What to do with an Itchy Dog

>>  Monday, February 4, 2013

 There are many reasons why a dog may excessively itch, if you are a dog owner you will notice that excessive itching can lead to a very un-happy dog that has skin and a demeanour which is uncomfortable, raw and irritable.

Some dogs will be more likely to itch in some seasons more than others. This could be due to something the dog is allergic too being more extreme than other times of the year.

The cause of the reaction can often be difficult to find, however the dog exasperating the condition by itching the problematic area is an obvious element that is not helping and needs to be controlled. An Elizabethan collar will help prevent a dog from causing themselves further harm however this will not eliminate the discomfort the poor dog is under.

Frequently shampooing the affected area is important, try an oatmeal shampoo as this is known to help, and be careful to use a shampoo that’s not too harsh for tender skin. The shampoo will help to remove any surface allergens that are encouraging the dog to itch more. Oatmeal is a gentle option, which is often used to treat people with eczema.

Certain high protein foods have been known to make allergies flare up and become more extreme. Putting a dog on a strict diet that excludes particular foods can help eliminate the food that is possibly not helping the situation.

There are various dog foods out there that are formulated to help pets with dermatological problems. The Royal Canin derma range is a good place to start. With smaller dogs they provide a variety of chooses; Royal Canin Mini Dermacomfort and their regular feed Royal Canin Mini and for those little dogs which could stand to lose a few pounds Royal Canin Mini Light.

 It can be difficult as an owner to stand by and watch a pet that is obviously un-happy. Some vets will suggest steroids however they are not always that effective and can cause weight gain which leaves you with another problem. Trying a few of the suggestions above may be a good place to start before reverting to more extreme options.



jheylo February 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM  

we dont have pets :( but it's very interesting to know that oatmeal can be a good remedy for eczema :)

Rcel February 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM  

That is one of the reasons why I don't like having dogs as pets. I am not too patient in taking care of them.

United States February 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM  

we can't have a dog in the house since our little princess is allergic to them :( although I used oatmeal before for her eczema...

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