Although many skin conditions in dogs are more annoying than serious, there are a few itchy skin conditions that really require vet attention, and they need to be treated. Always consult with your veterinarian for his recommendations on treating the dogs itchy skin, and be sure to address any underlying health conditions as necessary.
It is important to address the root causes of a dogs extreme, chronic itching so that open wounds, hot spots, or infections do not develop on his skin. If you leave itchy skin untreated in dogs, this can cause further problems, like hot spots, which are areas of inflamed skin caused by overly biting and licking. Another common cause of itchy skin is allergies, which can leave your dogs skin dry, oily, or a little dry and oily; allergies can be accompanied by frequent scratching, pawlicking, or chewing. Consider using a good dog conditioner known to soothe the skin and coat and relieve itchiness.
Excessive scratching, licking, and itching are all signs your dog may have developed a skin condition called dermatitis. Dogs like to have a good scratch, but overly scratching may be an indication that there is an underlying allergy or skin condition. Dogs whose causes of itching cannot be identified, or in whom treating an underlying medical condition has not eliminated itching, will need to receive veterinary management of pruritus.
Many of the natural remedies for skin problems are healthy and safe for dogs, and they may offer meaningful relief from the itch. While there is not always a quick, simple solution for a dogs health-related issues, these natural ingredients may be helpful for soothing a dogs itchy skin, or they can help prevent skin problems from occurring. If your dog has chronically itchy skin, opt for human-grade foods that contain natural ingredients.
Some commercial dog food products remove healthy oils, which provide healthy skin and shiny coats of hair for your dog. Some commercial dog food processes out the healthy oils that promote healthy skin and coats, and those dehydrating effects may even encourage thirst, which compounds the issue. Also, coconut oil and other fat-rich foods may leave some dogs susceptible to digestive discomfort or pancreatitis if they lick it off of their skin, or they may add unnecessary additional calories to their diet.
If you notice your dogs unusual itchiness lasting longer than a few days, you should schedule an appointment to let your veterinarian diagnose and treat the problem. It is advisable to consider giving your pup frequent baths using a dog-special shampoo and a high-quality dog conditioner that suits the type of skin and coat it has, its skin conditions, and age. These products often help soothe any discomfort associated with dry skin and provide relief from pain and itching, regardless of the root cause.