What’s Best for My Pet’s Itchy Skin?

Uncomfortable, itchy skin is a common problem in pets, and can lead to painful hot spots. It is important to determine and treat the cause of your pet’s itchy skin; however, there are topical sprays that provide relief to your pet by soothing your pet’s inflamed skin and lessen the itching.

When selecting the best topical spray, many pet parents have trouble deciding between a product such as Be Soothed Tea Tree Oil Skin Relief and Excel Hydrocortisone Spray.  Both of these products are available in a spray and shampoo version, and both relieve pain and itching. What’s the difference between these two medications?

Be Soothed Tea Tree Oil Skin Relief: This product is for use on dogs or puppies over 8 weeks of age, and cannot be used on cats. This spray uses the healing power of tea tree oil, and relieves pain and itching of your dog’s skin. Properly diluted such as in this spray version, tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-fungal, and also has anti-inflammatory benefits. Tea tree oil has curative properties and is effective for a wide range of skin disorders.

To use this spray, gently wash the area of irritation with a mild shampoo. Trim your dog’s fur in the affected area if the fur is long, and mist until skin is visibly moist.  You can apply twice per day.

Excel Hydrocortisone Spray: This spray can be used on dogs, puppies, cats or kittens. This product contains Aloe Vera which helps soothe irritated skin, and hydrocortisone which relieves itching. While this product does not have the antiseptic or anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil, it is safe and gentle and provides effective itch relief.  To use, simply spray directly onto the affected skin, but do not use more than 3 to 4 times per day.

If your pet’s skin irritation persists or worsens, be sure to consult your veterinarian for advice.

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