There are many causes of itchy dogs. One of the most common seen and easily treated cause is fleas.
Fleas can cause itch in any dog but its also worth remembering that a smaller number of dogs are allergic to fleas - for these dogs just a single flea can set off an intense itch.
Other common causes for dog's itching are:
- Environmental Allergies
- Food Allergies
- Yeast overgrowth
- Local irritations (e.g. from licking)
Scratching, licking and chewing are all common signs of itch in dogs and can have a variety of causes.
Once the scratching behaviour becomes established ongoing itching of the area can lead to a rash, crusts or hair loss.
The microflora of the skin can be affected by the damage leading to an infection from overgrowth of either bacteria or yeasts.
Occasionally, the affected area appears as a patch of oozing, reddened skin called a hotspot.
Your vet will focus on identifying and treating the underlying cause. Just like when we have itchy skin the use of a specific product to moisturise and soothe the skin can help your pet to feel more comfortable.
We recommend DOUXO® Calm.