What Can I Do if My Dog Won't Stop Scratching Its Back?

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A dog often scratches because of an underlying condition.
A dog often scratches because of an underlying condition. (Image: Ronja 5 image by Nadine Wendt from Fotolia.com)

If your dog is biting and scratching his back, he may be suffering from a condition known as pruritus. Pruritus occurs when the irritation is so severe that the nerves continue to be inflamed. The problem starts with an underlying condition such as allergies, parasites or skin infections. To stop the scratching, you must determine what exactly is causing the condition and control it. Your veterinarian can help you determine the cause and what to do to control the itch.

Things You'll Need

  • Hypoallergenic shampoo for dogs
  • Antihistamines for dogs
  • Essential fatty Acids for dog
  • Corticosteroids for dogs

Bathe your dog in a hypoallergenic shampoo to help soothe the itching.

When washing, drying and brushing your dog, look for signs of fleas and other parasites. Flea signs includes black dirt-like grains that turn red when exposed to water. Lice infections include white eggs or nits.

Bring your dog to a veterinarian for a full diagnosis. Your veterinarian may prescribe essential fatty acids, antihistamines and corticosteroids to help with the itching. Follow your veterinarian's instructions for treating your dog.

Brush your dog's hair every day and keep his coat free from mats.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your veterinarian recommends essential fatty acids or hypoallergenic food, it will usually take up to six weeks to show improvement.
  • Until you treat the underlying cause of the condition, there is no good way to stop your dog from scratching.

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