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Why is my Dog Itching and Scratching? The Basics

138 CommentsTuesday, 19 February 2013  |  Kate

Here are a few reasons why your dog might be scratching at its backside and chewing its paws.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and so it is not entirely surprising that skin diseases account for a significant proportion of dogs with allergies and visits to both the doctors and the vets.

There are many conditions that affect the skin of dogs, ranging from flea bites to skin cancer, but what is almost certainly the most important canine skin disease is atopic dermatitis.

Skin allergies are incredibly common in dogs, and whilst most cases are relatively mild and cause only minor irritation, dogs with allergies and dermatitis can cause significant long term suffering to affected animals.

Itchy Dog Scratching Itching Allergies Allergy TreatmentThe most common symptoms of dog allergies in the skin are:

 

  • Itching (or Pruritus as it is known to vets)
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Fur loss and saliva staining
  • Foot chewing
  • And in long-standing cases, secondary symptoms such as the blackening and the thickening of skin.

The main causes of skin allergies in dogs are:

 

  • Atopy (allergies to things that are breathed in - dust, mites, pollen etc.)
  • Food allergies
  • and Contact allergies, including flea, tick and mite allergies.

Atopic allergies are the most common (in my experience they account for at least 70% of cases of allergic dermatitis in dogs) and are caused by allergic reactions to inhaled allergens such as pollen from trees and grass, which tends to be around for a few weeks at a particular time of year.

Other inhaled allergens can be a problem all year round such as mould spores, household dust mites, chemicals on furniture and carpets, indoor air fresheners and fabrics like wool and nylon.

The symptoms of dog allergies tend to be expressed in the skin, licking feet and generalised itching are the classic symptoms of a case of atopic allergy.

Atopy
Atopy is more common in certain breeds, with small breed dogs such as West Highland Terriers being most commonly affected – although all breeds can suffer from this kind of allergy.

Food
The next common cause of skin problems is dog allergies to food. Although these are much less common than many people think and there is much debate over their true prevalence.

There is a general consensus that dog allergies to food and ingredients such as wheat, beef and soya are responsible for a significant number of cases of skin allergies in dogs, but true skin allergies directly caused by food are actually quite uncommon. 

Over 90% of dogs will be lactose intolerant by the age of 12 months so it's best to avoid milk products. 

If you think your dog has allergies to food could be the problem then your first port of call is an elimination diet to find out which food it could be.

Contact Allergies, such as those caused by washing powders, grass and so on, are even less common than food allergies, but do need to be considered in dogs which have unusual patterns of allergies, such as redness only on the belly that has appeared just after their bed has been washed for example.

The good news is that in most cases, the solution to itchy dog skin is simply a matter of ensuring your pet is getting the right nutritional balance, that includes treats too (not always easy with modern complete diets) coupled with effective parasite control.

Over at the Itchy Dog Shop we offer several nutritional supplements and remedies for dogs with allergies to help combat itching and scratching.

Here’s what we recommend:

For all over improved skin and coat condition Yumega Plus is good for soothing itchy and sensitive skin and Resist! works well to reduce the symptoms of dog allergies and aid your dog's recovery back to health.

For treating specific parts of the body like paw chewing or sore underarms Ekoneem Oil is your best bet, simply rub onto the afflicted areas and let the oil work its magic. Also use Ekoneem Organic Neem Oil Shampoo Bar while bathing your dog for continued results.

For getting rid of those unwelcome visitors namely: fleas, ticks and mites Billy No Mates Herbal Treatment is highly recommended by both us and our customers or if you prefer a liquid version there’s Billy No Mates Tincture.


Jerry Francis
Wednesday, 13 August 2014  |  22:15

Just to let you know, the link to this page 'Why is my dog itching and scratching?' is broken on the front page, I had to Google to find it!


Joanne Milton
Sunday, 7 August 2016  |  19:02

Bruno only started doing it yesterday, inside is ear all red do u know what is.thanks


Kate
Monday, 8 August 2016  |  15:11

Hi Joanne

It could be mites, or a fungal problem. Have you been to the vet?

Kate


Paul
Wednesday, 28 December 2016  |  7:24

Yes my dog had mites in his ear I got a spray also to much wax which I wet some toilet roll n clean it that way


Carol McCauley
Friday, 24 October 2014  |  2:29

I just purchased Yumega for my 10 year old Yorkie who has had skin problems itching biting etc and after using Yumega for just 10 days he is a very different dog well recommended and that's with me not hi. The full amount yet as I don't want too upset his tummy I would strongly advise it because I was at my wits end worring about as nothing from the vets seamed to work


Mandy
Wednesday, 20 May 2015  |  14:18

How much did u pay for it, as it may b better to go vet, but if it work,s then ill try first 2


Linda
Saturday, 11 June 2016  |  2:35

Its 17 99 for 250ml or 29 49 for 500ml


Julie Keen
Thursday, 10 December 2015  |  21:31

Where do I get it?


Vincent
Tuesday, 27 June 2017  |  22:02

Where do I buy this treatment.


Ryan
Monday, 10 November 2014  |  15:53

I need help to restore m'y Dogs skin


Kate
Saturday, 15 November 2014  |  20:09

Hi Ryan

Email me, contact@myitchydog.co.uk with your dog's problem.


Patricia Wench
Sunday, 16 November 2014  |  21:45

My Shih Tzu Bitch has lost most of her coat down her back and the skin is black near her tail, she is on steroid tablets and doesn't like Yumega, can you help please ?


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  10:21

Hi Patricia

So sorry for the year long wait for a reply. Just had a shower of blog comments rain on my inbox which got lost in the ether.

You need Skinny Dip shampoo. Wash in, leave on for then minutes. Then some Skinny cream and you will see a big difference in a couple of days.

