Natural home remedies for itches due to flea bites on dogs

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Natural home remedies for itches due to flea bites on dogs
Flea bites will cause itching and inflammation in dogs. (dog image by Ergün Ã--zsoy from Fotolia.com)

Flea bites are a common cause for a dog's itchy skin. Flea saliva gets under the dog's skin, which causes the itching, scratching and inflammation, according to Stop Dog Itching. Some dogs are allergic to fleabites and this will make the itching worse than normal. Commercial products found in retail stores for the relief of itching caused by flea bites are expensive. However, natural home remedies will give your dog some relief and are affordable.

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Cold Baths

Give your dog a cold bath to relieve the itching--the hot spots will cool down and reduce itching. Hot baths will only cause the inflammation to swell and cause more itching.

Cornstarch

Bathe the dog in cornstarch and water to relieve itching or sprinkle some cornstarch on the flea bites, which will temporarily relieve itching.

Aspirin

Dissolve two aspirins in 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol. Get 1 cup of warm water and dip any flavour tea bag in it. Mix the two mixtures together and let them completely cool down. Shave the area where the flea bites are (if there is a lot of hair) and use a cotton ball to apply the mixture directly to the bites. Use this remedy as often as needed.

Epsom Salt

For flea bites around the feet and ankle area, make an Epsom salt bath. Run a cold bath with enough water to cover the dog's feet and ankles. Add at least 6 tbsp of Epsom salt and mix well. Make sure the dog does not drink the water, as this will make him sick. Allow the dog to soak in the Epsom salt bath for at least 15 minutes to relieve the itching.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda all over the dog if he has a lot of flea bites. For minimal bites, make a paste with water and baking soda. Apply the paste directly to the bites to relieve the itching.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is available at health food stores and a few retail stores. Mix this oil with water (use a 9:1 water to oil ratio) in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well and spray all over the dog. Do not get this in its eyes, as it might burn. This remedy will relieve the dog from itching for about eight to 10 hours.

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