She is scratching herself raw: Baby socks
If your dog has bad allergies and is scratching herself to pieces, try covering her paws with baby socks. Allergies can take a really long time to sort out, and dogs who are itchy will sometimes scratch their skin into ribbons, causing secondary skin infections.
Baby socks in size “0-3 months” with sticky tread on the bottom usually work well. Put them on your dog’s feet and secure them with no-stick vet tape. Your dog will still scratch, but her covered nails won’t cause so much damage.
Baby socks are also helpful for … broken toenails that are healing, older or injured dogs who need traction on slippery floors (remember the sticky tread!), and for dogs that can’t stop reenacting that scene from Risky Business.
If she needs a confidence boost: Thundershirt
We all know that Thundershirts are good for thunderstorms, but these slim-cut tops are also good for helping dogs feel more secure in general. Many dog owners find them helpful for their reactive, anxious, and fearful dogs. So don’t keep the shirt on hold for storms and fireworks. Go on and bust it out for daily dog walks, too.
Thundershirts are also helpful … if your dog needs some help during vet visits, for dogs that get car sick, and for creating a svelte silhouette for dogs who are self-conscious about their muffin top.
They need skin protection: T-shirts
If your dog sunburns easily, try covering him with a t-shirt for some extra skin protection (use sunscreen, too!). If your dog has environmental allergies, consider putting him in a t-shirt for trips outside. When you come home and take off the shirt, you’ll also take off the pollen or other allergens along with it. (Wipe your dog down with a damp cloth, too.)
If your dog is really itchy or has a skin infection, try putting them in a t-shirt to protect their skin from their teeth or nails.
T-shirts are also helpful for … telling people to back off, covering up big nips on mama dogs, and hiding a bad hair day.
Can I put a shirt on my dog instead of a cone?
Do dog clothes help with itching?
A simple T-shirt or form-fitting dog suit made of a light fabric may help control itching. The fabric keeps allergens off the skin and prevents a dog from chewing an irritant into an open sore.
Why is my dog calmer with a shirt on?
Is it OK to put a shirt on my dog?