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5 Natural Remedies For Dog Seasonal Allergies

Dog parents of dogs with seasonal allergies know how difficult it can be to see your dog suffer from allergy-related symptoms. While seasonal allergies can be a lifelong condition, in most cases, they can be easily managed with different treatment methods! Although there are allergy treatment options such as Dermabliss which are formulated by veterinarians, there are also a few natural remedies for dog allergies. In this article, we will go over multiple different natural remedies for treating allergy-related symptoms in dogs.

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not considered harmful. Atopy or atopic dermatitis is itchy skin that is caused by an allergic response to an inhaled environmental allergen. From environmental, food, and household items, dogs can have an allergic response to just about anything. 

Common causes of allergies in dogs include; food, flea bites, and inhalants. Treatment methods differ based on what type of allergy your dog has. Allergy symptoms in pets develop when their immune systems begin to recognize certain substances (or allergens) as unsafe. Dog allergy treatment options can range from medication, allergy wipes for dogs, natural remedies, and everything in between.

Dogs can display a wide variety of allergy symptoms based on the type of allergies they are suffering from, the severity of it, as well as other factors. Although itchy and scratchy skin is a common symptom of allergies in dogs, allergens can actually negatively impact many different aspects of your dog's life.


Below are a few of the most common signs of allergies in dogs:

Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

  • Itching

  • Licking or chewing on affected skin areas- commonly the face, ears, paws, the base of the tail, armpits, and abdomen 

  • Hair loss 

  • Recurrent ear infections 

  • Swelling of face, mouth, ears, and/or eyes

  • Sneezing

  • Difficulty breathing and/or wheezing

Symptoms can vary depending on what type of allergy your dog has. Keeping track of the different symptoms your dog has is a great start to discovering what your dog could be allergic to! 


Natural remedies for seasonal dog allergies can be used as a preventative or as a solution to already existing allergy-related symptoms! Using natural alternatives can help alleviate the symptoms associated with allergies. However, if the condition worsens, it is recommended to seek medical advice from a veterinarian.

Below are our top 5 favorite natural remedies for seasonal dog allergies:


Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties that can provide instant relief for itchy skin! Oatmeal is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. There are multiple ways oatmeal can be used to treat your dog’s aggravated, itchy skin.

  • Oatmeal Bath
      • Use three cups of unflavored oatmeal that has been ground in a blender and add it to a tub of lukewarm water. Stir the water until the oatmeal is dissolved and allow your dog to soak for approximately 10 to 20 minutes (Helpful Tip: have a dog that won’t sit still in the bath? Put peanut butter or another spreadable dog safe snack on the wall of the tub! This will help your dog sit still while enjoying a treat!) An oatmeal bath will help to relieve skin symptoms associated with dog allergies as well as leave your dog with a soft and shiny coat.
    • Oatmeal Paste
      • To make an oatmeal paste, combine blended oatmeal and lukewarm water to form a spreadable paste. You can then apply the paste to the affected area of your dog’s skin. Cover the paste with a warm towel and keep your dog as still as possible for about 10 minutes to allow the oatmeal to soothe the irritated skin. Repeat up to three times a day or as needed.

    • Oatmeal in Your Dog’s Food
      • Cook the oats in water until they become the desired texture and refrain from adding sugar or milk. Once you have cooked the oats, just simply mix into your dog’s food! You can store extra oatmeal in the refrigerator to have it ready for your dog’s next meal.The recommended amount of oatmeal varies depending on the weight of your dog. For dogs 15 pounds or less, give half a spoonful and for dogs 16 pounds or more, give a spoonful.

    Coconut Oil

    There are many benefits to using coconut oil as a natural remedy for dogs with irritated skin caused by seasonal allergies. Coconut oil can help improve the overall health of your dog’s skin and coat as well as help with skin conditions such as contact dermatitis and skin allergy-related symptoms. For best results, apply topically, however, coconut oil is safe for your dog to ingest!

