How to make my Pug stop itching? This is the question you’ve most likely asked yourself if your pooch is constantly scratching. Today, we’re going to take a look at some natural home remedies that you can to help get rid of the itchiness and what can be the cause of it.
How to Make My Pug Stop Itching?
The best way to get your Pug to stop itching is to find an antihistamine that works, such as an anti-itch spray for cats and dogs. A pet approved colloidal oatmeal bath can help soothe their itchy skin. I highly recommend using this Earth Bathrash Oatmeal & Aloe Bath for controlling the itchiness.
There are a few natural remedies you can try, which I’ll share with you. But first, let’s take a look at what causes a Pug to itch. If you know your Pug has fleas, I’ve put together a list of vet-recommended flea products for Pugs.
This will help you understand what’s causing the itchiness. After all, you can’t help them out if you don’t know what’s causing your Pug to itch.
Read this article to find out how to get rid of Pug acne.
Causes Of Pug Uncontrollable Scratching
This brachycephalic breed is known for their adorable wrinkles and smooshed face. However, these adorable skin folds are the perfect breeding spot for fungi and bacteria that can lead to infections.
Pugs are also prone to food allergies, skin rashes environmental allergies, and fleas which can have them scratching uncontrollably.
Some possible reasons your Pug is scratching uncontrollably:
- Food Allergies
- Allergic Dermatitis
- Ear Mites
- Skin Infections
- Dry Skin or dandruff
- Skin problems scabs
Read this article about the most common Pug skin problems that can plague this breed.
Has your Pug been spending a lot of time outdoors? Maybe you’ve taken your dog to the dog park or they have just come back from a boarding kennel? Pugs can get fleas and this article will show you how to check for them.
When a dog comes into contact with other dogs, they can come into contact with fleas, lice, or other skin conditions.
You will want to get rid of the fleas and use some type of flea and tick medication that is safe to use for your Pug.
Insects and Arachnids
Mosquito bites can cause a human to itch like crazy. Well, it’s no different for your pooch.
Getting bit by a mosquito can cause severe sensitivity in pets. In some areas of the country, mosquito bites can transmit Lyme, heartworms and other diseases for your pet.
If your Pug spends a lot of time outdoors with you, then use a natural insect repellent for dogs during the bug season to keep your pet say bite free.
Vaccine reactions can cause dermatitis and itching in both cats and dogs. Before getting any vaccinations for your Pug, ask your veterinarian if there can be any adverse reactions for your pooch.
Basically, a pet’s itchy skin can be the cause of several things such as bug bites, fleas, poison ivy, poor nutrition, food allergies, ticks, infections. and allergies to elements in the home.
Some pets can even be allergic to the carpet and floor cleaners you use, air fresheners, detergents you use to clean their bedding.
It can manifest in several different ways and make it extremely uncomfortable for them. Their constant itchiness will drive you crazy because you want to help them, you just don’t know how.
If your Pug is suffering from itchy skin, paws, or have an itchy tail, you can try some of these natural remedies to help alleviate the discomfort.
There are several reasons a Pug scratches uncontrollably, so make sure you understand what’s making your pooch uncomfortable.
Natural Pug Itchy Skin Remedies
If your dog is scratching uncontrollably, losing hair, and making themselves bleed, then maybe you should try some of these natural remedies.
They are perfect for dogs that suffer from dry flaky skin that makes them itch. Mindy my black Pug used to suffer from dandruff quite a bit, till we bathed her with Earth Bath Oatmeal Shampoo.
In the video, Dr. Jones discusses some natural remedies that can help dog owners stop the constant scratch, scratch, scratch behavior.
Essential Fatty Acids
You can use flax oil or fish oil supplements for your pooch. You’d want to give 1000 kgs per 20 pounds of body weight. Depending on how itchy they are, you can give them the supplement twice daily.
Curcumin is one of the most important herbal anti-inflammatories that is safe and proven to be effective for a broad range of different conditions.
Use 100mg per 10lbs and give them the supplement one to two times per day depending on how itchy and uncomfortable your Pug is.
This is a natural herb steroid that replicates some of the effects of Pregnazone to help decrease the itching. There are no harmful toxins or side effects from using Licorice Tincture to worry about, unlike the typical over the counter medications.
Use 1/2ml per 20 pounds twice per day for 3-5 days.
Homemade Dog Anti Itch Spray
You can use these homemade sprays to help alleviate that itch. It’s really easy and here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (Braggs is the most popular to use)
- 1/2 cup brewed green tea (cool not hot)
- 1 cup distilled water
- spray bottle
Rodney Habib is the creator of this homemade anti-itch dog spray. It’s extremely easy to make and can help alleviate your Pug’s itchiness.
The Apple cider vinegar with the “mother” works the best. The mother in vinegar simply means that it is unrefined, unpasteurized, and unfiltered which contains beneficial compounds.
The spray has several uses and can be used to help:
- Soothe itchy skin
- calm welts and rashes
- Helps restore skin PH
It also has added benefits for keeping biting fleas and gnats at bay for your pooch. One bottle should last you quite a while and you don’t have to worry about any harmful toxins.
The oatmeal bath can be used to wash their paws if they have itchy feet, or their entire body if your Pug has dry skin.
Foot Bath: Fill your tub with several inches of warm water to cover your Pug’s paws. You may want to use some non-slip rubber mats to keep your dog steady while in the tub.
Add some colloidal oatmeal to the bath and let your dog soak in the solution between 5 to 10 minutes. The amount of colloidal oatmeal to use for your dog will vary, I used to use about 1/2 cup for Mindy and she weighed 22 pounds.
Remove your Pug from the bathtub and pat dry their feet with a clean towel.
Making Your Own Colloidal Oatmeal
Some pet owners choose to make their own colloidal oatmeal for their dog’s bath. If you choose to do so, make sure you use regular or quick oats.
Don’t use any of the oat brands that have sugar. Grind the oats in a coffee grinder or food processor until it is a fine powder. It should have the consistency of powdered sugar.
Test the colloid attributes in your oatmeal by mixing a tablespoon of the crushed oats in a warm glass of water. If the water turns cloudy and feels smooth, you have the correct consistency.
My Dog Can’t Stop Itching
If you’ve tried everything you can and the problem just won’t go away, then it’s time to consult your veterinarian. Their itchiness can be an indication of a much more serious condition.
Pugs can have several health problems, that’s why I highly recommend that you invest in Pug pet insurance, that can help soften the blow when you take your pooch to the vet.
Every pet is different and I’ve done my best to bring you some of the best natural remedies I’ve found online. Read this article if you want to know if Benadryl is safe for Pugs.
They may not work as quickly as an over anti-spray medication. However, these methods are beneficial and will not cause any side effects for your Pug.
References and Further Reading
PetMD – How to Handle Fleas On Dogs
Only Natural Pet – Top 10 Reasons Your Pet May Be Itching