Of course, all of us get an itch sometimes and need to scratch! But, when it’s your much-loved dog and you keep hearing that jangling of his collar tags as he has a good scratch yet AGAIN, or maybe you notice a bit of a ‘pong’ when you get close, it’s time to take action. There may be many different reasons why your dog is constantly scratching and one of the most obvious things for you to check – is your dog’s flea and tick prevention treatment up to date?
Itching could be an indication of an underlying problem that your Vet may need to investigate as itching is a symptom, not a physical disease, and your Vet will take into consideration the age and breed of your dog, as some breeds do tend to have more problems, as well as what seems to trigger the itching and what areas are affected.
Allergies can also cause itching and, unlike us humans who tend to sneeze or wheeze, your dog will often react with inflamed skin causing almost obsessive scratching, licking, chewing or rubbing their faces or bodies against the furniture! Dogs can be allergic to a whole list of things including pollen and grass, to mould spores and cleaning products and even some pet food ingredients.
But Buddy & Lola are here to help and here’s some ‘tips to end the itch’.
1. Flea & Tick Control - You may not even see them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not bothering your dog as they are a top reason for irritated skin. It’s helpful to wash his bedding regularly and vacuum areas where he likes to lay – to help break the flea lifecycle. Outdoors you could use a spray on specific areas where he likes to play.
2. Bathtime - Yes, we know that though they may love to romp in muddy puddles, many dogs don’t like the bath! But, a regular warm (not too hot or cold) bath with a gentle doggy shampoo will not only wash away any allergens but also help keep his coat in good condition and smelling sweet.
3. Dress him up! – no, we don’t mean ‘fancy dress’ but a clean t-shirt or similar will help stop chewing, leading to more irritation, and also keep some allergens away from his skin.
4. Change his diet – But always check with your Vet first whether your dog has a specific food allergy and for help to find an appropriate speciality food or even home-prepared diet.
5. Introduce a good bacteria into your dog’s diet - key benefits of supporting a healthier digestion include:
- Feeds your dog’s microbiome
- Calms upset tums
- Helps to remove toxins
- Maintains gut health
- Fights flatulence
- Soothes itchy skin
- Improves gut bacteria
- Promotes healthy skin
- Gentle on sensitive stomachs
- Provides daily digestive support