At some point in their lives all dogs have a reason to itch themselves excessively, although sometimes it needs treatment and other times not. Dealing with this depends on the severity of the itching to determine whether it is a treatable condition or if it is just normal everyday dog itching.
All dogs itch themselves at many different intervals throughout the day and this is completely normal. It is only if your dog starts to scratch more harshly or aggressively than before, that you need to check if it is an underlying, as your dog may require some treatment.
Causes of Itching in Dogs
- Allergies – They could be allergens caused by everyday items that your dog comes into contact with or seasonal allergens that only occur at certain times of the year e.g. food to pollen and from dust to soap.
- Parasites – fleas, mites and ticks can all cause considerable discomfort and scratching to our pets, can sometimes be difficult to detect. In this case vacuum all carpets and clean your dog’s bed thoroughly to ensure that all parasites are eradicated.
- Infections – these can be caused by a hormonal imbalance, open wounds or foreign objects enter into your dog’s skin. Once the infection is there it can become very itchy and sometimes lead to hotspots.
- OCD – your dog may be suffering with obsessive compulsive disorder caused by boredom, stress and anxiety, which may be the cause of compulsive itching in your dog.
- Dry skin – if your dog is lacking in vitamins and minerals or if the weather is cold and harsh, he may develop dry and itchy skin.
Treatments for Itching in Dogs
- Allergy- have you changed anything recently e.g. washed your dog’s bed with a different washing powder or changed your dog’s food. Maybe your dog has done something different or been somewhere new where he has rolled around in grass or sniffed something unusual. In order to work out the cause of the allergy you will need to look into any changes.
- If you think your dog has OCD breaking the repetitive habit is the way forward. Keep an eye on your dog and if you notice the habit start, you should distract or entertain your dog or do something else together to change your dogs thought of wanting to scratch.
- Infections on dogs will require medication such as antibiotics, antiseptics or antihistamines, depending on the type of infection present.
- For issues of dry skin on dogs you can give your dog extra supplements such as Omega 3, which will help improve the dry itchy skin, as well as many more benefits that Omega 3 carries.
Whatever the cause of the ‘itchy’ problem, it needs to be identified, so be sure to monitor your dog, excessive itching in dogs is not normal and needs to be diagnosed and treated.