  • Coconut Oil Applied Topically
      • Apply a small amount to the affected areas of your dog’s skin. Gently massage into the skin and allow the oil to absorb. Coconut oil can be applied to your dog’s skin as frequently as needed but it will make your dog's fur oily. Coconut oil is non-toxic, so if your dog licks it off of their skin, it is perfectly safe!
  • Coconut Oil Included in Your Dog’s Diet
      • Including organic coconut oil in your dog’s diet can help to support overall health! When feeding coconut oil, slowly incorporate it into your dog’s diet to ensure it is a good option for your dog. The amount to add to your dog’s food depends on their size. We suggest 1/4 of a teaspoon for small dogs and one teaspoon for larger dogs!

    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera contains natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties! It should only be used as a skin topical and not ingested by dogs. Aloe veras natural cooling effects provide itchy dogs instant relief and rehydrates the skin. 

    A unique trait of aloe vera is that it creates a seal once applied to the skin. This locks in moisture and keeps irritated skin temporarily protected from the elements! Be sure to purchase pure aloe vera containing little to zero additives as other ingredients may further irritate your dog’s skin.

    Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

      • Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
      • Spray the mixture onto your dog's itchy spots, avoiding open wounds or cuts as it might sting.
      • This spray can also act as a natural repellent for pests like fleas and ticks.

    Note: Always use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and test on a small patch of your dog's skin first to ensure there's no adverse reaction.


    Chamomile is a herb known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help calm irritated skin and reduce inflammation caused by allergies.

  • Chamomile Tea Rinse:
    • Brew a strong chamomile tea and let it cool down.
    • After your dog's regular bath, pour the chamomile tea over your dog's coat, especially focusing on the irritated areas.
    • Let the tea sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. This rinse can help soothe itchy and inflamed skin.

  • Chamomile Tea Rinse:
    • Brew a strong chamomile tea and let it cool down.
    • After your dog's regular bath, pour the chamomile tea over your dog's coat, especially focusing on the irritated areas.
    • Let the tea sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. This rinse can help soothe itchy and inflamed skin.

      What Other Natural Seasonal Dog Allergy Treatment Options Are There?

    Addressing seasonal dog allergies doesn't always require a specific remedy or product. Often, simple lifestyle changes can make a significant difference in managing and preventing allergy symptoms in our canine companions. Here are some natural approaches that focus on everyday care and environmental adjustments:

    Regular Bathing: Giving your dog regular baths can help remove allergens from their coat and skin. Using a mild, hypoallergenic dog shampoo can further soothe irritated skin and prevent the onset of allergy symptoms. Remember to rinse thoroughly to ensure no soap residue remains, which could cause further irritation.

    Consistent Grooming: Regular grooming, including brushing, can help remove dander, loose hair, and outdoor allergens like pollen from your dog's coat. For dogs with longer hair or those prone to matting, more frequent grooming can be especially beneficial.

    Clean Living Environment: Ensure your home is free from dust, mold, and other common allergens. Regularly cleaning and vacuuming, using air purifiers, and changing air filters can help reduce the presence of allergens that might affect your dog.

    Limit Outdoor Activities During High Pollen Counts: If your dog is allergic to pollen, it's wise to limit outdoor activities during peak pollen seasons or times of the day when pollen counts are high. Instead, opt for indoor play or walks during the early morning or late evening.

    Wash Bedding and Toys: Regularly washing your dog's bedding, toys, and other personal items can help eliminate allergens that may accumulate over time. Using hypoallergenic detergents and avoiding fabric softeners can further ensure these items remain gentle on your dog's skin.

    Dietary Adjustments: Sometimes, a simple change in diet can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Offering a balanced, natural diet free from common allergens can boost your dog's overall health and immune system. Always consult with a veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog's diet.

    Avoidance: If you're aware of specific allergens that affect your dog, such as certain plants or chemicals, do your best to keep your dog away from them. This might mean making changes to your garden, using natural cleaning products, or being mindful of where you walk your dog.

    Incorporating these natural lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in managing your dog's allergies. While they might seem simple, their cumulative effect can lead to a happier, less itchy life for your furry friend. Always keep an open dialogue with your veterinarian to ensure you're taking the best approach for your dog's unique needs.