One of the biggest issues any dog owner can face, is when your dog starts itching and won’t stop. It can truly be a very frustrating problem for both a dog and their owner. The problem can start and sometimes stop after only a few days. But, it can also carry one for weeks on end if nothing is done about it.
The cause of the problems can range from very mild to, health problems that need to be checked by your vet. Whatever the cause, it’s best not to ever ignore your dog when the itching starts.
Far too many dog owners ignore their dog until it’s too late and the problem has grown much larger.
Allergies Can Be The Cause
Allergies can be the number 1 cause your dog starts itching and scratching. But, the big problem is trying to figure out what exactly is causing the issue and what is the allergy that sets your dog off. Some of these issues can be from dust, pollen, grass, food, diseases and a whole host of many other things.
Even food can cause your dog to lose their hair.
So let’s explore some ways to alleviate the problem of your dog itching and scratching.
Your Dog Needs a Better diet
A good diet can go a long way in helping your dog to relieve itching problems and provide relief from food allergies. Changing your dogs diet should be one of the first things you try when trying to get rid of itching. Many dog foods on the market can cause or make worse issues with scratching.
A quick look at the ingredients of the food you buy can provide a good amount of insight into what you are actually feeding your dog.
One great resource is Dog Food Advisor. This website can help you find better hypoallergenic dog foods. These are the type of foods you will want to try and feed your dog if allergies are the problem.
Below is a video on how to read dog food labels.
Better Flea Control
It seems like fleas are the most common one that cause many problems with your dog. A dog can not only start scratching from fleas but they can cause your dog to break out in a rash and even cause bleeding.
Finding a good natural flea spray can go a long way in helping to relieve the problem. You might also want to look at your home. Some homes have more fleas than others and many times the homeowners have no idea they are infested with fleas. Take a proactive approach to flea control in trying to prevent the problem instead of trying to get rid of the problem after it happens.
For a full U.S. flea and tick season map click here.
Talk to your veterinarian, they have many options in helping you control fleas. Many times a pill that is given once a month will suffice.
This is especially true during the summer months when flea and allergy seasons are in full force. Many dogs that scratch around these times of the year is from being outside. Your dog may roll around in the grass all day long and then when you call them in, they have grass all over them. Many vets now know many of these allergies are caused by the pollen still being on your dog when they are back in the house.
A regular bathing schedule can go a long way in helping keep your pet healthy and happy from outside allergies. During none allergy times of the year a bath once a week is ok. But, during allergy season, twice a week may be needed with a good oatmeal shampoo to help keep your dog free of allergens in their fur.
this of-course is something you want to talk to your vet about. But just like in humans dogs also can have major flareups during the allergy season which can be helped by Benadryl. Bullymax has a great article on how to give your dog benadryl. Vitamin C can also work as a small natural antihistamine as well.
When a dog itches it is caused by their mass cells on their body. These are the cells that release histamines. Dogs have many more of these cells all over their body, much more than humans do. So, when they start scratching they will start to itch more.
More Natural Remedies
Baking soda which is most likely in your house can help with your dogs itching. It can be mixed with water, which will form a paste like substance. Then, all you do is apply to the itchy area’s of your dogs skin and leave on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash off. You can also make a spray out of the banking soda. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and then pour into a spray bottle. Then just spray the area’s of your dogs body that they are itching the most.
Aloe Vera is also a natural reliever in these situations as well. The natural plant is best over any store bought remedy. The natural plant has enzymes that are active for only about three days after you cut the plant. Most of these enzymes cannot be found in store bought products.
Coconut oil can also be rubbed on your dogs skin as an allergy relief.
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