Best
Kate


Lisa
Monday, 1 December 2014  |  22:57

Overy itching, scratching and licking more so.on private area it's become very red and inflammed could be bedding,shampoo or fleas but not seen any on him.gonna buy a non bio washing powder for bedding need advice on shampoo and flea treatment I've been using bob martin but it's not had great reviews lately he's a bedlington terrier


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  10:45

Hi Lisa

I would always buy flea treatment from the vet or Lintbells who do one. Never from the supermarket.

If you're doing natural then Billy No Mates is by far the best. For the itching and redness use Skinny Shampoo then Skinny Cream.


Louise
Sunday, 11 September 2016  |  16:12

Why is my staff aways biting her toe Nail and aways wanting my food every time I eat there no needs t it she's so greedy she will eat till she's sick and why does she aways scratch her ears and aways wants to hurt them every time there healing up she likes to hurt her self and reopen them she's a mess AV done everything Ivan to help the dog she's well in grateful


amberitchydog
Thursday, 29 September 2016  |  11:10

Hi Louise

Firstly have you taken her to the vet and what does the vet say?

Secondly have you thought that both of you may benefit from a behaviourist?

And thirdly have you asked yourself the difficult question as to whether you really want a dog or not? Dogs are hard work and require lots of time and attention and they take a lot of looking after.

She may have an allergy to something which is why she is itching and chewing, she may be on poor food which is why she is hungry and can also cause skin irritation and she may be bored from lack of stimulation and walks.


Louise
Sunday, 11 September 2016  |  16:13

And she is aways fleed and wormed I only fleed her and wormed her 2 weeks ago if that I find her really annoying most if the time there bad habits she's got how can I stop it all


Jane
Sunday, 11 December 2016  |  14:35

Give her to a loving family


Freddy North
Sunday, 7 December 2014  |  16:03

Hi I have a 6 year old tri cavalier. The last few weeks she is constantly itching just under neck. She does this especially when taking her for a walk. What would you recommend? Thanks


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  10:47

Hi Freddy

I would check for fleas first. If there aren't any then it could be a contact allergy where she's rubbing on something. Use an Ekoneem shampoo bar to wash just that part, it will really take the itch out.


Elaine
Tuesday, 27 January 2015  |  10:39

Hi kate my westie never stops chewing his paws and staining his fur, he also gets sores on his back and belly, he is always on steroids and antibiotics , now my vet has told me to out him on Atopica 50mg but I'm worried about the side effects, he is very precious to us . Do the benifits outweigh the side effects ?


Kate
Tuesday, 27 January 2015  |  17:49

Hi Elaine

Please could we have a chat. It's a common Westie problem but it would be good to get an idea what's going on over the phone. Give us a call Mon-Fri 9-5 on 01903 256373 and we can sort something out I'm sure.


Elizabeth
Sunday, 19 June 2016  |  19:07

My westie is chewing her paws,sometimes side of her tummy . 14 yrs old .


Stephan
Tuesday, 31 March 2015  |  11:21

Hello - has anyone of you used Dermapaw before? Does it work?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpATfd2wMuk


Gwenda Williams
Thursday, 2 April 2015  |  20:47

Where can i buy that yumega stuff .im fostering a 18 month jack russell and he does not stop scratching and biting .although he had cuts on his paws coming to me hes been fleed


Kate
Friday, 3 April 2015  |  20:00

Hi Gwenda

You can get it with us at www.myitchydog.co.uk

Best
Kate


Derek Ashton
Sunday, 10 May 2015  |  17:05

my black lab keeps getting sores between his toes the told me to wash his paws with hibiscrub this only happens around this time of year and never at wintertime


Kate
Monday, 11 May 2015  |  12:11

Hi Derek, it's going to be a seasonal allergy then. Hibiscrub is pretty harsh and it a cure rather than a prevention.

You could try putting Skinny Spray between the toes and on the paws before a walk then washing them after the walk and reapplying the spray. That should be a lot more comfortable for your lab.

Kate


Stacy
Saturday, 13 June 2015  |  1:16

My dog won't stop scratching and it's making the household miserable by breaking our sleep every night. She's a 10 month old French bulldog. We've been to the vets with an outcome of try piriton becaus it could b her hormones but that doesn't seem to have any effect. She's had frontline which I hate as its toxic but I was at my wits end. Her coat is lovely, glossy and smooth as I started the yumega plus but that hasn't touched it. She scratches her armpits, chest and belly (to the extreme). Please does anybody have any suggestions?


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  10:50

Hi Stacy

I would look at diet. What are you feeding her, including treats? If it's kibble I would look at changing it for a good wet food, home cooked or raw. Kibble can cause a lot of itching because of the starch.


Sandra
Sunday, 25 September 2016  |  9:37

My dog is scratching and making himself sore


amberitchydog
Thursday, 29 September 2016  |  11:19

Hi Sandra

This could be due to a number of things.
*Diet
*Allergy to something
*Fleas
*Mites etc

Have a look at Skinny Shampoo & Skinny Spray which will relieve any itch and help get rid of an itch that is caused by something on the skin. Use them in conjunction with each other, the more you use them the more they will work.

Also look at Billy No Mates for fleas, ticks and mites, it is not only a repellent but also helps skin & coat.

Yumega Itchy Dog if you think it could be allergy related and to generally help your dogs skin & coat.

Look at diet, make sure your dog is on a good food, high meat low carb, variety is good.


Charlotte Edmonds
Wednesday, 29 July 2015  |  22:50

Hi Kate
Archie my Norfolk/Jack cross has been an itchy allergic dog since a pup.
He is now 6. It has taken me this long and countless journies through conventional drug based vets to holistic ones to arrive at a happy itch free dog. Not a hint of seasonal itch for the last 18 months.
I have done numerous things but one thing I know beyond doubt has helped immesureably is the Allergy-X biscuits.
I am distraught these are now discontinued. I have trawled the internet to try to find the last supplies.
The new capsules do not work for Arhie at all.
Forget the inconvenience of a capsule compared to a treat but this new formula just doesn't work.
2 weeks in on these Achie is itchy and now the scratching and dreaded paw chewing is starting.
Please can any-one else who came to rely on Allery-X biscuits start a petition to get the company to start making them again. Kate? you will have a loud voice with the supplier, if not can you get the formula and make them yourself?

