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Itching or Scratching

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP and prevent your dog from further scratching

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • To prevent your dog from hurting themselves, you can put a cone and/or socks on them.
  • Antihistamines can be effective for alleviating itching in some dogs (but contact your vet first for the correct dose)


Why it’s high priority

Your dog’s condition has likely progressed to a point that will not improve without medical treatment

  • Itching and scratching is not an emergency, but based on the symptoms you’ve selected, you should see your regular veterinary practice as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are concerned about include fleas, allergies, and skin infections.


Home care tips

Don’t use home remedies without first consulting your vet

  • If your dog has fleas, you’ll want to restrict the areas they have access to, especially if you have other pets. An effective flea treatment kills the fleas on your dog and in the house. Pet store flea treatments are old products that are not effective at getting rid of the fleas in your home. This means your dog will likely get fleas again. A veterinarian-prescribed flea treatment is your best bet for an effective solution.
  • Do not put any remedy on your dog’s skin without consulting your vet. Given that your dog has damaged their skin, certain remedies can worsen the issue if applied to open wounds.
  • Learn more about excessive itching and scratching in dogs


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Please note that our Symptoms Assessments and Results are intended for informational purposes only, and not a medical diagnosis. Our goal is to help pet owners make an informed decision about if, when and how urgently they need to seek veterinary care. Using our site should not and does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian.