For the most part, I believe that itchy skin should be addressed “internally” by adjusting your pet’s diet. However, there are some obviously external causes for itchiness like fleas, frequent baths and skin fungus. Even if the cause IS internal, sometimes your dog just needs a bit of relief (and you too sometimes because a constantly itching dog can be annoying).
Chester used to have itchy skin when he was a puppy. It was pretty predictable – it would happen for two or three days after a bath. Once in while he would develop a raw spot. When he got really itchy like that I would often use topical hydrocortisone on the problem spot. I usually used the human version because that is what I had on hand but you can buy stuff made especially for pets. I used the dobber (like a bingo dobber) version so that more would go on the skin and less would end up on the hair.
Anyway, that has been by go-to treatment.
This morning I was surfing the internet looking for pet products made in Seattle. I found a company called DERMagic that makes products to stop itching and heal your pet’s skin.
To be totally clear, I have not tried these products myself. I had never even heard of them until this morning. The products look pretty promising though.
All of their products are made in the USA from natural products produced in the USA. Their products go beyond just stopping the itching to actually eliminating skin disease and healing the skin. The “system” they developed is actually 4-steps but it looks like you can use the products independently for more minor itching cases.
I am intrigued by this product and just might try it next time Chester get’s really itchy (which happens less and less as he gets older)
Their website says their most popular product is the Skin Rescue Lotion that “offers pets fast and effective relief from skin irritations, hot spots, black skin disease, scaly skin, flea allergies, dermatitis, and dry skin conditions”. In addition to single, full-size products they offer a starter kit and a Groom and Go travel kit. They also offer a couple of their products for cats.