I cannot say how distresssedI am to see my lovely healthy normal dog decend back to a itchy, weepy, stained and sad dog.

Please if anyone else feels like this can we start asking the company to at least produce both products?
Also, Kate the reviews you have on your excellent site about Allery-X are both about the discontinued biscuits and not the capsules so you should take them down?
Sorry fo the moan but anyone who has lived with a very itchy dog will sympathise.
Charlotte


Kate
Thursday, 30 July 2015  |  12:51

Hi Charlotte

I have had a good long chat with Verm-X about this and the only change which might make a difference is a lack of oils and fats.

All Verm-X did was remove the ingredients and encapsulate the herbs. So the herb mix, which does the job, hasn't changed.

They moved from a biscuit to a capsule because for some reason they couldn't get the biscuits to stay in one piece consistently, hence the change.

So I would keep up with the new capsules, and add a good oil blend like Yumega Plus to compensate for the salmon oil missing. Maybe a little chicken fat once in a while too.

You can also give me a call on 01903 256373 any time. Give me a call and let's chat about diet too. Neem may also help.

Kate


Scott Cullen
Thursday, 6 August 2015  |  18:41

Hi Kate
Our Morkie Alfie seems to have a seasonal allergy. He gets very itchy so scratches a lot and loses fur but also licks around is groin area which makes his skin very red and scabby and has caused it to bleed in the past.

We have taken him to the vets for the usual tests and they have not come up with anything. They put him on steroids when he flares up and told to keep him off the long grass.

We now need to try something else as we are just going around in circles and we hate seeing Alfie suffer.

We would be grateful for any advice.

Many thanks


Kate
Monday, 10 August 2015  |  10:31

Hi Scott

If it's seasonal I would wipe them down after being on grass, I would also apply Skinny Cream to the affected area. It's neem and coconut are really soothing; it will heal and soften the skin and promote hair regrowth.


Peter Kirwan
Tuesday, 25 August 2015  |  22:30

We have 3 shih tzus. Only one has a scratching, licking and itching problem. He has a good coat and only little redness, yet he spends almost all his time aggressively scratching, licking and itching. When the vet put him on steroids, he was great. Even half a small tablet gave him considerable relief. This has now been stopped and we are back to square one. Please help.


Kate
Wednesday, 26 August 2015  |  14:54

Hi Peter

Could be that your one dog just itches as a reaction to something that doesn't bother the others. It could be food. What do you feed them? Or that only one of your dogs gets bitten.

If you would like a chat just call us on the number at the top of this page.

Cheers
Kate


Carol
Sunday, 4 October 2015  |  21:34

Hi peter,
i also have 3dogs but only 1 affected with bad itches especially under tum,and armpits.
drives poor dog mad, we have been using apoquel tablets from vets,which are very good although bit expensive but did work for us.Also last couple weeks ive changed her food to harringtons salmon and potato dried food we get it from sainsburys.,seems to be working, great help to my girl,now only has half apoquel tablet every other day,
worth a try, works for us.


Claire
Thursday, 27 August 2015  |  20:31

Hi

My dog starts itching, scratching and chewing his feet every August. It's only happened the last 3 years or so since we moved to a farm so I'm pretty sure it's seasonal and related to that. The vets have put him on steroids and/or fortnightly anti biotic shots but are almost forcing us to go for allergy testing at 500 by refusing further treatment. What would you suggest? Thanks ps my other dog is completely unaffected.


Kate
Friday, 28 August 2015  |  10:54

Hi Claire

Sounds like harvest mites. Use Skinny Spray every day between the toes and on the feet. Also give them a wash down or a wipe when he comes in from outside. That will do it.


David Birch
Monday, 31 August 2015  |  0:35

Hi
I have a 12 week old staffy who is itching badly, she scratches until very sore, I have a feeling it could be a combination of two things, the treats she has are highly coloured; suggesting high quantities of colouring and additives, also long grass seems to aggrivate her, suggesting allergic to polen. Would you agree/ suggestions.


Kate
Thursday, 3 September 2015  |  10:31

Hi David. Definitely! Stop with the treats and look at food too. Where did you get her from? What are you feeding her?

Email me contact@myitchydog.co.uk tell me all the above including brands and we'll see what we can do.

I'm assuming you're getting her vaccinations and she's being properly treated for worms and fleas being this small? What does the vet say?


Catherine Smith
Thursday, 3 September 2015  |  19:34

My 10 yr old collie has always had loose stools every so often but now it's constant - I'm up twice a night sometimes to let him out etc. The vet has tested him for everything and said he's fine. I've tried some medication they've given me and all different types of non allergen food but not improvement. Just recently his poo has got worse and he's started scratching at either side of his hip, where there are a couple of little dark red dots on a raised bit of skin. Other than that he is fine. Could you recommend anything?


Kate
Friday, 4 September 2015  |  7:35

Hi Catherine

I'd seriously look at a change in diet, adding variety and balance; home cooking for a while would be good too. Sounds like he's got proper digestion issues which could be exacerbated by the quality of the dog food (just because it costs you a fortune doesn't make a lot of difference sadly). Give us a call if you would like to chat it through.


Ruth
Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  19:53

One of my border terriers was clipped today, he's usually stripped but his coat is poor and a bit thin. Now this has been removed he has a skin 'issue', flaky, greasy, itchy skin on hind leg? Help please.


Kate
Tuesday, 22 September 2015  |  11:12

Hi Ruth

You can try Ekoneem oil or Skinny Cream. Both can be applied directly and will help.


Gary
Tuesday, 29 September 2015  |  13:23

My labradoodle pup keeps scratching what can I use to try and stop him doing it.hes been checked at the vets twice


Kate
Tuesday, 29 September 2015  |  18:49

Hi Gary

Look at what you're feeding him, if there is any stress in the house or outside and if there are parasites. I'm assuming no fleas as you've been to the vet.

