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Homemade Solutions to Prevent and Remedy Hair Loss in Dogs.

Hair loss in dogs can be just as stressful for the owner as the affected dog. Often the visual reminder is enough to create stress in the pet owner. There are, however, flow-on effects of hair loss that also lead to pain and discomfort in the dog. Hair loss in dogs is often associated with itching as a result of a number of situations (such as fleas, mange, allergies). It is the relentless itching that not only causes hair loss but also infection.

There are many solutions on the market for hair loss in dogs. It is advisable to see a veterinarian as soon as possible to gain diagnosis and treatment. There are also a number of homemade remedies that are reported to be effective when treating hair loss. Proceed with caution whenever using natural remedies. Consult a veterinarian if you have any concerns or find them ineffective. Also, sometimes homemade solutions can actually add to, or worsen, the situation.

Homemade Remedies and Solutions

The following provides some homemade remedies and solutions. Many are not scientifically proven.

  • Fresh garlic and brewer’s yeast in your dog’s diet wards off fleas and ticks.
  • Supplement your dog’s food with Flaxseed Oil. It is full of Omega 3 which decreases dry skin, itching and hair loss.
  • Baking soda and water will soothe itchy skin.
  • Goldenseal – a perennial herb – is used as an anti-inflammatory and to heal infections.
  • The use of oatmeal shampoo soothes skin and alleviates itching.
  • Homemade diets, as opposed to commercially bought dog food, can eliminate foods that cause allergies and hair loss, such as beef, chicken, dairy, wheat, corn and soy.
  • Petroleum Jelly soothes itchy and dry skin.
  • Epsom salts soothes itchy skin.
  • Thiamine, citronella and rosemary are said to control fleas.
  • Borax spread on carpet is also a suggested cure as a natural flea bomb. Be careful, borax is also very poisonous.
  • Natural flea sprays can be made out of chamomile, licorice and witch hazel.
  • Use Aloe Vera to soothe skin and prevent further itching and hair loss.

There are many natural remedies recommended for dealing with conditions associated with hair loss in dogs. These solutions can: prevent the cause of the problem (such as fleas or food); soothe the skin and prevent further irritation; and/or prevent infection.


It isparticularly important to note that many of these remedies, although sworn by, have not been tested for effectiveness. If you have concern over your dog’s hair loss, it is better to keep on the side of caution and visit your local veterinarian. Natural remedies should be approached carefully as sometimes they can aggravate the condition further.

 

Dog Hair Loss - Canine Hair Loss - Dog Skin Problems