Always work with your veterinarian to keep your pet's skin and coat its healthiest. For mild problems, Carlo Vitale, DVM, a board-certified veterinary dermatologist from San Francisco, recommends these skin soothers.
--Oatmeal bath: tames the itch and irritation.
--Witch hazel: acts as a natural astringent for moist hot spots.
--Tea tree oil: doubles as a skin soother and anti-itch aid.
--Black tea: Make a strong brew, let it cool, and put it in a mist bottle. Spray on your pet's coat to dry up moist spots and relieve the itch.