My Dog Is Scratching – What Should I Do?

Although all dogs scratch from time to time, some dogs seem to become obsessive about it, which can indicate a problem. If your canine companion seems to be scratching or licking more than usual, there may be a medical cause for their behavior. Read on to discover some of the most common causes of itchy skin in dogs and find out what you can do to help your furry friend stop scratching.

Allergic Reactions

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Allergies are one of the main culprits for why pooches increase their scratching. Food allergies are a common trigger, especially for itchy ears and feet, but environmental factors can also cause a problem. These may include pollen, fungus, mold, or soap. Visit your veterinarian to determine what’s causing your dog’s allergies and begin treatment.


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Fleas, mites, and ticks are another common cause of itchiness among dogs. Sometimes these parasites can cause visible skin problems, such as mange, though these pests are not visible in the early stages. However, your dog can feel them. If your pup has problems with fleas or ticks, talk to your vet about a good preventative program. If your dog already has fleas or mites, you may need to use medicated shampoos and other treatments to get rid of them.

Dry Skin

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Some dogs simply have dry skin, especially during the winter months. If your vet determines that your dog is scratching because of dry skin, adding fatty supplements to your pup’s diet is often the easiest way to stop the problem.

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