The best dog shampoos for itchy skin

The best dog shampoos for itchy skin

If your dog is dealing with itchy skin, finding the right dog shampoo can make a world of difference. 

Itching in dogs can develop due to multiple reasons. However, the most common cause is dermatitis which can be triggered by infections (bacterial or yeast infections) and allergies.

Itchy skin can also be caused by insect bites or chemicals and irritants found in some pet shampoos & conditioners.


Humans with allergies tend to get watery eyes, a runny nose and a serious case of sneezes. But dogs with allergies often present through itchy skin.

Atopic dermatitis is a type of allergy triggered by environmental factors such as pollens, dust mites or smoke. These allergens will cause your dog’s immune system to overreact.

Food allergies occur when your pup’s immune system reacts to something in its food. This could be anything from protein and wheat to preservatives or soy.

Whatever allergy your dog is suffering from, your vet can help you determine the cause.

Consider your dogs diet

A diet rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids may help common skin issues. Hemp Seed Oil is high in antioxidants and omegas 3, 6 and 9. Compliment your dog’s diet with healthy treats full of omega oils and healthy fats.

Try Healthy Active Pet Salmon Bellies  - packed full of omega 3 fatty acids.

Salmon Bellies Freeze Dried Dog Food Treat – Healthy Active Pet 

We know it is hard when you have a sensitive dog, so we have summarised our top 10 tips for supporting your sensitive dog’s health. 

Sensitive Dogs

  1. Check for fleas or other undesirable critters, like mites
  2. Work out if something around the house or garden is causing a reaction, like a cleaning product or a plant
  3. Find a vet that supports your wishes to avoid processed food and medication where possible
  4. Switch to a fresh food diet and remove processed food and treats
  5. Conduct an elimination diet to determine if a food allergy or intolerance is present
  6. Focus on healing the underlying causes of sensitivities, not just the symptoms
  7. Take steps to support the health of the gut 
  8. Reduce your dog’s exposure to chemicals like weed killers and fragrances 
  9. Consider titre testing to check for immunity rather than giving annual vaccines
  10. Be patient; healing can take time  

(You can also check our sensitive dog food recipe book here)

The best dog shampoos for itchy skin 

Whether it’s sensitive skin, allergies, or general itchiness, these dog shampoos should help provide relief. 

Here are some of the best dog shampoos for itchy skin, based on customer reviews, veterinarian recommendations, and ingredient quality:

Melanie Newman Everyday Dog Shampoo: 5 stars. 

This gentle formula is designed for frequent washes, has a fresh smell, and is pH balanced. It soothes and moisturizes the skin, making it perfect for multi-dog households.

"Absolutely love the shampoo and the fragrance. My dogs look fantastic."

"Great clean and silky finish. The shampoo cleans well, smells great. Conditioner leaves hair silky. I used on long coats."

Melanie Newman Natural Dog Shampoo Collection 

Paw by Blackmores Dog Shampoo: 4.8 stars. 

Sulphate-free and suitable for dogs, cats, and horses, this shampoo is pH balanced and works well for all skin types. It’s a great choice for multi-pet households.

"Nice shampoo for itchy dog. My dog itched after shampooing with the other brand and I decided to try this one out. It smells nice and my dog did not itch at all! Will buy again."

"Great for dogs with skin irritation. Have been using this shampoo on our staffy for 5 years. Good price and keeps skin condition under control."

Natural & Gentle - Grooming Products for Pets - PAW by Blackmores

Vet's Best Allergy Itch Relief Dog Shampoo: 4.2 stars. 

This shampoo is formulated with natural ingredients like oatmeal, tea tree oil, and aloe vera to soothe itchy skin and allergies. 

"As a pet owner, I always want the best for my furry friend. After doing extensive research on dog shampoos for allergy relief, I stumbled upon the Vet's Best Allergy Itch Relief Dog Shampoo. And let me tell you, it has been a game-changer! This shampoo is not your ordinary product, it's a superhero in a bottle."

"I would highly recommend this product to any dog owner dealing with seasonal allergies. From the moment I opened the bottle, I was greeted with a pleasing scent that instantly made bath time more enjoyable for both me and my furry friend. The natural ingredients gave me peace of mind, knowing that I was using a product that was safe and gentle on my dog's skin. But what truly impressed me was how this shampoo soothed my dog's itchy skin and provided immediate relief."

TropiClean Oatmeal & Tea Tree Pet Shampoo: 4.6 stars. 

TropiClean Oatmeal & Tea Tree contains tea tree oil which is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it effective for soothing itchy and irritated skin. 

"I’ve been using this for about 3-4 years my dog has really sensitive skin and tends to chew her hair out. This helps and leaves her coat super shiny and if you bathe your dog at least every 2 weeks it’ll repel fleas it also kills fleas on my dogs if they happen to have any.”

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Anicura natural dog shampoo 3.8 stars

This dog shampoo from Anicura is a perfect example that a high-quality product can be made with just natural and naturally derived ingredients. This mild shampoo is great for dogs of all skin types, even those with sensitive or flaky skin.

"I have tried many remedies for itchy skin but have found Anicure the best product yet." 

"We have tried lots of different itch cream on our Shih tzu but nothing seems to have worked until we tried this one. It is brilliant."

Fido’s dog shampoo 4.8 stars

Fidos OATMEAL SHAMPOO contains 2% colloidal oatmeal to gently clean, moisturise and sooth skin and coat.

Especially developed for dogs and cats with irritable, sensitive skin, or skin that flares up or goes red after bathing. 

"What a wonderful company to deal with, they go out of their way to make sure you are happy. they have a great range of products at terrific prices, highly recommend."

Fido's Pet Care Products 

Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before trying a new shampoo, especially if your dog has any existing skin conditions or allergies. 

Additionally, it's essential to choose products that are specifically formulated for dogs, as human shampoos can be too harsh for their skin.

And if your dog is allergic to chicken - see our chicken free freeze dried dog food here

(You can also check our sensitive dog food recipe book here)

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