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Your Dog's Skin

Itchy skin

Soothe that itch

What's going on?

Excessive scratching, licking and chewing behaviors can have a variety of causes. 


There are many causes for itching. One of the most common and easily remedied cause is an external parasite infestation. Fleas, ticks, mites and other external parasites can bite at the dog's skin causing an irritation. Flea allergies are very common in dogs.

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

  • Environment: grass, pollen, dust mites, household or garden chemicals
  • External Parasites: fleas, mosquitoes, ticks
  • Food:  protein sources

Excessive bacteria, fungi and yeast can also make dogs miserable. 

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


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

These behaviors can lead to rashes, hair loss or self-inflicted lesions. This, in turn, can become infected with bacteria and exacerbate the problem.

Your veterinarian will focus on identifying and treating the underlying cause. Routine cleaning and care of the skin will help your dog feel more comfortable.

6 tips to soothe itchy skin

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

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify and treat the problem.                                                                                                                                                   
  2. Help control the skin condition by using a high-quality shampoo, mousse or micro-emulsion spray to soothe the irritation and to help restore the skin barrier's ecosystem.
  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 dog free from external parasites by using a high-quality product such as Vectra 3D® to repel and kill fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other external parasites.  
  5. Feed your pet a high-quality, balanced diet. Supplement with essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals if it is recommended by your veterinarian. Sometimes, your veterinarian may prescribe a special diet.
  6. Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to monitor your dog's skin condition. Use the scorecard below to monitor your dog's improvements. Download the scorecard here!

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