Every dog owner wants to keep their dog healthy and happy. Dogs don’t know they’re feeling itchy, so you may not know there is a problem until they start scratching and biting themselves, and it becomes a habit.
Does your dog scratch more than it usually does?
Do they rub their body against furniture or objects? If so, they are suffering from Itchy Dog Syndrome. In most cases, dogs rub their bodies against furniture because of fleas, so it would be a good idea to rub their backs with anti-flea powders. However, there are some other home remedies you can use in order to cure your pooch’s itchiness.
Itchy skin is a lot more common in dogs than you may think and certainly will affect your dog (or usually, in bad cases – all of them) in some way. There are many reasons why your pooch could be suffering from this condition and it can range from something as simple as loose fur to far more serious diseases such as allergies, skin infections, and cancer.
In any case, it’s important to take note of the signs your dog is displaying when they’re itchy and to address the issue as soon as possible. Not only will this help make your dog more comfortable, but it could also save you a lot of money in vet bills down the line.
What can you do?
1. Give your dog a bath
One of the easiest ways to help soothe an itchy dog is to give them a bath. You can either use a gentle shampoo or oatmeal-based bath treatment specifically designed for dogs. This will help wash away any dirt, pollen, or other irritants that may be causing the itching.
If you’re using shampoo, make sure to rinse all of it out thoroughly as any residue left behind could lead to more itching. Also, avoid getting water in their eyes and ears as this could also cause added discomfort.
2. Add some oatmeal
Adding oatmeal to your dog’s diet is another great way of helping to relieve their itchy skin. Oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help soothe irritated skin. There are many different ways you can add oatmeal to your dog’s food, including mixing it in with their regular kibble, making an oatmeal paste, or adding an oatmeal supplement.
3. Try a topical treatment
If your dog’s itching is localized to a certain area, you may want to try using a topical treatment. This could be something as simple as applying a cold pack or ice cubes to the area, using a calamine lotion or oatmeal bath, or applying a topical antihistamine or steroid cream.
4. Check for allergies
Allergies are probably the most common cause of itching in dogs, especially if there’s a long-running pattern to it. Identifying allergies early on is important because they can get worse and become more life-threatening as time goes on. If you suspect your dog may be having an allergic reaction, take them to the vet immediately and ask about allergy testing.
5. Check for mange
If your dog has been suffering from itching that seems to be localized to certain areas, it’s possible they could have canine mange (also known as demodectic mange). This is a type of skin infection caused by mites and can usually be treated with medication or other topical treatments.
6. Keep an eye out for cancer
Other diseases that may cause your dog to scratch constantly include skin cancer, ear infections, arthritis, pancreatitis, and kidney failure. If you notice any of these symptoms in addition to itching (especially if your dog is also losing hair or has black patches on their skin), make sure to take them to the vet immediately.
7. Check for ticks and fleas
If your dog has been outside, they may have picked up some unwanted hitchhikers in the form of ticks or fleas, which can also cause itching. These parasitic bugs tend to live on the skin’s surface and sometimes burrow into their host. This is especially common in the summer months when your dog is more likely to spend time in the great outdoors.
8. Consult with a professional
If you can’t seem to pinpoint the cause of your dog’s itching, it might be time to sit down with a veterinarian and discuss their symptoms in detail. There are many different conditions that may not be immediately apparent which could be causing your dog to itch. Once the vet has a better idea of what’s going on, they can make a more informed diagnosis and prescribe any necessary treatment or medication.
If you’re noticing that your dog is scratching a lot more than usual, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Not only will this help make your dog more comfortable, but it could also save you a lot of money in vet bills down the line.
Here are some tips on how to soothe an itchy dog:
1. To alleviate itchiness, try applying a thin coat of petroleum jelly or olive oil to the affected areas.
2. Rub diluted apple cider vinegar into your pup’s skin to soothe itchy, dry skin.
3. Apply a thin coat of coconut oil to the skin to keep the skin hydrated and moisture-rich. For dry and itchy skin, use coconut oil as it is useful in relieving the itching effect. Coconut oil can also be added to the dog’s food
4. Give the dogs warm baths during this season. Use mild soap like Dove. Add a teaspoon of Avon cream to the bathwater. Dry the dogs well and do not rub their skin too hard after bathing.
5. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of water and then add a teaspoon of natural mineral oil. The dogs can be bathed in this solution.
6. Get the vet to prescribe anti-itch drugs for the dogs. There are also other natural remedies for dogs including baking soda and sunflower oil which can be used to relieve itchiness.
7. If the dog’s scratching is due to fleas, get a good quality flea treatment and use it regularly. Tick collars are also very effective in controlling ticks.
8. Check the dog’s bedding and furniture for any signs of infestation and treat them accordingly.
9. Trim the dog’s hair around the affected areas to help keep the skin cool and dry.
10. Make sure your dog has plenty of clean, fresh water to drink and try to limit their exposure to dust and pollen.
What can do you to make your dog less itchy?
This isn’t a complicated task and can be handled quite easily with the right remedy or products. First of all, you should understand that when a pet is itchy, it usually means that there’s an itch-causing substance somewhere. Unnecessary itching can lead to biting and more damage to your pet’s skin, so you need to deal with it as fast as possible.
Sometimes fleas and ticks are to blame for the excessive itching. Your pet will have a hard time resisting the urge to scratch if such parasites have made a comfortable home on its body. You can easily kill ticks and fleas and prevent them from attacking your dog again.
Are there any over-the-counter medicines?
Ask your vet for anti-itch medications. The vet may prescribe Cyclosporin A or Hydrocortisone, with antihistamines.
Really, the best treatment for an itchy dog is to spend time and effort to find and eradicate the cause of the itch and then to address the itch and scratching that’s leftover.