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How to fix itching in dogs

Swati Tandon, Pet Expert

A dog itching himself is probably one of the most common sights for a pet parent. As ordinary or harmless as it may seem it should not be taken very lightly.Dogs itch themselves for a number of reasons.

Fleas and tick
Fleas and tick suck on their blood making your dog very itchy and uncomfortable. It can lead not only to skin infections but can turn into fatal diseases like tick fever.

Mange are microscopic insects that burrow deep into the layers of the skin. They spread infection all over the body.

Any sort of allergy can result in skin infections. Allergies can be seasonal or food based.

A dirty dog will always scratch. If the dog is not given a bath or haircuts regularly their fur starts matting and dirt sticks to the hair and skin which can cause itching.

Stress and anxiety
Stress and anxiety can lead to behavioural problems in dogs. Dogs compulsively start licking themselves till the skin becomes sore and then they start scratching.Even boredom can lead to the same behaviour.

The reason can be as serious as a skin infection or as trivial as boredom.Whatever it may be, it is important to analyse the cause of itching. It is wise to not ignore and pay immediate attention to the problem to avoid any sort of infection or allergy from spreading. Keep your dog clean and well groomed. If you notice him scratching and find any fleas, ticks, rashes or boils on the body take him to the vet.

Here are a few tips to keep the itch away from your furry friend.

Keeping your dog clean is very important. Regular baths and haircut cuts ensures the hygiene and health of our pooches. This also helps in keeping the ticks and fleas at bay.

Healthy diet
Giving them a balanced diet avoids the chances of food allergies which are a major cause of skin rashes.

Turmeric/ Haldi
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant.It has anti-microbial agents that help repair damaged skin and strengthen the immune system. Turmeric can be added to their food.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil can be added to their food and also be applied on their coat or the affected area. It helps in reducing the allergic reactions and makes their coat shiny and healthy.

Olive oil
Olive oil again can be added to their food or be applied on their coat. Olive oil can help ease the discomfort from dry skin and dog dandruff.

Yogurt is a very good source of probiotics which can help fight infections and help in immunity. Yogurt also keeps them cool.It is very healthy for your dogs in summers.

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