You can do many things but depends what's causing it. What do you feed him?


Mark
Monday, 12 October 2015  |  2:47

Hi. I have a 4 year old jack Russell crossed lhasa apso. Recently he has been scratching all the time. He rubs himself on our wicker draws and he nibbles his paws. He has still been eating and drinking fine and no problems with stools etc. He is now becoming red and sore. All flea treatment is up to date. Maybe he knows were about to have a baby arrival. Just hate seeing him scratch all day. Thanks xx


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:22

Hi Mark

It could well be stress. Try giving him somewhere to call his own, safe from crying babies with grabby hands. Also try something like Scullcap and Valerian tablets from Dorwest, and a DAP plug in which is synthetic calming pheromones.

Also look at his diet, if he's on kibble look at changing it to a very good wet food.


K Henderson
Tuesday, 13 October 2015  |  19:05

Hi, our rescue westie has a skin allergy. The vet suggested a diet of food prescribed by them, and if that didn't work, a blood test at the cost of 5 hundred pounds to find what she is allergic to. Her fur is greasy,she has some sore bits on her back, and she has dark skin under her armpits which she scratches at. I plan on trying the Ekoneen oil and the Yumega stuff. Is this what you would recommend?


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:24

Hi there

Yes, I would recommend it and looking at diet too. I wouldn't bother with prescription food or skin scrapes until you've had a look at that.

Try home cooking for a couple of weeks if you can and see what happens. I think you'll see a big difference. Try chicken with mashed sweet potato and broccoli. Cook in a big batch and freeze in bags.


Loren Willsher
Wednesday, 14 October 2015  |  21:28

My dig itches & bites his legs non stop. It's gotten so bad, we have had allergy testing at the vets. And baths in chemicals which did nothing. I have just ordered some of the ekoneeem oil and the Yumega Plus too. He's currently on sensitive food that is meant to be hypoallergenic. I don't know what else to do! He's currently wearing a cone to stop the licking and biting. But he can still scratch unfortunately - and sometimes manages to get his cone off. How soon should I notice results with the two products I purchased? Also any suggestions to anything?!


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:25

Hi Loren

I would think they would work well. But I would also get off the kibble, try a good wet food like Natures Menu, Nature Diet, or Arden Grange. Or frozen raw like Natural Instinct.


Sarah
Thursday, 15 October 2015  |  0:17

My dog scratches all the time he never stops. He looses all his hair on his butt. He has sources all over him. Nothing helps


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:26

Hi Sarah

What are you feeding him and what has the vet said?


Trina Wilson
Wednesday, 21 October 2015  |  20:20

Hi I have a 2year old Jack Russell and a yorky .the Jack Russell has started scratching and biting and his skin is getting thin and sore he's been doin for bout two weeks .we're would we I get the coconut oil from.


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:26

Hi Trina

Get raw, organic, virgin coconut oil from most health food stores and the larger supermarkets.


Tony
Sunday, 8 November 2015  |  14:46

Hi I have 2 germansheperds they have developed severe itching biting paws back end and tail also they have sore like bites I have had them at vet several times costing me in the last two years several this and puns on vets treatment like washes flea treatments mite spit on nothing work these thing improve my dog a small bit but never rid them of this horrible itching am a exspericeiend dog breeder but this problem a myth to me my dog are on a good diet with vacination up to date I don't what this is I have heard about morgellons disease being transmitted to dogs what u think do u have any idea to what I can use am at my wits end and can't handle my dogs suffering anymore plzs help thanks in advance


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:29

Hi Tony

I would look at what you are feeding them, any stress in the house and fleas. To stop the itching and biting treat with Skinny Shampoo and Skinny Spray. Wash the whole dog, or the itchy parts, leave on for ten minutes. The dry thoroughly and use the spray twice a day. That will stop it.


Susan
Wednesday, 11 November 2015  |  8:01

Hi I've got a fifteen year old little Lancashire heeley cross bitch! She is constantly scratching her tummy and sides! and chewing her paws..her owner sadly died! But she is use to staying with me! I'm wondering is it stress or her diet. Please can you help! Thankyou


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  11:36

Hi Susan

Sounds like stress. Try giving her stuff to chew, it's how dogs de-stress. Also could try giving her a small space to call her own, a little cosy nook. Also try an Adaptil diffuser, a synthetic pheromone plug in for stress.


Sheena
Saturday, 14 November 2015  |  8:28

Hi, my 5 yr old Labradoodle is constantly scratching her chin, she has been on the same food for a while so I don't think it's that. She likes to rub her face in duck/fox poo so I am wondering if she's had a reaction to that, I can't see any redness but it's clearly irritating her, do you think the Ekoneem oil would help and is it ok to apply around the mouth area? Thanks


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  12:00

Hi Sheena

Tomato ketchup is great for getting fox poo out of fur. Honestly!

Then I would wash it with Ekoneem shampoo as that will clean it without harshness and take the itch out.


Graham Taylor
Monday, 23 November 2015  |  14:39

My staffy lab cross scratches constantly. The vet has put him on atopica which is expensive and doesn't seem to work he has forth glade natural food with a mix. Any other products I might try. Thanks graham


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  12:02

Hi Graham

It could be many things. Maybe change the protein in his diet e.g. switch from chicken to lamb. I would avoid beef, wheat, soya and dairy as these can cause aggravation. Make sure the ingredients in the food and treats are solid. No meat and animal derivatives.

Also use Yumega Plus on food for sorting out the skin and reducing the itching.


Chloe
Wednesday, 25 November 2015  |  22:57

Hi my 11 week malshai is keep itching behind her ear and scratching her back leg, she doesn't have flees what else could this be?
Thanks


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  12:04

Hi Chloe

It could be dust mites or yeast from a kibble based diet. Try using Ekoneem on the itchy parts a couple of times a day. A thin film of it and rub right in. That will sort it!


