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15 Instant and Easy Home Remedies for Dog’s Itchy Skin that Stop the Itch - eHome Remedies
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Brush your dog every day – Who knew that something so simple and basic as brushing your dog’s coat could help to control and eliminate itchy and irritated skin. When his skin is itchy, inflammatory blood cells and chemical compounds such as histamine and prostaglandins accumulate in the affected area. These are all responsible for the reddening and inflammation that causes the itch. Read more about how
This home remedy can be given to your dog each day, even after the itchy skin has cleared up.
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Dogs with itchy skin, officially referred to as , are a very common sight in the clinic. In fact, dog itching is the primary complaint associated with up to 40% of all vet visits for a skin problem. Persistent scratching can consume a dog’s life, keeping both the pet and the owner up all night. Those who have suffered alongside their itchy dog are well versed in the sounds of a dog going to town on his own leg in the middle of the night. In addition to feeling miserable, itchy dogs can develop secondary skin lesions, infections, and hair loss from the trauma of teeth and nails on their skin.Or Allergies?
Another common cause of itchy skin is allergies. Allergies may make your dog’s skin dry, greasy, or slightly dry and oily, and are accompanied by frequent scratching, licking or chewing. We are seeing significantly more cases of allergic dogs than we have in the past; many veterinarians believe that we are experiencing an “allergy epidemic.” While the reasons for this allergy epidemic are uncertain, some of the theories put forth include the aggressive vaccination protocols that many dogs have been subjected to, poor breeding practices and the feeding of processed pet foods.So what causes a dog to itch? Allergies are a very common cause of itchy skin, and can be further divided into three major categories: fleas, environment, and food. While flea bites cause a transient irritation to both pets and people, dogs with a true are hypersensitive. One bite can be enough to trigger a bout of chewing and scratching. Fleas can be a challenge to manage, requiring treatment of all household pets as well as the environment, but the good news is once the fleas are under control, so is the itching.Other common causes of pruritus (itchy skin) are external parasites such as and fleas (in non-allergic dogs), and primary bacterial infections. , or moist , are often seen in the dog and can spread very quickly. If you spot any red, sticky sores on your dog, get him evaluated before it worsens.Treating , or itching, can be difficult since any number of things can cause it. Food allergies, seasonal allergies, fleas, ticks, , and skin infections are just a few of the culprits. To complicate things further, more than one thing could be making your pooch itchy. If you notice lesions on your dog’s skin or the itching is out of control, make an appointment with your veterinarian.Skin disease is one of the most common reasons why dogs visit their veterinarian, and it certainly comes in all shapes and sizes! Despite the variety of skin diseases, however, itchiness is a sign that is common to many of them. If you are someone who prefers to take a more natural approach to therapy, or even if you are caught short with an itchy dog and the veterinarian’s office is closed, there are various home remedies that you can use to help provide your dog with some relief.