8 Ways To Help Your Australian Shepherd Stop Scratching

More and more australian shepherd owners are watching their pups suffer from itchiness caused by allergies. If

your australian shepherd is constantly scratching, adding these natural ingredients to their diet may help. Always check first

with your vet to rule out other skin or flea and tick issues.

1. Give Your Australian Shepherd a High Quality Fish Oil Daily

First and foremost, make sure you’re giving your australian shepherd a high quality fish oil. Fish oil contains omega-3, which

is lacking in most commercial pet foods since it cannot survive the manufacturing process. Omega-3 helps soothe

inflammation, and in some studies it significantly reduced itchiness in dogs with moderate to mild atopic

dermatitis. We like Norwegian Salmon

oil for it’s ultra-high purity.

 

2. Try Adding Quercetin To Your Australian Shepherd’s Diet

Quercetin is also known as “Nature’s Benadryl.” This

ingredient has become very popular in recent years for dogs as it helps suppress inflammation in the body. It’s a

bit hard to find in supplement form, but is included in some soft

chew formulas.

 

3. Try a Colostrum Supplement for Your Australian Shepherd

Found in mother’s milk, bovine colostrum helps support a normal histamine response to help improve

allergies. Colostrum contains immunoglobulins (often referred to as antibodies) which help boost the performance

of your australian shepherd’s immune system. Canine colostrum supplements

are a bit hard to find, but are included in some soft chew

formulas.

 

4. Add Reishi Mushrooms To Your Australian Shepherd’s Diet

Reishi mushroom contain ganoderic acid, which is a compound that inhibits the release of histamines. Histamines

cause allergic reactions in your australian shepherd’s body. In addition, this powerhouse ingredient has anti-inflammatory

properties which can help relieve itchiness.

 

5. Try Giving Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Australian Shepherd Topically or As a Dietary

Supplement

ACV provides digestive support and relief for allergic reactions. A small amount can be put into your dog’s water

bowl, or you can apply it topically. You can also apply a 50% mixture of ACV, and 50% water directly to your

dog’s skin in areas that are experience rash or itchiness. If given orally, you can also find apple cider vinegar soft chew supplements for dogs.

 

6. Try Giving Your Australian Shepherd a Colloidal Oatmeal Bath

A popular remedy for people too, this age-old source of relief can also work for your australian shepherd. There are many

methods and products on the market, and PetCoach offers a great how-to guide on oatmeal baths.

 

7. Try Massaging Coconut Oil on Your Australian Shepherd’s Skin (or adding to their diet)

Coconut oil can be applied directly to your dog’s skin. It helps relieve itchiness and also can improve your

dog’s skin and coat in general. Many dogs love the taste, which can actually become a bit of a problem if your

pup licks it off their skin too quickly!

 

8. Test if a Probiotic Makes a Difference for Your Australian Shepherd

Scientists are finding many links between our digestive system and many forms of disease. Many pet owners notice

a difference in their dog’s allergy symptoms after giving a canine probiotic

supplement (make sure to use one made for dogs). Your results may vary, but it’s worth a try.

Many of the above ingredients can be found in this 6-in-1

allergy and itch supplement for dogs, including salmon oil, reishi mushrooms, colostrum, apple cider vinegar,

quercetin, and probiotics.

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