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Itching and Scratching

Itching, scratching, chewing and licking are all normal behaviors for a dog, but if it becomes compulsive or if they hurt themselves in the process, you’ll want to address it with your vet. The good news is that itching and scratching is almost never an emergency.

There are many possible reasons for your dog’s itchiness, so paying attention to the frequency, severity and itchy spots on the body will help your veterinarian form a proper diagnosis. Keeping your dog comfortable with a few veterinarian-approved home remedies can help alleviate some of the itchiness in the meantime.

Pro tips for visiting the veterinarian:

  • Book an appointment with your veterinarian if your dog’s scratching becomes excessive or causes any self-mutilation.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, don’t bathe your dog more than once a month.
  • Use a cone or socks to prevent your dog from causing self-trauma from scratching.
  • If using a home remedy, check with your vet first and test it on a small area of your dog’s skin.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, do not apply remedies to open wounds or sores.

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