May 6, 2016 - Allergies are the main reason for a dog's itchy skin

As always, the first place to start is diet. Food sensitivities are a main cause of allergy symptoms, and chicken by-products, eggs, wheat, and dairy are big culprits. Get your dog off the processed junk kibble! Especially those with chicken and chicken byproducts; read labels carefully, just as you would for your food! I have seen amazing changes in itchy skin just from getting dogs off junky chicken kibble.

of How to Diagnose and Treat Your Dog's Itchy Skin Problems was reviewed by  on January 1, 2017.

Only 1 in 20 itchy dogs is truly allergic. Most veterinary nutritionists now believe that only about one in twenty itchy dogs is actually allergic to any of the ingredients commonly found in high-quality natural dog foods. For the large majority of dogs with itchy skin, the problem is that the dog’s diet doesn’t meet all of its nutritional needs, or that the dog has built up an intolerance to something in the food, not that the dog is allergic to a specific ingredient.

Itchy Skin in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment ..

Here is a list of the 4 main reasons why dog’s have itchy skin and solutions for each. Want some customized help in dealing with your dog's itchy skin? Stop by one of for a conversation with a Mud Bay staff member and a free copy of our brochure, "How to Help Dogs with Itchy Skin."

Itchy skin can drive dogs crazy

This is an easy way to relieve your dog’s itchy skin and paws. Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water to put on your dog’s skin. A spray bottle or a sponge works well but be careful to avoid getting the solution on any wounds or raw skin because it will sting your pup. You can use daily until the itching goes away.

Coconut Oil for Dogs: How it Cured My Dog's Itchy Skin - Dogster

Flea bites are a common cause for a dog’s itchy skin. Flea saliva gets under the dog’s skin, which causes the itching, scratching and inflammation, according to Stop Dog Itching. Some dogs are allergic to fleabites and this will make the itching worse than normal. Commercial products found in retail stores for the relief of itching...Itchy skin and hot spots on dogs are among the top reasons for vet visits. Typically, oral anti-histamines or steroids are the conventional treatment for skin issues, and while they may provide temporary relief, these drugs don’t address the causes of the problems and come with a long list of side effects.