Why Is My Dog Itching So Much

Dry or Itchy Skin / Licking

Everyone gets a little itchy every now and then, but there could be bigger problems associated from the itching.

Causes:

Allergies – Yes, just like people, dogs can have allergic reactions to allergens in the air along with different foods they consume.

Parasites – Often dormant beneath an itchy skin condition.

Infections – It is important to check your pet’s bothered areas for open sores, wounds or places where they seem to be licking excessively.

 

Symptoms:

If left untreated, these allergies can result in a skin condition called atopic dermatitis, which causes dry skin, itching, redness, and inflammation and can also lead to secondary skin infections. Flea allergy dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to flea saliva, is the most common skin disorder in American.

Other than allergies, parasites and infections are often dormant beneath an itchy skin condition. It is important to check your pet’s bothered areas for open sores, wounds or places where they seem to be licking excessively. Open sores could be a number of things, and should be looked at by a licensed vet as soon as possible before possible infection spreads, or the open wound allows new infection in.

 

Treatments:

Anti Itch Oatmeal Spray for Dogs and Cats (Shelter Helper Recommended) – Apply liberally focusing on the dry and matted areas to provide immediate relief.

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Apple Cider Vinegar – use a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Gently rub on skin to help alleviate itchiness.

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