I no longer give our dogs flax seed; I’ll have to update this post. Today, I give our dogs Bonnie & Clyde fish oil and a digestive supplement called FullBucket. Those supplements combined with a raw food diet cured Rodrigo’s itchy paws about 99%. When his paws are bothering him, I wipe them down with a 50/50 mixture of organic apple cider vinegar and water, dry them off, and massage coconut oil onto them. I only do the coconut oil part when we’re turning in for the night and he won’t be going outside again.
Itching in dogs is commonly related to allergies. Flea saliva is just one of many dog allergens. Dogs can be allergic to virtually anything in the environment, such as dust mites, dander (cat, human, etc), pollen, grasses, mold spores and more. Many dogs have seasonal allergies. These are most likely caused by pollens and other outdoor allergens that change with the seasons. Dogs can also be allergic to ingredients in dog food , such as chicken, beef and various grains. Some dogs only experience mild to moderate reactions to various allergens and respond well to treatment. Others suffer from a more serious allergy condition called canine atopic dermatitis and may require more intensive therapy. In addition, your vet may recommend allergy testing to determine the sources of your dog's allergies.