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Your Dog's Skin

Itchy skin

Soothe that scratch

What's going on?

Compulsive scratching, licking and chewing behaviours are quite common in dogs and can have a variety of causes. 


There are many causes for itching. One of the most common and easily remedied cause is a parasitic infection. Fleas and other parasites, including mange mites, can bite at the dog's skin causing an irritation. Some dogs actually have an allergy to fleas, which can exacerbate the problem.

In fact, dogs can be allergic to a variety of things, including:

  • grasses,
  • dust mites,
  • pollen and plants
  • household or garden chemicals.

Food allergies can also spark skin reactions. Bacteria and fungal irritants like ringworm and yeast infections can also make dogs miserable.

Consult your vet to get to the root of the irritation. 


The dog is compulsively licking, scratching or chewing at one or more areas of his body. Paws, ears and back are frequent areas of itching.

Sometimes you can see a rash, crusts or hair loss as self-inflicted lesions. the skin can of course be infected by its oral bacteria and then the lesion will become purulent.

Occasionally, the affected area appears as a patch of oozing, reddened skin: a so-called hot spot.

Your vet will focus on identifying and treating the underlying cause, which can be a challenge, and will inform you about supportive skin care of the condition. Clean and care the skin will help your dog to feel comfortable.

6 tips to soothe itchy skin

Providing relief of the irritation and restoring a healthy skin barrier ecosystem are the main goals of supportive care.

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify the problem and treat any underlying condition. Remedies will depend on the diagnosis.
  2. Help control the skin condition by using a high quality shampoo, mousse or micro-emulsion spray to soothe the irritation and to restore the skin barrier's ecosystem. Choose special formulas for irritated, itchy and sensitive skins.
  3. Regularly groom and brush your dog and clean skin folds, ears and between the toes. Rinse with fresh water after a swim. 
  4. Keep your pet free from parasites: treat against fleas, ticks and worms on a regular basis.
  5. Feed your pet a high-quality, balanced diet. Supplement with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals if and as recommended by your vet. Sometimes, your vet may prescribe a special hypoallergenic diet.
  6. Schedule regular check-up consultations with your veterinarian to watch your dog's skin condition. You can also send pictures of your dog to show the evolution.

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