Causes of Itchiness in Dogs
The first step to treating an itchy dog is to identify the cause. Common causes are:
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Dust mite allergies
- Atopy or seasonal allergies
- Bacterial infection or allergy
- Fleas, mites or fungus
- Yeast infection or allergy
Treating Your Itchy Dog
When we begin to identify the reason for your dog itchiness, we need to check and rule out several possible causes. Often this involves taking skin samples and blood tests. An elimination diet is also a common test, where your dog is then fed a special prescription diet for several weeks, often introducing one new food at a time and then assessed on their response to this diet. Often it can be one ingredient which a dog is allergic to. Often this is a protein such as chicken, lamb or beef, but could also be a carbohydrate or dietary supplement.
We can help you treat your dog’s itch through:
- Dietary supplements – adding supplements to your dog’s diet can help reduce their itchiness. Fish oil contains Omega-3 fats which helps to reduce the intensity of allergies and skin inflammation. Probiotics help to restore the normal good bacteria in your dog’s gut, helping their immune system to function at an optimal level. This then helps to reduce their itchiness.
- Flea and Parasite Control – flea allergies are incredibly common. Keeping a regular flea maintenance program stops your dog having fleas, which then stops their immune response to these pesky parasites.
- Medication –antihistamines, allergy vaccines, corticosteroids and cyclosporine are common medications used to stop a dog’s itch.
- Shampoos and Lotions –shampoos and lotions specially made to reduce itchy skin work very well as both preventative and reactive treatments for dogs.