Amanda
Saturday, 28 November 2015  |  16:20

My rescued dog McCloud is scratching n chewing on his body n paws aggressively for weeks now. He is on Yumega Plus since 20/11/15 (a week now) but no improvement. Started to rub coconut oil mixed with lavender oil yesterday n hopefully it help.
Don't want to bring him to vet as learnt online that giving him oral tablets only give him temporary relieve.
Any advice from you would be much appreciated as it hurts me to see my dog suffer.

Amanda


Kate
Friday, 4 December 2015  |  12:06

Hi Amanda

When did you get him? It could be a stress reaction. Or it could be diet. Try Skinny Cream on his body and paws and have a look at what he's eating. Get off the kibble if you can. Also, maybe try an Adaptil plug in which releases synthetic pheromones into the room to calm your dog down.


Kim
Tuesday, 15 December 2015  |  16:33

Hi, my 20 month labradoodle has been scratching at his face for a few months. We have been to the vet where they gave him a strong mite killer (although no sign of mites) and this has done nothing. We wondered if he had an infection within his lip fold but after cleaning this twice a day for 5 days with hibiscrub he is still no better. It is definitely somewhere around his lips - he is constantly rubbing on furniture/carpet etc. Can you suggest anything please? He is fed raw diet with plenty of veg. Thank you , Kim


Kate
Wednesday, 16 December 2015  |  11:34

Hi Kim

I wonder if he's getting his chops into something in the garden, or on a walk, a bush or plant he's allergic to?

Either way, the Ekoneem shampoo bar can be used around the muzzle and all over the face. Wash his itchy bits once a day with it for a few days and that will take the itch right out. Leave it on for a few minutes if you can for a much faster result and relief.


Alison
Sunday, 20 December 2015  |  10:13

My Tibetan terrier constantly chews at her back paws and it seems particularly bad at night. She is fed royal canin light with chicken. Any ideas?


Kate
Monday, 21 December 2015  |  7:57

Hi Alison

Yes. Change the diet to something better, Barking Heads, Natures Menu, Nature Diet are all good. Add variety; fresh meat and fish, fruit and veg etc. The same for treats too, and the paws will stop itching for the most part.

For immediate relief use Ekoneem oil on the back paws. She's doing it more at night because there is less to distract her probably so the itching it more intense.

Best
Kate


Catherine
Saturday, 2 January 2016  |  20:27

Hi Kate I have a 2 year old staffy an she's constantly itching biting her paws an rubbing herself on the rugs/carpets to ease the itch, the vet gave her a mite treatment an has put her on a course of piriton but neither have helped. The vet said her coats clear so it's not fleas. Any ideas? She's scratching so much she's cutting herself an yelping.xx


Kate
Monday, 4 January 2016  |  9:42

Ouch! What are you feeding her, including treats?

I would recommend Skinny shampoo and spray to treat the external itching, including paws. Leave shampoo on for ten minutes then rinse. But you need to look at diet or stress if it's not a parasite.

Best
Kate


Kate
Thursday, 4 February 2016  |  15:07

Hi Catherine

It could be many things: diet, air fresheners and fabric fresheners, parasites or stress. What are you feeding her?


Katie
Tuesday, 26 January 2016  |  22:58

My Shih tzu pup keeps itching behind her ears, she eats Iams dry junior good and some supreme cuisine meat, with the vegetables! She doesn't have fleas and is well groomed as my mum is a dog groomer! What do you think please?


Kate
Thursday, 4 February 2016  |  15:08

Hi Katie

I think it's diet, definitely. Read my book The Dog Diet available on here and change what she eats. She won't itch any more.

Best
Kate


Mary Eastman
Thursday, 28 January 2016  |  22:56

we have just purchased your Neem cream, the emulsifier and the sprayer for our Labrador whose itchy feet are driving him mad but we can't find anywhere that says how often to treat. Please can you advise


Kate
Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  12:16

Hi Mary

Sorry for the late reply, the best way to get us is via email contact@myitchydog.co.uk

You can use the spray as often as you like. For an acute problem like itchy paws I'd use twice a day for a few days until it clears. When the weather is hot and humid I'd do it a couple of times a week to stave off the fungus!


Melanie
Sunday, 7 February 2016  |  8:16

Hi Kate. I have a 2 yr old spaniel who had the allergy tests as she'd been constantly itching & chewing for 10 mths (we'd tried piriton, steroids, apoquel, etc). She's sensitive to most meats, fish, lots of veg, various fungi, nettles & dandelions. We've been feeding hills allergy care kibble for 10 wks now, but she's still chewing/itching. She's washed down after walks. She can't use yumega because it's fish oils. We're waiting for a dermatologist referral, but in the meantime do you have any recommendations? Thanks


Kate
Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  12:20

Hi Melanie

Sorry for the late reply, the best way to get us is via email contact@myitchydog.co.uk

How do you know what she's sensitive to? Did you have tests? It would be interesting to know what they said specifically.

I would ditch the dry food altogether and get away from Hills, Canin, Eukanuba any big brands really. Often there is too much uncooked starch in them which aggravates the gut and causes itching. If the gut is inflamed then food she's eating might go straight through her she could normally tolerate.

Try Heal on food, and Skinny Dip shampoo and Spray for the external itching. Also home cook for a couple of weeks, I think you'll see a massive difference. Read my book The Dog Diet, you can buy it on here.

Cheers


Sam Clarke
Sunday, 7 February 2016  |  17:29

Hello,
We recent brought a 3 month old husky cross (cross with possibly a collie, we are unsure). He's very itchy all the time, biting his paws, under his legs and belly and his ears. He's started to lose his fur on his snout either side from constant itching. Vets taken a sample and no evidence of fleas, mites and she doesn't think it's mange or anything, he's becoming a little aggressive and frustrated with the itching.
I'm thinking it may be the washing powder and he burrows his head in his bed a lot and itches.
We are using a shampoo the vets given us but we're more concerned about the aggressiveness and hair loss.
Any ideas?


