How to help my itchy dog

All dogs love a good scratch, but how do you know when it’s more than just a little tickle? Read on for tips on how to spot excessive scratching, possible causes and how you can help.

1. Spot the signs

Scratching is normal but when it becomes excessive you may have a problem. Dogs can respond to persistent itches in more ways than you think; look out for skin nibbling, paw licking and rubbing up against furniture. It’s also important to note any changes when it comes to your dog’s skin and coat – is it suddenly inflamed or spotty? Flaky or greasy? Any bald patches indicate excessive scratching and hot spots (also known as pyoderma) indicate irritation. Signs your dog’s coat could do with a little extra support include dryness, dullness, split ends and excess moulting.

2. What’s wrong?

The first thing to check for when your dog is itchy is fleas and other pests. A flea-free pet needs to be treated once a month and wormed every three. Dogs can also suffer from environmental allergies and sensitivities like pollen or perhaps a particular cleaning product you use.
The biggest cause of skin sensitivity is your dog’s diet. Dog’s can be sensitive to lots of different ingredients so it may be time to switch your dog to a hypoallergenic or LID diet, you can read more about choosing the right dog food here.

3. How to help

Once you know what’s bothering your poor pooch, there are lots of ways to help. You can avoid environmental triggers where possible, but also using a supplement like Yumega Dog Skin & Coat Supplement can help boost their defences. If the issue is your pet’s diet then the first step is to speak to your vet, it may be that your pet needs a veterinary prescribed diet. Avoid bathing your dog too much and use a coat booster to promote hair growth and healthy skin.

 

 

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