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Dogs, like humans, can suffer from allergies of all sorts, especially skin allergies. In fact, you and your dog may be allergic to the same things: pollen, animal dander, plants, and insects are some of the most common irritants for dogs, according to PetMD.
Just like humans, dogs can get very, very itchy. Ongoing allergies—and the associated scratching—can lead to atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin inflammation that’s super common in dogs.
A veterinarian can diagnose the disease for sure, and treatment can include desensitization injections, corticosteroids, antihistamines and regularly bathing your dog with anti-itch shampoos.
With spring in full bloom, we’ve rounded up the best dog shampoos for skin allergies.
Ideal for dogs that suffer from seasonal allergies and sensitive skin, this all-natural shampoo will leave your dog’s skin smelling fresh. The shampoo is formulated by veterinarians and includes naturally soothing ingredients like oatmeal, neem oil, chamomile and tea tree oil. Use it regularly during peak allergy season.
Helpful review: “I use this for my pug who suffers from a slight grass allergy. This shampoo helps reduce underbelly redness without stripping natural oils (aka: without drying his skin). He now loves taking baths because of this shampoo.”Buy Now on Amazon
A mixture of all-natural, biodegradable, and tear-less ingredients, this mild shampoo cleans and soothes your dog’s sensitive and allergy-prone skin. It also takes is free of possible irritants like fragrance, soap, parabens, and phosphates, leaving a mild natural formula with aloe vera and naturally moisturizing coconut extract. You can use it on dogs six weeks of age and over.
Helpful review: “This shampoo really helped my dog with his skin allergies. He scratched much less after using it. Lathers well and leaves his coat of hair soft and fluffy.”Buy Now on Chewy
This hypoallergenic, vet-developed shampoo features nanoliposome technology, which the company says helps the ingredients penetrate the skin more effectively for itching relief. It’s made in the U.S. and doesn’t contain soap, which can be too harsh for some pets. It’s also got a 100% money-backed guarantee if you or your pet aren’t a fan.
Helpful review: “The shampoo does work. My black Lab was suffering from allergies and had some dandruff, and this product works great. His coat is shiny again, and he’s a happy dog (no more scratching). Did I mention it smells GREAT?”Buy Now on Amazon
This lavender-scented shampoo smells amazing and might help your dog relax during bath time, too. Ground oatmeal brings relief to your dog’s dry, itchy skin. It’s clinical strength, sulfate, paraben, cruelty and tear-free, and recommended by veterinarians. Reviewers rave about how clean their dogs smell and the quality of the ingredients.
Helpful review: “I love the lavender scent of this puppy shampoo. It is gentle, and it leaves her coat soft and helps her to be less itchy. I also like that it is not super perfumey and she smells like a clean puppy rather than a drugstore perfume counter when she comes out of bath!”Buy Now on Amazon
Created as a natural alternative to the harsh chemicals in some shampoos, Pets Are Kids Too uses all-natural ingredients to calm your dog’s skin. The shampoo’s itch relieving ingredients include organic oatmeal, baking soda, and aloe vera. Some have said their pets end up smelling a bit like oatmeal cookies after a bath.
Helpful Review: “Our dog suffers from allergies and lately has had the excessive itching period that comes along with them. When he gets bad, we scrub him and wash him with this shampoo/conditioner. We notice a significant change in not only his itchy spots but in his fur as a whole. He comes out of the bath really soft and even better, smelling GREAT!”Buy Now on Amazon
This is a 100% USDA certified organic dog shampoo with no artificial or synthetic ingredients. It moisturizes your dog’s itchy skin while leaving them with a pleasant citrusy scent, thanks to aloe and lemongrass. Biodegradable and made of sustainable ingredients, this shampoo is also gentle on the earth. Lemongrass not your thing? It’s also available in a variety of other scents, including an unscented version.
Helpful review: “I have two dogs, both with skin problems. I used this for the first time the other day and I am very happy… Each of my dogs has a different coat-shepherd and one is a lab. No residue on their hair and no itchies! After they dried they smell fresh too!”Buy Now on Amazon
Pro Pet Works shampoo is specifically formulated for pets with food, grass and flea bite allergies and is pH balanced for sensitive skin. Pro Pet is made with natural organic ingredients like almond oil to soothe your dog’s itchy skin and is made with biodegradable and recycled materials.
Helpful Review: “We really liked this Oatmeal Shampoo. It has a great scent that made my dog smell clean. My dog is little old chihuahua and I bathe him often because he likes to roll in grass and then he scratches and bites on his legs. This shampoo helped his grass allergy and he wasn’t biting himself.”Buy Now on Amazon