Kate
Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  12:26

Hi Sam

If I itched that much I'd get ratty too! What are you feeding him, and is he stressed, or too hot?

Huskies can suffer from separation anxiety, they don't like being left alone so if you're out all day that could be a factor. Also being able to dig up stuff, and really run about, and sniff things at their leisure will make a massive difference. You might be doing this already but if not that will make a big difference. They are intelligent dogs.

As for diet, if you're feeding dry food, or other food which also contains a lot of carbs then it could be yeast. I would get off and stay off dry food unless it's the absolute tops. Even then it would be once in a while, not their main food. Dogs need variety too.

For the itchy skin and paws use Skinny Spray which you can get from us. Spray on twice a day to the affected areas. Around the nose and face use the Ekoneem shampoo bar, it's very gentle and good for the face.


Rachel
Sunday, 21 February 2016  |  23:32

Hi,
I have a possibly pregnant Labradoodle who is very itchy at the moment. She was flea treated two weeks ago before visiting the stud dog this week. Are any of your products safe to use on pregnant bitches?


Kate
Tuesday, 29 March 2016  |  13:14

Hi Rachel

Apologies for the late reply. I'm sure this is no longer relevant for you but for future reference we don't recommend using neem products on pregnant or lactating bitches.

Are you sure it was fleas or mites though? If not and you think it's a general itchy skin problem you could try Yumega Plus, a very good oil blend you add to food. Great for seasonal itching.

Kate


Richard Taylor
Monday, 21 March 2016  |  14:16

Hi my 8 year old Germany pointer is scratching his side has little lumps like bites but no fleas sensitive skin what can help poor boy


Kate
Tuesday, 29 March 2016  |  13:18

Hi Richard

Use Ekoneem oil or the shampoo bar which you can use on local areas. Works a treat!


Tamara McKeown
Wednesday, 4 May 2016  |  21:26

I need something to boost my Shih Tzu immune system because of allergies, he also has food allergies, what can I use please


Shirley
Saturday, 7 May 2016  |  21:18

After I taken my dog for a walk in the grass she starts to stratch ! Could she be allergy to the grass .


Kate
Monday, 9 May 2016  |  9:36

Hi Shirley

She could be, or it could be pollen too. Try putting her in a tshirt for dogs - Equafleece do a good one - and wiping her down after a walk. Removing as much of the allergens from her fur will really help. You can also look at using Skinny Dip shampoo and spray to take out the itch.


Elaine
Tuesday, 19 July 2016  |  10:10

Hi. I'm looking after a friends shin tzu aged 5. He has a congenital deformity of both front legs which was not dealt with at all and now is arthritic and itchy. His home life is not stable. Quite a bit of human stress. My home is peaceful and ordered....in that he gets regular short exercise and is fed on a good wet food sometimes mixed with home cooked chicken and brown rice. He is on small dose of Rimadyl and a dog glucosamine daily. Can you suggest any thing else I can do for his wellbeing please?


Kate
Tuesday, 19 July 2016  |  10:43

Hi Elaine, he's lucky he has you.

The itching may be stress, in which case you could try Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian and/or a DAP plugin (or just adopt him!).

Lintbells Yumove for joints is the top joint supplement in the country, sold by me and vets, it's brilliant stuff.

For the itch then Lintbells Itchy Skin oil put on food is excellent, as it Skinny Dip shampoo and spray.

Hope all that helps. I would try one thing at a time to see what helps. And totally adopt him!

Kate x


Michael Breden
Tuesday, 2 August 2016  |  13:00

I have a 6yr staff he's been fleas,wormed, had his booster but he's is biting his paw and scratching his groin, which is sore,I'm using dog cleansing wipes to clean it can you tell what might be problem please.


amberitchydog
Thursday, 11 August 2016  |  11:15

Hi Michael

There can be a number of reasons that your dog is itching, this can be diet, mite allergies, fleas etc. When speaking to someone with an itchy dog we always recommend looking at diet to start with, hidden carbs and sugars in dog food can cause itchiness, a good wet food which helps with this is Natures Diet and a good dry food is Barking Heads. Just changing the diet can help a lot with the itching.

The next thing is to help the itch externally. So we always recommend a good bath with Skinny Dip Shampoo, the shampoo contains neem which is a natural flea, tick & mite repellent and also helps to soothe the skin and stop anything that might be causing that itch. We recommend using this twice in the first week to ensure you have covered the whole body and you leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing so it can really soak into the skin.

In between baths you can then use Skinny Spray, which works in the same way as the Shampoo but it a spray form so you don't have to go through the trouble of bathing constantly. Spray directly onto your dog and massage in or spray onto your hands and massage in if he is not keen on being sprayed. You can also use Skinny Spray on yourself for any bites etc, and it smells lovely along with the shampoo.

As you are not sure what is causing the itch then it is always best to treat the whole body so the Shampoo & Spray will help with that.

Best wishes

Amber


Jaime
Tuesday, 2 August 2016  |  22:05

Hello my chihuahua has been itching her ear until it bleeds and she cries, she also bites her paws and scratches her chin until it bleeds. She is up to date with flea treatment and also has just had a course of antibiotics and steroids. This did seem to help a little although did not get rid of the itchy or biting but enough to stop the redness and slight bleeding. Now the course of medication has ended the itchy and biting has returned. Please can you make any suggestions on what I can get to treat her as it's breaking my heart seeing her in so much discomfort. Jaime


amberitchydog
Thursday, 11 August 2016  |  11:28

Hi Jaime

Aw bless her, how horrid.

Firstly you want to get the Ekoneem Shampoo Bar, it is a gentle neem bar that will help soothe and heal the sore areas as well as help to stop whatever is causing that horrid itch. Use this twice in the first week all over her body to ensure every area has been covered, in between her toes also, leave on for up to 10 mins then rinse off. Also spot wash with this Shampoo Bar when needed, get a bowl of warm water, wet under the chin and her paws rub the bar in and then rinse back off. You can use this Shampoo bar as often as you like, the more you use it the more she will improve.

