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Chamomile is excellent for a dog's dry skin.
If your dog is allergic to plants in the aster family don't use chamomile. According to veterinarians Steven Marsden, Shawn Messonnier and Cheryl Yuill an allergy to to chamomile in dogs is very slight.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends that chamomile tea be made from ready to use teabags or loose chamomile flowers purchased in bulk or grown in your own garden.
Chamomile relieves inflammation from allergies, flea bites, and any other causes of irritated skin. Apply cold chamomile tea with a cotton ball or spray on irritated areas of skin. Some dogs are afraid of sprays so a cotton ball or soft cloth may be better. The comfort of your touch will help too.
For minor infections of the eye or skin use a warm chamomile teabag.
Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and an astringent. It can be used for eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, skin infections, hot spots, small wounds and itching.
Chamomile in an oatmeal shampoo is good for general use and care of skin and hair. Although don't bathe your dog too often because bathing strips the skin of natural oils. Vet Info recommends shampoos with oatmeal, vitamin E, wheat germ oil, aloe vera, and omega-e fatty acids for dry skin.
For dogs with extremely dry skin a bit of olive oil added to the chamomile will help to moisturize irritated dry skin.
Lastly, it is important that your dog has water to drink all day. Water is necessary to keep your dog's skin hydrated.
Author Marilyn Pokorney
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