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 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.