Itchy skin in dogs
- Have you noticed your dog scratching more than usual? Do they nibble at certain parts of their body? Have they developed any other symptoms such red skin, alopecia, sores or stained fur?
- Itchy skin is a very common problem in dogs and can be caused by many different conditions, some minor and some more serious.
- Book an appointment with your vet if your dog has itchy skin - it’s a very uncomfortable problem that can make a dog feel miserable.
General information and causes
Most dogs scratch every now and then, but excessive scratching indicates something is wrong. Itchy skin is a symptom of many different conditions including:
Symptoms of itchy skin
Scratching isn’t normal if it happens regularly (more than 4-5 times day), and/or causes other symptoms such as:
- Alopecia (bald patches)
- Self-inflicted wounds
- A rash/red skin
- Saliva staining (lick stained fur)
- Dark, thickened skin
Beware, some dogs scratch and lick in private - keep an eye out for secretive scratching!
Published: August 2020
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