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How to Help an Itchy Dog

There are lots of reasons your dog may be itching, from food allergies to fleas and everything in between. The most important, and often most challenging thing to do is find out what is causing your dog to itch. Once you know, the best management and treatment can be provided. There are of course occasions when the cause can’t be identified so managing the itching becomes trial and error.

itchy dog

If you have an itchy dog always consult your veterinary surgeon. It could be behavioural itching, such as stress or anxiety (this is often accompanied with excessive licking) or it could be physical, such as an allergic reaction. Some dogs may even be itching as a result of both behavioural and physical cues. Itching in dogs can include licking, nibbling, chewing, rolling, face rubbing and scratching with their paws.

Excessive itching can lead to skin damage which could then become inflamed and infected. Your vet will thoroughly check your dog's skin, including more hidden areas such as in the ears and between the toes.

contact your vet if your dog is itchy

What are some of the causes for an itchy dog?

Skins issues are a common reason for owners to seek veterinary advice. Dermatitis (itching and skin inflammation) in dogs could be caused by:

  • Seasonal allergies (e.g. pollens, mould)
  • Food allergies
  • Sarcoptic mange (mites)
  • Flea allergies
  • Contact with things in the home (e.g. washing detergent, shampoo, air fresheners, scented candles)
  • An underlying disease (e.g. ringworm, Cushing’s disease)


What are the symptoms of dermatitis/skin issues in dogs?

Symptoms vary and may include all, one or a combination of the following:

  • Skin redness
  • Skin thickening
  • Itching
  • Scaly or flaky skin
  • Dark colour (grey/black)
  • Fur loss (alopecia)
  • Unusual odour
  • Excessively oily skin
  • Self-trauma from licking, chewing and scratching
  • Raised bumps
  • Crusts

itchy dog with hair loss

What can the vet do to help?

Your vet may prescribe topical treatments (such as shampoos or creams), antihistamines, steroids or other medications and therapies. Management may include dietary changes, supplements, environmental control and flea control.


Are some dogs more likely to itch?

Certain dog breeds are more prone to skin issues. For example, French Bulldogs and West Highland White Terriers often have food allergy issues. Allergies usually present themselves in the dogs early years (around 1-3 years) but can occur later.


food allergies can cause itching in dogs

What are the top five tips for helping an itchy dog?

  1. Contact your vet
  2. Try using toys to distract them from itching
  3. Monitor your dog’s itching to try and link to possible causes
  4. Make a note of any recent changes to your dog’s diet or environment
  5. Try a soothing supplement such as TurmerItch™ for Dogs


What is TurmerItch for Dogs?

TurmerItch™ for Dogs is a carefully formulated supplement that soothes to reduce itching, improves skin and coat health, promotes hair re-growth and helps to repel insects.

The succulent salmon triangles are easy to feed as dogs find them irresistible, and thanks to the enhanced bioavailability of all the key ingredients TurmerItch™ for Dogs is highly effective making it the ideal daily coat and skin supplement for your dog.

TurmerItch™ for Dogs was developed and trialled extensively following the success of the equine TurmerItch™ supplement which was launched in autumn 2020.

Dietary components, such as TurmerItch™ for Dogs, can help maintain normal sensory parameters which in turn reduce over response to discomfort and itching. This is particularly relevant to the protective function of the skin. A reduced response to itching will lessen subsequent behavioural responses that can lead to dermal damage.

The high quality ingredients in TurmerItch™ for Dogs include Turmeric, Red Bush Tea, Chamomile, Apple Cider Vinegar, Milk Thistle, Lemongrass, Thyme, Cooked Linseed, Sweet Potato and Salmon.

The tasty Salmon in the grain free hypo-allergenic supplement triangles is MSC sourced from the Pacific Ocean in keeping with the brand’s sustainable ethos. The Turmeric, Thyme and Lemongrass help to repel insects such as ticks and fleas and the other high quality ingredients soothe and support the skin, whilst ensuring bioavailability and antioxidant activity is maximised.

TurmerItch™ for Dogs can also be fed alongside the other products from The Golden Paste Company’s pet range. 

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