I am lucky enough to have a predominately white dog, which means she is naturally and genetically predisposed to be allergic and sensitive to nearly everything. Since left on her own my poor mutt will chew and lick at her feet to the point where she can’t even walk, I knew I had to do SOMETHING to give her some relief before she chewed and scratched herself raw. If you have an itchy and licky and biting pet who just won’t stop, try making a homemade anti-itch and lick spray to give you and your dog some much-needed relief.
Some dogs don’t even have fleas or ticks and still itch up a storm. Dogs, just like people, have allergies and sensitive skin, particularly lighter dogs (like white) so it just happens. We moved, and my dog started licking and itching like crazy. She’s allergic to the field across the street, it turns out, and after changing her diet, multiple baking soda baths (which helped, but not for long) I finally made a spray after purchasing one didn’t do anything to curb her itching.
What you need for an anti-itch and lick spray is: 2-3 cups of water, 1 heaping teaspoon of dried Thyme, 1 heaping teaspoon of dried Sage, a 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera (to soothe skin and prevent itching AND licking) and 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom Salts (optional, but it helps curb infection due to exposed skin and biting from your dog, but forgo this if your dog has sensitive skin since it can make some dogs worse). Boil all the contents together on the stove for about 5 to 10 minutes, strain the liquid, allow to cool and then place in a clean spray bottle.
Spray your dog liberally in their common chewing, licking, or itchy spots, such as feet, armpits, outer ears, neck, rump, and inner thighs. Avoid spraying directly in their groin or eyes or anus to prevent irritation. You can also spray this herbal remedy on their dog brush and comb it through the coat. The Sage, Thyme, and Aloe Vera help soothe the irritated skin, and the poor taste of Aloe prevents licking and chewing. It works wonders on my dog in combination with weekly baking soda baths which keeps her nice and white and helps cool down her poor, hot skin and keep infection at bay.
If you can’t curb your dog’s itching and licking, or if it gets worse, of course, take your dog to the vet for further treatment and relief for your dog. Providing a healthy diet and lots of water helps keep your dog’s coat healthy.