to chicken, wheat, corn, and other fillers in dog food, and just like us, these food sensitivities can cause skin issues.
For a long-term solution for dog rashes or other dog skin problems, add a natural product like Therabis Stop The Itch to their diet.
Backed by 25 years of veterinary expertise and powered by whole-plant hemp oil, Therabis products are designed to address the specific areas that challenge your pet. Therabis’ founder, veterinary expert, Dr. Stephen M. Katz, has spent a lifetime researching, developing and perfecting our natural formulations, resulting in unparalleled and specific products. So you can feel confident knowing that you’re providing your pet with reliable relief delivered through natural ingredients.
DIY Lotion for Dogs
If you do find yourself in a “my dog rubbed his belly over a field of poison ivy” situation or your dog has dry skin, you may be looking for a DIY dog lotion you can make at home quickly. For this recipe you will only need four ingredients, all of which you can get at your local drug store.
In a 4-ounce lotion bottle, fill half with witch hazel and half with aloe vera gel, then add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil and vitamin E. Shake vigorously.
This lotion will be safe to use on your pet, but if you want to be extra cautious, you can put a t-shirt on them so they do not lick it off.
This homemade recipe will provide some quick itch relief for dogs, but for more advice check out our recent post on The 7 Best Remedies for Your Itchy Dog In 2017.