At least 10 percent of pets suffer from symptoms caused by environmental, flea, and food allergies.
Did you know that it's possible to help your pup with their allergy at home?
We made a list of our top seven proven home remedies for dog allergies.
Read on to discover how you can help your furry friend at home.
1. Chamomile and Green Tea Baths
Chamomile and green tea are both known for their anti-inflammatory and soothing effects in humans.
Green tea also has a range of antioxidants excellent for your skin, while chamomile has antibacterial properties.
Did you know that they work just as well for dogs, too?
Try giving your dog a soothing soak in a chamomile or green tea bath if he or she is dealing with hot, itchy patches of skin.
Start by filling your bathtub or sink with lukewarm water and steep several tea bags steep for five minutes.
Next, remove the tea bags and let your pup soak in the bath for at least five minutes.
You can also spot treat your dog's skin by steeping a tea bag, cooling it completely, then apply the tea bag directly to affected areas.
2. Colloidal Oatmeal Baths
This is an age-old remedy that is tried and tested. Colloidal oatmeal baths are one of the most common home remedies for dog allergies, and for a good reason.
Oatmeal baths help soothe your pup's itchy skin by washing away trapped allergens in their fur and reduce inflammation.
You can buy pre-made colloidal oatmeal or make it yourself by grinding plain, sugar-free oatmeal into a fine powder.
Colloidal oatmeal baths can ease itchiness, swelling, and redness as well as cool your dog's hot, uncomfortable skin.
Another great thing about oatmeal is that it is non-toxic, which means you don't have to worry if your pet takes a lick.
3. Get Rid of Plastic Food Dishes
Toss out your plastic food and water bowls.
Plastic tends to develop tiny cracks that harbor bacteria, causing reactions in sensitive pets.
Dogs that are sensitive to bacterial allergens found in plastic food dishes tend to develop puppy acne as well as rashes or pimples around their lips and chin.
Sometimes dogs can develop these rashes and pimples around their eyes or ears.
Switch out your plastic bowls with stainless, ceramic, or glass food bowls and be sure to keep them clean.
A good rule of thumb to follow is washing them at least once a week, and even more so if you feed your dog wet food.
4. A Balanced Diet
One of the most basic and essential home remedies for dogs with severe skin allergies is feeding them a balanced diet.
Their diet should consist of plenty of healthy carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids.
Carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids help soothe and heal your dog's skin from the inside out.
This is because many pups are allergic to the ingredients found in standard beef, turkey, and chicken-based dog foods, as well as gluten or wheat ingredients.
Switch to foods containing sweet potatoes or fish-based dog food to alleviate the symptoms associated with dog food allergies.
Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to improve digestion, promote skin health, reduce inflammation.
Remember to always consult your veterinarian before adding any new supplements or changing your dog's diet.
5. Invest in a Humidifier
Humans sometimes don't realize that dogs can suffer from many of the same allergens and issues.
One of the best home remedies for dog sinus allergies is improving their air quality.
When the air in our home is dry, it can be a constant irritant to your pup's mucous membranes and skin.
A dog suffering from sinus allergies already has irritated mucous membranes, and the dry air continues to dry them out even more.
The dry air also sucks the moisture right out of your pup's skin, making it dry and itchy.
A humidifier can help combat the problem.
It is important to note that a humidifier is not a cure for allergies, but it will help relieve your dog's respiratory symptoms.
6. Baking Soda
If you're looking for home remedies for dog allergies, take a look at your pantry.
Baking soda, a common household pantry staple, combined with water and blended into a thick paste, can dry out rashes on your dog's skin.
This baking soda paste can also reduce redness and inflammation, as well as alleviate itching.
This paste is easy to make, and you probably have some baking soda in your fridge or pantry.
Just combine a 1:1 ratio of baking soda to water to make a paste and apply it to your dog's skin. Rinse thoroughly after about 20 minutes.
For a little more added moisture, you can add a little bit of high-quality coconut oil to your paste and mix.
For body-wide itchiness in dogs, you can also pour some baking soda into their bath.
You must avoid using this paste on your dog's face.
7. Avoid Treating with Tea Tree Oil
Avoid treating your pet with tea tree oil at all costs.
Tea tree oil may have some beneficial properties to humans, but human skin is much more acidic than your dog's skin.
Using any human hair or skin product on your dog can cause contact irritation.
For a natural remedy for hot spots and allergies, try Epsom salts.
Epsom salts have been known for their properties for generations.
Gentle soaking of just about any infected area of skin with Epsom salt (once or twice daily) reduces swelling, promotes skin healing, and discourages infection.
You can find Epsom salts at any local pharmacy. Do not let your dog drink the Epsom salt and warm water solution.
Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
Now that you know it's possible to help your furry friend with their allergies at home, we hope our list of the top seven proven home remedies for dog allergies gave you some further insight.
Have you tried natural home remedies to treat your dog's allergies?
Let us know in the comments section below!