Plants That Cause Hives in Dogs and Soothing Home Remedies

Some plants can cause hives in dogs, leading to irritation and unsightly red patches on your pet's skin. Here is a list of plants that cause hives in dogs, as well as some natural remedies you can try to ease your dog's discomfort.

Plants That Cause Hives in Dogs and Soothing Home Remedies

Some plants can cause hives in dogs, leading to irritation and unsightly red patches on your pet's skin. Here is a list of plants that cause hives in dogs, as well as some natural remedies you can try to ease your dog's discomfort.

Some plants cause hives in dogs.

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Urticaria, also known as hives, is a type of skin inflammation in dogs that causes the development of raised, red patches on the skin. Hives in dogs are relatively uncommon and can be brought on by a variety of things, including specific plants. If your dog is reacting to a plant, it is helpful to identify it and try to find a solution. Here are some typical plants that cause hives in dogs and some natural remedies to make your pet feel better.

Plants That Cause Hives in Dogs

Common plants that cause allergic reactions in some dogs and may result in hives are listed in the table below. Additionally, common weeds like dandelions and nettles can cause hives when ingested or touched.

Dogs may get hives from plants by licking or rubbing their bodies up against them.

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Symptoms of Plant Hives in Dogs

Symptoms of an environmental allergy in dogs include:

  • Red, raised skin lesions
  • Scratching and itchy skin
  • Face rubbing
  • Swelling and inflammation

If your dog has mild symptoms of hives, try to keep them away from what they are reacting to, and alleviate the symptoms with some home remedies.

Bring your pet to the veterinarian right away if they exhibit excessive swelling or drooling. It is particularly concerning when swelling impacts the face and respiratory system.

Home Remedies to Help Soothe Your Dog's Skin

When a dog has hives caused by exposure to plants, several home remedies can be used to provide relief. These remedies include:

1. Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal baths can be used to soothe itchy hives in dogs caused by plants. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help soothe irritation and itchiness while also forming a protective barrier on the dog's skin. Giving your dog an oatmeal bath helps to keep moisture locked into the skin and slows the loss of hydrating ingredients, preventing dryness.

To prepare an oatmeal bath to soothe your dog's skin, first grind rolled oats in a blender or food processor to make a fine powder. Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal powder with two to three cups of lukewarm water. Massage it into your dog's skin, starting at the back and working forward. Let the mixture soak into your dog's skin for about 10 minutes. Finally, rinse off the mixture with warm water and gently towel dry your dog.

2. Chamomile

Chamomile is well known for its ability to reduce inflammation and irritation on human skin. But did you know that you can safely use chamomile on your dog's skin, too?

You can give a dog chamomile orally or topically in the form of tea, powder, liquid, capsule, or cream. It may be administered with or without food, but if taking it on an empty stomach causes digestive upset, it should be administered with food.

To use chamomile to soothe a dog's skin after getting hives from plants, try brewing a cup of tea with a chamomile teabag and allowing it to cool. You can then use the teabag as a compress on the eye if the dog has irritated and swollen eyes. Alternatively, you can apply cooled tea directly to the skin for quick, soothing relief.

Adding herbal teas or oatmeal to your dog's bath should soothe skin irritation.

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3. Green Tea Baths

Green tea baths can be a helpful DIY remedy for soothing a dog's skin after it develops plant-related hives. Antioxidant-rich green tea also contains substances that are healthy for the skin. These characteristics aid in calming and cooling irritated skin, lowering inflammation, and easing itching.

To make a green tea bath as a remedy for a dog's hives, fill the tub with warm water and steep several tea bags for three minutes. Remove the tea bags and let your dog soak in the bath for at least five minutes.

While the tea helps to cool the skin and lessen inflammation, the warmth of the bath helps to relax the skin and open the pores. The healing properties of tea can reach deeper layers of the skin and provide relief as a result of increased circulation.

4. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, apple cider vinegar is a common home remedy for dogs. After a dog develops hives from plants, it can be used to soothe the skin. Spraying diluted apple cider vinegar directly onto irritated areas is a quick and efficient method.

The preferred method for making a diluted apple cider vinegar spray is to mix it in a spray bottle with purified water and apple cider vinegar in a 50/50 ratio. It's critical to remember that apple cider vinegar will sting if there is an open wound. As a result, always dilute the vinegar with water to at least a 50/50 ratio before using.

5. Coconut Oil

A common home remedy for both humans and animals is coconut oil. It is a very effective option for soothing a dog's skin after developing hives from plants because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Coconut oil can be applied topically to the skin to lessen dryness, inflammation, and irritation. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is particularly helpful at preventing and combating harmful bacteria that can lead to skin issues.

Start with a small amount and increase it gradually when applying coconut oil to a dog's skin. It should be gently massaged into the dog's skin, fur, and coat. After letting it soak for a while, rinse it off. You can continue with a light shampoo and rinse if your dog still feels greasy or oily.

6. Plain Yogurt

Did you know that plain yogurt, which contains bacteria that aid digestion, can also lessen scratching brought on by itchy skin? After a dog develops plant-related hives on their skin, plain yogurt can be a helpful natural remedy. It's crucial to remember that only plain and unflavored yogurt should be used because yogurt that has added sugar or sweeteners can have the opposite effect.

Apply yogurt directly to the area of irritation on your dog's skin. Use a gentle, circular motion to massage the yogurt into the skin to help reduce inflammation and itching. Next, give your dog a quick rinse in warm water before patting them dry with a soft towel.

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Final Thoughts

Taking the necessary steps to identify the plants that cause hives in your dog and having a few home remedies on hand to soothe the skin can help your pup feel more comfortable. It's critical to keep an eye on your pet's reactions and consult your veterinarian if symptoms persist. To learn more about hives in dogs, contact your local veterinarian for advice and treatment options.

Sources and Further Reading

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2023 Louise Fiolek


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