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Help relieve your dog's itchy skin

5 step action plan

Tackle a problem that all dog owners will recognise – itchy skin.

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An itchy dog is an unhappy dog – and they’ll have an unhappy owner too! Excessive scratching, licking and biting is enough to drive the whole family up the wall.

“Itchy skin is a very common presentation amongst dogs brought to vet clinics,” says veterinarian Sarah Howard. “In one survey in the UK, over 20 per cent of dogs were brought to the vet for a skin complaint and 30–40 per cent of those cases experienced itchiness as a major symptom.”

So how can you get relief for your pup? As you move through the action plan we’ll identify some key causes of itchy skin, show you how to recognise them and give you tips on what to do.

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Time to complete

  • 1 weeks

Benefits

  • Identify common causes of itchy skin
  • Reduce excessive scratching and biting
  • Treat or prevent environmental and food allergies
  • Prevent secondary infections
  • Improve overall skin condition

Actions

Put the bite on fleas and insects

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Put the bite on fleas and insects

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When owners see their dog scratching, their first thought is often that they have fleas. Learn how to recognise the signs of fleas on your dog, the importance of maintaining a preventative routine and how to treat an outbreak. You’ll also learn about some other types of insect that could be bothering your pup.

Allergies and the environment

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Allergies and the environment

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Just like people, many dogs can suffer from allergies caused by things like grass, pollen, dust or mould. Unfortunately, these aren't curable but there are lots of ways you can improve your dog’s skin health using special shampoo and conditioner, supplementing with fatty acids, removing allergens from your home and possibly giving prescribed medications.

Is your dog’s diet to blame?

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Is your dog’s diet to blame?

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All that itching could be coming from the inside. Food allergies are relatively common in dogs and they can be allergic to things you wouldn’t expect, like beef and chicken. Identify the symptoms, try a strict elimination diet and develop a new meal plan for your sensitive pal.

Why some breeds are born to scratch

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Why some breeds are born to scratch

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Did you know genetics could be contributing to that incessant itching? Some dogs are more prone to developing skin diseases. Luckily, there are ways you can soothe their skin, build up their skin’s resilience and break the itch cycle.

Why some breeds are born to scratch

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Why some breeds are born to scratch

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Sometimes, there can be a more serious reason your dog is so uncomfortable. There are a number of infections and diseases that could be causing the itch. The good news is, they are generally easily treatable. Identify when it’s time to head for the vet and get things under control.