An itchy dog can equal an unhappy dog, and we don’t want that for our four-legged friends, do we? Unfortunately, excessive itchiness is a very common problem. There are however a range of ways you can help if your dog has itchy skin. We’re going to share our top tips to help you understand why dogs get itchy skin as well as providing signposts to show the methods you can use to help. Are you ready to take steps to banish the itch? If so, read on…
Why Do Dogs Get Itchy Skin?
It’s perfectly natural for dogs to scratch but noting when this starts to become excessive is key. As well as scratching, excessive licking, and changes to the skin or coat are also key signs your dog might be itchy. The problem is it can be tricky to fix a problem if you don’t know why it’s happening. This is particularly true when trying to help soothe an itchy dog. So, why do dogs have itchy skin? it’s time to pop your detective hat on to help find the culprit behind the itch. Let’s look at some of the prime suspects…
SUSPECT NUMBER ONE: External Allergies (such as grass, household products, etc)
Like many humans, dogs can have sensitivities and allergies to their natural environment. When trying to find out why your dog has itchy skin, understanding what they might be coming into contact with can be a great starting point. Keep your eyes peeled for helpful clues. Where are they itchy? On their paws? If so, it might be something they’re walking on.
Are they particularly itchy after they’ve come into contact with something specific? For example, this could be grass or a blanket when it’s been freshly washed in a new detergent. Are they itchy during a particular time of year? Then it’s possible they may have a seasonal summer allergy due to factors like pollen.
If you think it’s an external factor like these, try limiting your dog’s exposure to them. Trial and error is the key and once you’ve sniffed out the suspect, you’ll know what to avoid in the future. Of course, you can’t always stop your dog from coming into contact with things like grass. So in these cases, try using natural skin remedies for dogs.
SUSPECT NUMBER TWO: Seasonal moulting
Excess moulting can make your dog feel very itchy. All that loose fur tumbling down can be pretty frustrating for dogs. Even those with short coats can still moult a lot too as their new coat comes through. Keeping up a regular grooming regime can help keep this at bay and minimise any itchiness this can cause. It’s also helpful to be particularly mindful during certain times of the year, such as spring and summer, which can cause a big shift in their coats.
Some pet parents prefer their dogs to go to a specialist groomer, especially if they have a particular type of coat that needs professional treatment. Always ensure they are reputable and have the relevant qualifications. Others can manage some grooming from home. If you’re starting a new grooming regime, do so gradually and provide positive reinforcement. This will help ease them into it so they know grooming can be a great experience. Plus it allows you to bond further too. Goodbye itch, hello cuddles and pampering!
SUSPECT NUMBER THREE: Fleas, dust mites and insect bites
Ooh, those pesky critters! They can cause havoc to the skin of our four-legged friends and are a common reason why dogs have itchy skin. This may be a one-off bite from an insect during walkies. You can most often tell this is the case if your dog has itchy skin in one specific spot. Ensuring you have a dog first aid kit at home can be really helpful. If you’re ever unsure how to treat an insect bite or if your dog has an unusual reaction, always contact your veterinary professional.
If fleas or dust mites are the culprits, they can cause severe itchiness in various spots across your dog’s body. Fleas tend to “come out to play” during the summer months. To treat this, there is an assortment of flea treatments available on the market. Decide which is best for your dog and help keep those critters at bay. A product suggestion we have for this is one of our very own natural skin remedies for dogs and we discuss this in more detail towards the end. This dog’s skin supplement might also prove to be useful in the fight against parasites, so keep on reading.
It’s worth noting, as well as treating your dog for fleas, you should ensure your home is treated too. This can be a very important part of the process to eradicate parasites and stop the cycle from reoccurring. As well as using specific anti-flea products, you can also take steps in the fight against fleas and bugs by providing regular clean bedding for your dog. You should wash these at high temperatures.
SUSPECT NUMBER FOUR: Food Allergies
As well as external sources, what they consume can be another reason why your dog has itchy skin. For example, your dog may have dietary sensitivities which can cause issues with their gut. This not only affects them internally but can also show up externally by causing skin conditions. A common culprit for these sensitivities can be grains and chicken. As always, if you change your dog’s diet, do so bit by bit. This is so you can spot any condition changes and stop the food right source in its tracks.
Despite your best detective efforts, we always recommend speaking to a veterinary professional if you’re concerned or unsure about why your dog is itchy.
How Else Can You Help Your Itchy Dog?
So, hopefully now you know more about why dogs have itchy skin and have tracked down the offender causing this problem. But what else can you do? Well, we have some suggestions to help both from the inside and the outside…
Help From The Inside
First up are our licensed Dorwest Garlic and Fenugreek tablets. These have anti-inflammatory compounds – these can be extremely useful when targeting itchy skin. All that scratching and licking can make your dog’s skin very sore and open to minor infections. But thankfully our herbal tablets have wonderful ingredients with antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-viral properties. These provide symptomatic relief of skin conditions and any minor infections caused by them.
For thousands of years, Garlic has been known to provide a hostile environment for parasites like fleas. Whilst it can’t eradicate fleas, it can make your dog less appealing to parasites. Brilliant! This makes Dorwest Garlic and Fenugreek tablets a great natural skin remedy for dogs.
Next up are our Green Releaf® tablets. These contain a combination of natural analgesic, antioxidant, and antihistamine compounds. What’s the result? Well, they help to soothe your dog’s itchy skin and remove toxins from the system.
Pairing these dog skin and coat supplements together is the perfect combination We always recommend using the two products together if you want to maximise the results for your dog. They combine and help nourish and relieve itchy skin from the inside, out.
Help From The Outside:
Looking for direct treatment for any sore spots directly? We have two great suggestions. As mentioned above, a regular grooming regime is a great way of keeping any itchiness at bay. Our Soothe and Calm shampoo for dogs is a great staple to have in your bathroom cupboard. This works thanks to its ingredients of aloe vera, oatmeal, chamomile extract and lavender essential oil and extract. Together these soothe, moisturise, and calm irritations, which is ideal for sensitive skin. This shampoo for dogs also helps to remove excess hair, dust and allergens such as pollen. You can find out more about the power of the Soothe and Calm when you browse online on our website.
Our lovely, newly formulated Skin Balm for dogs is ideal for specific problem areas found on your dog. It works by helping to relieve soreness, dryness, and irritation. This is thanks to natural beeswax, nourishing shea butter and its multitude of natural ingredients. These include:
- Comfrey herb – full of moisturising properties and stimulates skin growth.
- Calendula – softens skin, aids repair and soothes.
- Chamomile – calms tender areas.
Time To Welcome Soft, Calm Skin…
Feeling prepared to help your dog conquer any excessive itching and scratching? Remember, if your dog has itchy skin, our helpful team of advisors are always on hand to answer questions. Together, using our skincare and dog supplements for skin, we can help keep that itch at bay and help your dog feel as happy as possible. From shampoo for dogs to skin and coat supplements, shop the full range of natural skin remedies for dogs on our website.
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