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As the weather heats up, it is regarded as one of the most uncomfortable times of year for our furbabies. Itching in dogs can lead to troublesome skin conditions such as heat spots and fur loss.

Allergies, dermatitis and parasites are generally the most common reasons for itching in dogs. You can buy hot spot spray for dogs from your local pet store or online from Evolution Pets – RenuPlex for $27.65.

6 Signs and Symptoms of Itching in Dogs

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Atopic Dermatitis (Canine Atopy)

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease which can be chronic. This type of dermatitis is commonly brought on via environmental factors such as grass, dust mites, mould and many other allergens.

Atopic Dermatitis affects approximately 10 percents of all dogs, in particular, poodles (sorry Harley), Labradors and Golden Retrievers.
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Treatment

Wash your Dog – Regular washing can help remove the environmental allergens from your dog’s fur.

Fish Oil – Fish oil has many benefits and may help reduce the itching in dogs and also has anti-inflammatory benefits. Read more about Fish Oil for Dogs.

Topical Treatment – Your veterinarian may prescribe a topical treatment that will help soothe your itchy dog.

Vacuum – If your dog comes inside then be sure to vacuum regularly, and this also includes vacuuming their bed.

Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) and Parasites

Flea allergy dermatitis is one of the most common inflammatory skin conditions. Dermatitis is the result of damaged skin which allows for bacteria to infect the area or wound.

This occurs when dogs a flea bites your dog’s skin and injects their saliva.

Dogs that are susceptible to this type of allergies will show signs very quickly which can cause other skin issues. Parasites such as mites can cause severe itching in dogs which can lead to infection.

Treatment

Flea Prevention – Using monthly treatments such as Advantix will help to eliminate the fleas and kill them in their tracts. If you have a flea infestation, it can take several months to have the fleas eradicated.

Flea Shampoo – Using a Flea shampoo will help to maintain a flea-less dog when using in conjunction with a topical treatment.
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Food Allergy

Commonly one of the first questions your veterinarian will ask you is if you’ve changed your dog’s diet. Food allergies are due to your dog’s genetic predisposition to respond unkindly to specific foods, or it’s ingredients.

Most types of grocery dog food (highly processed) comprise of carbohydrates and a meat protein, so if you have changed dog food from the grocery store, it may not make any difference.

Treatment

Premium Food – Consider changing to a high-grade dog food that has more natural ingredients.

Common Triggers – Wheat and corn products in dog food.

Fear and Anxiety

Many dogs who suffer from fear and anxiety can become destructive of their skin.
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Treatment

Safe Environment – Do you know where the fear and anxiety is coming from? For example; many dogs are scared of storms and may start scratching at their skin. Providing a safe and calm environment for your dog to relax when the storm hits will help calm your dog’s nerves.

Also Related: 10 Tips to Calm Your Dog During Thunderstorms and Fireworks

Pain

If your dog is in pain, you may find him scratching at the area to get try and get some relief. Back and hip pain are common factors to consider.

Also Related: 6 Common Signs your Dog is in Pain

Treatment

Check your Dog – Check the area where your dog is scratching and feel for any abrasions or lumps. If you can clearly see your dog is in pain, take him to your vet clinic immediately.

Medications

If your dog is on medication, some side effects can be itching. Medication and itching in dogs are common, speak to your veterinarian as there may be an alternative medication that your dog may be able to take. Other drug reactions can cause inflammation which can also cause itching in dogs.
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Treatment

Alternative – Speak to veterinarian in regards to alternative medication.

Topical Treatment – Unfortunately sometimes certain medications are unable to be substituted and your veterinarian may suggest a topical treatment or spray to help with the itching.

Over to you: What preventative measures do you take when it comes to itching in dogs?

Hugs,

Gina & Harley

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