How to help your dog's itchy skin

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What causes itchy skin and how can you treat it? Dr Katrina Warren shares some handy tips on how you can help stop the scratch!

Dr Katrina Warren shares some handy tips on how to help your dog's itchy skin:

1. What causes itchy skin? Feas, ticks, food intolerances and allergies are the most common causes

2. Consult your vet to diagnose the problem and develop an 'itchy dog' treatment plan

3. The treatment plan may include:

     a) Flea treatments - keep your flea treatment up to date

     b) An elimination diet developed by your vet if you suspect food intolerances

     c) Rinse paws after walks to remove allergens such as grass and pollens

     d) Maintain the skin barrier using a gentle sulfate-free shampoo

     e) Condition the coat and skin after shampooing to rehydrate and moisturise the skin

     f) Groom your dog daily to help remove dirt and allergens

      g) Provide a diet rich in Omega fatty acids or consider a supplement that can be taken orally or as a spot-on treatment.

If your pet is consistently showing symptoms of skin issues, seek advice from your vet.

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