Why Your Dog is Always Itchy & Scratching But Has No Fleas

Dog Scratching

Compulsive scratching can be caused by several factors and conditions, and it’s an issue that many dog owners deal with on a regular basis. A dog that’s always scratching and itching most likely is pretty miserable since it impacts quality of life. Here are some of the top reasons why your dog is itching and scratching even though he doesn’t have fleas.

1. Your Dog Has Allergies

One of the most common reasons for a dog to be itching even when fleas aren’t the issue has to do with allergies. The allergy may cause a skin condition to develop, such as allergic dermatitis. Allergies could be caused by food or the environment, and it can be difficult to narrow down what the specific allergy is that’s causing your dog to be itching all of the time. Environmental allergies often will happen seasonally, since mold, dust, and pollen are the main culprits.

Food allergies are more rare than what most people think and will have much more severe symptoms. An actual food allergy often times will include vomiting and diarrhea, along with facial itching or hives. Most dogs don’t have a food allergy, but instead have a food sensitivity, which could be caused by an ingredient in the food. Itching, poor coat, poor skin, and ear or foot infections are common in dogs with a food sensitivity.

2. Your Dog Has Skin Disease

A skin disease such as a yeast infection or impetigo could also be the cause of your dog scratching all of the time. Yeast infections could be a secondary infection to something such as an allergy. When your dog is continuously licking, itching, and scratching, he is more likely to break his skin and create the secondary infection. Once the skin is broken open a number of infections can happen, including bacterial infections and yeast infections.

Impetigo happens to puppies under the age of 1 and you will notice pus-filled blisters popping up on the hairless areas. This mostly happens around the groin and on the abdomen and these lesions eventually will pop. Impetigo happens in young puppies living in bad or unsanitary living conditions.

Benzoyl peroxide shampoo is used twice a week for a certain period of time. Within three weeks the impetigo will begin to clear and it shouldn’t be an issue after that as long as living conditions are sanitary.

3. You Are Washing Your Dog Too Often

Just like with humans, you can actually bathe your dog too often and this is going to be harmful. When you bathe, you are actually stripping out essential oils from the skin. Without these oils your dog is going to end up with dry and irritated skin. If your skin is dry and irritated, you are going to be itching and scratching. Dogs don’t need a bath often and overdoing the baths could result in skin irritation. It’s best to just regularly brush your dog since this helps spread those essential oils around and it’s a good way to get rid of loose hair.

Natural Remedies for Itchy Dogs

There are several natural remedies out there for itchy dogs, with one of the most common being colloidal oatmeal baths. Oatmeal is very soothing on the skin and it can help reduce the inflammation and also get rid of any allergens on the skin.

Coconut oil is another great remedy and this could be placed on the irritated skin or given orally if your dog will eat the coconut oil. Apple cider vinegar and water mixed in a 50-50 solution also works wonders for helping irritated skin and itching. Aloe vera works well too, but get the kind without alcohol in it so that it doesn’t burn when placed on the skin.

John at My Pet Child

is the Founder of My Pet Child, where he shares his tips on living with a dog in an apartment.

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Rose Chiarulli
Rose Chiarulli

My dog is always itchy can I give him children allergy relief medice?