Natural Supplements for Dogs With Itchy Skin

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Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzyme supplements are used for treating a variety of health problems including itchy skin. One brand that Dym likes combines four plant-derived enzymes in a powder. The product aids digestion by breaking down protein, starch, fat and fiber.

 

Dym recommends sprinkling the powder directly onto your pet’s food at each meal. Ask your veterinarian for a recommended amount.

 

Quercetin

Sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Benadryl” by veterinarians, quercetin can help dogs suffering from environmental allergies. Quercetin is a flavonoid, a plant-based compound with antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties, Dym notes.

 

For best results, he recommends using quercetin with bromelain, an enzyme extracted from pineapple, and papain, an enzyme derived from papaya. Quercetin is available in pills and capsules. Ask your veterinarian for a recommended dosage.

 

Yucca

Used to treat a number of ailments in dogs, yucca extract may be an option for dog owners who want to avoid putting their pet on steroid medications. 

 

“It’s a wonderful alternative to cortisone,” Dym says. “It’s almost a natural cortisone in a plant.”

 

Yucca comes in capsules and a liquid formulation. Since it has a bitter taste, make sure to dilute the liquid with water or mix it well into your dog’s food. Follow all product guidelines and work with your veterinarian on dosage and application tips if you’re considering adding a yucca supplement to your dog’s diet.

 

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