Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can have a major impact on a pets quality of life and, where possible, we must alleviate the stress and suffering that it can cause.

The most common causes are:

  • Allergic dermatitis (usually due to pollens, less commonly because of food)
  • Fleas and other parasites
  • Contact allergies – this could be anything, but commonly grass

The first thing to ensure is that a suitable flea and mite treatment product has been given to your dog within the last 4 weeks. It is not always possible to see fleas, and it can take only 1 flea bite to set off a bad skin reaction.

When your dog has had suitable flea and mite treatment, but is still scratching, they will need to be assessed by a vet, as they most likely have allergic dermatitis (Atopy).

Sometimes itchiness is a one off problem requiring one off treatment, but for some pets itchiness is a lifelong problem which will need ongoing management.

Diagnosing the cause of itchiness may require:

  • Microscope sample examination
  • Skin biopsy
  • Blood testing

Each case is different, so we will tailor what is required for each pet.

Dog scratching its itchy skin

How Can Itchiness Be Managed?

Many of our chronic itch sufferers are managed with a combination of topical treatments and dietary supplements. However, some allergic dermatitis cases – of which we manage many – will require ongoing medical treatment to help them to stay happy and content.