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Itching in dogs: causes, symptoms and care tips

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Itching is a common skin problem in dogs that quickly becomes a burden for both dog and owner:in. The right therapy is especially important. Find suitable care products for support here.

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Itching is a common problem in dogs and can be very unpleasant for your four-legged friend. There are many signs that can indicate itching, such as constant scratching, licking of the paws or even frequent head shaking.

On this page I have compiled an overview of causes, symptoms, care tips & product recommendations for itching in dogs.

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Recognising itching: How does itching manifest itself in dogs?

Dogs can express itchiness in different ways. For example, if your dog is constantly scratching or licking his paws, this can be an indication of itching. Frequent shaking of the head or so-called sledding with the butt across the floor can also be signs of itching at the anus or in the ears.

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Causes of itching in dogs: Fleas, mites and more

Itching can have many different causes. Common triggers are parasites such as fleas or mites, allergies or skin infections. But hormonal or autoimmune diseases can also cause itching in dogs. An exact diagnosis by the vet is therefore important to find the right treatment for your dog.

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Treatment of itching in dogs: Care tips

If your dog suffers from itching, it is important to clarify the cause at the vet and to treat it specifically. Additional symptomatic therapy that supports the skin from the outside can be useful in many cases. The products recommended on this page can help provide your dog with relief.

When to go to the vet?

  • Persistent itching
  • Persistent reddening of the skin
  • Weeping or purulent skin
  • Skin changes
  • Hair loss
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General questions about itching in your dog

What are the most common causes of itching in dogs?

Itching in dogs can have many causes, including parasite infestations, allergies, skin infections, hormonal or autoimmune diseases. An accurate diagnosis by the vet is therefore important to find the right treatment.

How does itching manifest itself in dogs?

Itching in dogs can manifest itself in many ways and is individual to each dog. Constant scratching or licking of the paws, frequent shaking of the head, pushing against furniture and people or sledging with the butt on the floor can be signs of itching.

How can I give my dog relief from itching?

The treatment of itching depends on the cause. A symptomatic therapy that supports the skin from the outside can be useful in many cases. These include, for example, mineral care sprays, silver sprays, First-Aid balm and special shampoos. An ear cleaner can provide relief for itchy and irritated dog ears.

When do I use the silver cream, when the silver spray and when the First Aid balm?

Silver spray is used for immediate disinfection of scratches, small cuts or abrasions, is painless and "rinses" or cleanses. In case of acute need, the silver spray should therefore always be the first and quick choice.

The silver cream disinfects with microsilver and forms a protective layer on the skin. The silver cream is ideal for use after the silver spray. It brings the skin flora back into balance and supports skin recovery. The contained MICROSILVER (not nano silver!) ensures that the dog's skin can regenerate particularly well under a protective film as silver. This effect - the QUICK RECOVERY EFFICIENCY EFFECT (QRE) - is optimised by the silver, so the skin is protected and regeneration is accelerated at the same time.

The First Aid Balm soothes dry & irritated skin and intensively moisturises it with hyaluron. It is used to care for very dry, flaky or itchy skin and acts like a highly nourishing and moisturising serum. It can be used for long-term care of stressed or irritated skin.

When should I take my dog to the vet because of itching?

If the itching persists or is accompanied by other symptoms such as skin changes or hair loss, a visit to the vet is recommended. Weeping or purulent skin areas should be treated immediately by a veterinarian.

Can I prevent itching in my dog?

A healthy and balanced diet can help support skin health. Regular grooming and avoiding allergens can also help reduce the risk of itching in dogs.

How often should I give my itchy dog a bath?

This is often very individual. Dogs with an allergy to pollen, for example, benefit from frequent bathing during the allergy season to wash the pollen from the coat. However, depending on the cause, a regular bath every 4-6 weeks is recommended to cleanse and soothe the dog's skin. Please make sure to use a shampoo that is specially formulated for the dogs' pH.

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