To help heal the extremely sore and cut parts of her then you need Ekoneem Oil, keep it in the fridge and rub under her chin, her ears and her paws including in between her toes. This will help heal the sore areas and really soothe the itching. This again can be used as often as you need to, 2-3 times a day if necessary.

If you see the areas look slightly more red for the first few days of using these then it could mean it is a fungal infection causing the itch and it will try to fight back against the Neem for a few days, but continue to use and call us if you need us.

The more you use these to start with the better she will become, you will then be able to reduce the usage and use the Shampoo Bar and Ekoneem Oil as and when you need to. I would advise always using a neem based shampoo like the Ekoneem Shampoo Bar or the Skinny Dip Shampoo going forward with ordinary baths as this could be a recurring issue so to always be on top of it will help greatly.

Best wishes

Amber.


Pati Sheppard
Friday, 26 August 2016  |  12:44

Hi there, I just purchased a pot of ekoneem cream and some skinny spray, I've only just started applying them to Milo over the last 24 hours but so far there is a marked difference in his scratching. Milo is a JR by the way.

My question is this. Could an infestation of flies have anything to do with his itching? Where er live is very rural, surrounded by wheat fields. I realise it could be harvest mites but have seen no red powdery stuff on his fur. Unbeknown to us there was a massive sewage blockage down the lane from us and we were infested with flies for the last two months. Last night it was cleared and I'm wondering if this may have had anything to do with it. Many thanks for any info. :-)


amberitchydog
Wednesday, 31 August 2016  |  10:59

Hi Pati

Any little pests can cause itching and irritation, it's obviously hard to know without seeing your dog but you are certainly using the right products to stop whatever is causing the itch.

You can spray and use the Ekoneem Oil as much as you need to, the more you use it the better it will work. If you can also find some gentle organic dog shampoo, scoop a bit of Ekoneem in your hand with some shampoo and give your dog a good bath to ensure you have covered every area which will also really help with the itching and whatever is causing it. You can do this once a week to start with and then reduce when you see an improvement.

If you have any further questions then please feel feel to email us.

Best wishes

Amber


Carla
Sunday, 2 October 2016  |  13:16

Hi Kate,
I have a 6 year old staffy / collie cross. For the past 2 months or so he has been biting like crazy. He mainly attacks his bum at the top of his tail and his feet. I have been giving him flea tablets every 2 weeks and worming tablets every 3 as I thought it could be a problem caused by either of those. I have also deep cleaned my home incase I haven infestation I am unaware of. Usually if there are fleas in the house I get bitten. I know dog fleas don't bite people but I also have a cat who I have also been giving treatment to. Myself and my partner have searched the dog for ticks and other bugs but have found nothing. He is biting and scratching so much his skin is red raw and his fur is malting. We have a vets appointment for next week, but I thought you may be able to share your views on this also. I have tried to give as much information as possible.
Many thanks in advance.
Carla


Kate
Tuesday, 22 November 2016  |  10:26

Hi Carla

For questions like this always email us contact@myitchydog.co.uk for a much speedier response.

It could be worms, or blocked anal glands which are causing your dog to attack his bum and the top of his tail. He may also have a yeast problem if it's his feet too as yeast loves warm, damp places i.e. between the toes and in the bottom. Have you had a look at diet, and what did the vet say? You may need to change the diet to a wet food or a great dry food, something without lots of carbs, which can be hard to find. A diet of the same, carb rich, food can cause yeast problems. Please don't hesitate to email us if you have any updates or further questions. Kate.


Janet
Tuesday, 11 October 2016  |  11:30

My 10yr old Jack RusseLloyd has starated scratching all the time. Mainly torso but has started biting around the base of her tail. Never had any problems before. No changes in bedding, washing powder or food. Have bathed her in flea shampoo & used a flea zapper but not seen any fleas. Would the Skinny Dip spray / cream be best for her? Thanks in advance.


amberitchydog
Thursday, 27 October 2016  |  14:14

Hi Janet

Look at diet, make sure she is on a good high meat low carb diet. Good dogs foods are, Barking Heads, Natures Diet, Naturo, Canagan. You could also try cooking or raw feeding. Variety is good. This can help greatly with itchy.

Skinny Shampoo would be good to use to treat the itch externally, rub all over, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off, do this twice in the first week and once a week until you see improvement.

Yes Skinny Cream would be good to use as well, especially on the more affected areas, this can be used 2-3 times a day if needed.

The more you use the products the more they will work.

Look at diet, bath regularly in Skinny Shampoo and use the Cream to help the sore areas this should all help.


Jen
Saturday, 15 October 2016  |  19:15

We adopted our dog, Ella, as a puppy and from an animal shelter. Soon after adopting her we noticed she was itching her skin off, to the point where she looked a like a possum. We brought her to several vets, who treated it as a food allergy, even treated for for mites, even though no mites ever showed up on several tests, after a year of being uncomfortable it seems we have finally figured out what is causing the itchiness and, sometimes a rash, we think its ivermectin which is in heart worm medicine. If it's not the ivermectin, it's absolutely something in all heart worm medicine, because we were giving her the chewables and switched to revolution once a month and our dog was always itching. When we increased the dosage to kill the "mites" she would itch more and more, the vets told us that meant the medicine was working, but after treatment our dog was left still itching. It wasn't until we completely stopped using any type of heart worm medicine that our little pup is back to acting like a puppy and her hair is finally starting to grow back! Itching isn't even a side-effect listed for ivermectin, so I wanted to share my story in hopes of helping someone else, whose dog is suffering like mine was!


amberitchydog
Thursday, 27 October 2016  |  14:18

Hi Jen

Thank you for sharing this and great that you finally worked out what the issue was.

It seems herbal could be the way forward for Ella. Billy No Mates for fleas, ticks & mites and Four Seasons for worms. They work wonders.

Thanks again and we are glad to hear Ella is back to normal.


