Home remedies for eczema in dogs

Updated February 21, 2017

The word "eczema" is used to describe many skin disorders in dogs, according to Doggy's Paradise. Symptoms of eczema include itchy, scaly skin, rashes and bumps. There are many different causes of eczema in dogs. However, there are some home remedies available to help alleviate your dog's discomfort.


In many cases, eczema in dogs is an allergic reaction to something they commonly come into contact with in their environment. By removing exposure to irritants like cleaning products or flea medicine, you may clear up your dog's allergic reaction.

Topical Treatments

According to, there are a variety of topical treatments you can apply to your dog's itchy areas to reduce eczema irritation. For example, you can apply an oat poultice to itchy areas. To make the poultice, simply cook some oatmeal until it becomes a paste. Once it cools, apply to the affected areas. You can leave it on the skin indefinitely as it will eventually dry and fall off. Green tea can also be used in a similar manner. Steep a few bags in water and when it cools down, apply it to the itchy areas.

Internal Treatments

Sometimes, eczema is just a reaction to low quality dog food. Sometimes something as simple as switching to a higher quality food can solve the issue. There are also numerous herbal options that can potentially help with eczema like red clover, garlic or nettle. Depending on the herb, it is available in capsule, raw or tincture form. You can either administer the capsule as you would a normal pill or add the raw herb or tincture to your dog's food. Before beginning any treatment, make sure you speak with a holistic veterinarian.

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David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.