How to Treat a Dog with Chronic Itching

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Chronic itching upsets you and your dog. Some of the causes of itching are fleas, stress, dermatitis and allergies to food or something in the environment. Whatever the cause, there are simple ways to help your dog feel better.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Supplements
  • Medication
  • Food

Bathe with oatmeal shampoo. The oatmeal is soothing to the skin. Make sure to use cool or lukewarm water because hot water can irritate the skin. Leave the shampoo on for about 10 minutes and rinse. Oatmeal shampoo can be found at any pet supply store or online.

Give fish/flax oil supplements to your dog. These supplements contain Omega-3, which helps with inflammation. There are products made just for dogs and can be bought at any local pet supply store or online. Follow the dosing on the package.

Talk with your vet about prescription or non-prescription antihistamines. Benadryl is a common over-the-counter product and can be bought at any drug store. They calm allergic reactions in the body.

Try eliminating different foods for two weeks. Some of the most common foods dogs are allergic to are corn, wheat, dairy products, pork, turkey and chicken. Eliminate one for two weeks and see if symptoms subside. Keep trying each one until you find the culprit.

Look for environmental causes for scratching. Consider medications your dog may be taking, flea products, carpet powders, pest control products, lawn care products and shampoos you use on your pet.

Tips & Warnings

  • If all attempts above fail, see your vet. The vet can run a blood test to determine which food allergies your dog has and whether your dog has fleas or some other medical condition that causes the itching.

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