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Itching or Scratching

Urgency level: Low priority

Monitor your dog at home and contact your family veterinary practice if the situation doesn’t improve

What to do next

Monitor your dog at home and prevent your dog from scratching

  • Your dog does not require immediate veterinary attention, however, you should contact your family veterinary hospital if your dog develops any of the following:
    • Damaged/inflamed skin from scratching
    • Evidence of fleas
    • If the itching and scratching becomes excessive and prolonged
    • If your dog is scratching a lot, put a cone/socks on them to prevent them from traumatizing their skin
  • If you have any parasite prevention from your vet, apply it to cross fleas off the list
  • Antihistamines can be effective for alleviating itching in some dogs, but contact your vet first for the correct dose


Why it’s lower priority

Mild cases of itching can sometimes be resolved with home management

  • Based on what you’ve selected, your dog’s itching/scratching may resolve on their own with home management.
  • There are a number of causes for itching/scratching, including allergies, parasites, and skin infections.
  • Due to the wide variety of causes, there are a number of home remedies you can try at home that are helpful for mild cases of itching and scratching (but aren’t as effective for more severe conditions, so check with your vet first if the situation gets worse).


Home care tips

Try adding omega 3 to your dog’s diet and bathing them

  • Add omega-3 to your dog’s diet, but not too much or it can cause diarrhea
  • Give your dog a bath using cool water and an aloe and oatmeal pet shampoo. Generally speaking, you only want to bathe your dog once a month, as frequent bathing will strip their skin of oils and may make the itching worse.
  • Learn more about excessive itching and scratching in dogs


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