Stopping The Itch
August 18, 2021
Apart from fleas, the most common causes of that make your dog scratch are generally related to coat maintenance.
Grooming is your first defense against persistent itching.
Most dogs itchiness is caused by pollens, dirt, mats, and dander that stay on your dogs coat. If left long enough they can start to irritate your dogs skin, causing them to chew and bite at the spot. The best policy for an itchy dog is to brush it on a daily basis. Brushing your dog just once a day will help prevent the build-up that can lead to itching problems. Not only will you be preventing a bout of itching, your dog will love the time spent with their favourite person.
Bathing your dog is an excellent way to prevent your dog from developing an itching problem, but over washing your dog can also have the opposite affect. Too much water and shampoo can strip your dog of the oils that are naturally found on the their skin. When these natural oils are stripped away the dog’s skin dries out and becomes more prone to infections. Dry skin in dogs is just as painful and itchy to a dog as it is to a human that suffers from a similar condition, and dogs cannot rub lotion into themselves to correct the problem.
If, despite your best efforts, your dog continues to scratch you should consult your veterinarian.