John
Tuesday, 18 October 2016  |  21:14

Hi Guys, Have a cairn with attitude! He constantly scratches and chews foot. However will not let me rub anything on his skin, can you recommend something to add to his food that would help alivate his problem. Whilst me keeping a full set of digits, many thanks.


Kate Bendix
Tuesday, 22 November 2016  |  11:48

Hi John

Look at what you're feeding. If it's just kibble then there's your problem. It's more than likely to be high in carbohydrate and causing yeast to form on the feet which is incredibly itchy. So look at feeding something with a much better meat and veg content.

You can also add Yumega Itchy Dog oil to his food which will go a long way to healing the itchy skin.


Norman Small
Sunday, 6 November 2016  |  11:23

My dog had all the above and it now has Lymphoma. If you find that your dog is obsessed with scratching indoors or scratching its back on hedges and then also bites it paws at different times then take it to the vet and get a urine sample done. It could be the start of lymphoma and the earliest it is caught the better outcome for your pet. Too late for mine and i will have to have it put down in the next week.


Rita
Wednesday, 23 November 2016  |  0:24

Recently I started preparing my fur babies food, as I could no longer bear the idea of the contents in wet dog food. I use canned chicken, drained to reduce sodium intake, canned mixed vegetables(veg-all) canned green beans, canned sweet peas, smaller amt of oatmeal for a filler and roughage, relative amount of extra virgin olive oil so not to be "oily".

With that, are they getting enough nutrients? If not, what else do you suggest?

Thank you


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  14:16

Hi Rita

I'd say make it from fresh every time. Add variety in meat, fish and veg over a two week period so you're getting a good mix of vits and mins. Then add Dorwest Keepers Mix to it daily.
Kate


Taylor
Thursday, 22 December 2016  |  16:35

I have a one year old mutt I know she has terrier in her but that's it as far as I know. She's had skin allergies for as long as I can remember but lately it's a lot worse she's itching mon stop and it's around her legs mostly on the joints she is loosing her hair around there now because of the itching I have recently changed her food to fish and brown rice but the brand of the food is blue buffalo and that never changed just the flavor of the food did can that make the itching worse? There r some scabs where she is itching seems like she never can stop and when she goes outside and comes back in I've noticed the itching is even worse. She will get red on her tummy ears and paws and all I have is a spray for her paws r there pills I should get or any type of ointment u think wil help?


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  14:15

Hi Taylor

Sounds like she needs either a home cooked diet or raw food. Also the same for treats, no biscuits only meat, fish or veg.


Graham
Monday, 23 January 2017  |  19:24

Hi there was looking for some advice! I have a British old tyme bulldog he is 25weeks old and he has started a little problem which started as clawing his ears his left ear was the worst he clawed it till it bled then when it healed he only does it when the little scab dried out to the state where the ear had loads of little cuts on it, then he done just over his eyes I'm going out of my mind....I done the ear drops for mites for the 7days as recommended two weeks before I took him to the vet! I started thinking g it could possibly be a food allergy as I feed him the raw diet, or maybe he's anxious as he only does this when I'm not there or when he isn't getting attention.
So I took him to the vet where they checked for mites and they couldn't find any said he was ok but just because they couldn't find any doesn't mean he hasn't any.. however a 1off tablet for mites fleas and a 14day course of tablets twice daily and he still does it not as bad as he once did and he is getting better I have the vet in a weeks time but was looking for any help or advice would be great thanks as he's my little baby and I love him to bits


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  14:13

Hi Graham

Use our colloidal silver ear drops and ear cleaning cloth.

Kate


Paul
Friday, 17 February 2017  |  17:29

My little long haired jack Russell is tender under his neck when trickled his back legs shake there's no discolouring of skin


Karen Jane
Monday, 20 March 2017  |  21:26

Can you tell me how to buy your products please


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:55

Hi Karen

Go to the top of this page and hit the My Itchy Dog logo, this will take you to our home page and you can shop from there. Kate


Anne
Sunday, 26 March 2017  |  18:08

I rub tea tree oil on my dog and put a herbal supplements in dinner and this helps


Natalia
Tuesday, 4 April 2017  |  0:13

Hi my pup scratches he's chin till it bleeds he's raw feed he's diet didn't change so I assume it's not that maybe grass allergies it's worse at night I try that neem oil from stinky stuff but only for two days and I feel it make it worse not better he's 7months cross breed as well in that time of scratching he's chin he lost a tooth I think it was he's puppy tooth but I, don't c any tooth growing there yet all he's body and fur are shiny only he's face it's the problem :/


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:56

Hi Natalia

Sounds like a yeast problem. You need to clear out the gut and cut down on any high carb treats, especially the stuff you buy from the supermarket, or Pedigree. Then use our Skinny Cream to clear it up on the skin.

Kate


Angie Abbott
Saturday, 15 April 2017  |  18:10

Hi im trying to order some of your products can you email me a list of products and prices.


Kate
Tuesday, 18 April 2017  |  10:28

Hi Angie

Please take a look at our website for all products and prices.

Thanks
Kate


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  14:12

Hi Angie

All our products and prices are on this website. Please have a browse.

Kate


Zac
Monday, 26 June 2017  |  18:50

Hey,

I just bought a 7 week old black lab. He is frequently scratching behind her ears and biting at her legs. There very small spots where the hair is disappearing and some spots that look like little scabs on here lower legs. I want to help him fix this before it escalates but don't know what to do! Please help.


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:54

Hi Zac

Use Skinny Cream twice a day. And look at diet. A kibble only diet can cause too much yeast in the gut which results in small rashes or spots on the skin.

Kate


Teejay
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  11:58

Out Beagle bitch has developed an itch of the vulva where she sits down and circles on the spot, to relieve it, she has seen the vets and has had various treatments to no avail any suggestions .


Kate
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:45

Hi Teejay

Yes, use Skinny Cream twice a day, that should sort it out.

Just go to the search box at the top of this post and put Skinny Cream in there. It will take you right to it.

Kate