Dog Skin Rashes: Causes and Cures

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When it comes to rashes, we humans are always eager to find ways to cure it. Whether the cure comes from prescribed medication or herbal concoction, we will do what it takes to find the best cure. Just like humans, dogs get rashes too. The only difference is that they can’t just walk into a drug store and buy prescribed medications for it. So as dog owners, it is our responsibility to find the cure to help our pets.

Identifying rashes in dogs

Dog rashes are similar in to human rashes. For one we don’t always know why rashes appear, two it can appear any time given and yes, dogs can feel the itch too. However, with the right treatment, dog rashes can be cured but it is up to us to identify what dog rashes looks like.

It is common for dogs to groom themselves but if they have rashes, they will constantly scratch it with their paws or nibble it with their teeth. These rashes can also appear red, flakey and sometimes swollen. These signs can also come with several symptoms. If your dog has hair loss, ear infection, chronic itching and scratching, hot spots and frequent bowel movement then you know for certain that they are suffering from rashes or allergies.

Causes of rashes

There are many reasons why rashes occur but the most common could be due to food allergies, parasites like ticks, fleas and the likes, worms, atopy, environmental allergens, and bacteria. If your dog is under medication, drugs can also be one of the causes for their rashes. Lastly, an injury can also cause rashes to your dog. So if they are exhibiting these signs, symptoms and causes, you might as well take them to the vet as soon as possible so they can be given the right diagnosis and medication.


In order to cure the rashes on your dog’s skin, you can make use of aloe vera plant, cream or gel. Since aloe vera has been used on many skin problems by humans before, you can do the same to your dog. Apply this on your dog’s irritated skin regularly to see results. Milk of magnesia can also be used to help soothe your dog’s dry, itchy and irritated skin. Baking soda can also help; with the use of water, mix a tablespoon of baking soda and then apply it to your dog’s skin. This will help relieve the itch that they are feeling. Oatmeal shampoo can also do the trick. There are also several dog shampoos that can help cure skin rashes in your dogs. Apple cider vinegar is also useful when applied to the areas where there folds on your dog’s skin. Apply two to three times per week with a wash cloth on the affected areas to relieve the itchiness and drying of your dog’s skin. Coconut oil is also a good option for curing your dog’s skin rashes. All you need to do is massage some coconut oil into the dry and scaly areas of your dog’s skin and leave it for 6 hours the most. Doing so will help relieve the itchy parts.

In case the rashes still continues after trying all of these then it’s time to visit the vet. Doing so will help identify the cause of your dog’s skin problems as well as the treatments needed immediately.