Try something new. Sometimes changing a pet’s food can eliminate itching problems. Changing to a new food that doesn’t contain the primary protein and carbohydrate sources in the current food may be enough to get rid of the itch. Sometimes moving to a more limited ingredient food is needed to make a difference.
Only 1 in 20 itchy pets 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 intolerance to something in the food, not that the dog is allergic to a specific ingredient. Most grocery store foods do not meet nutritional requirements. If a pet is suffering from itchy skin, and a veterinarian has ruled out skin disorders, allergies or other conditions as the cause, a topical remedy may help. Some contain soothing botanicals, like aloe, shea butter or oatmeal. Topical treatments that include lidocaine along with the skin conditioners can help numb the irritation. We have a number of natural sprays that are beneficial to the skin. Consider supplements. Essential fatty acids and digestive enzymes, pre & probiotics may help to reduce inflammation by providing digestive and immune-system support for itchy pets.
Has anything changed? Some pets have seasonal allergies to pollen and molds, just like people. Others may have contact allergies to things like wool or certain types of cleaners and detergents. Some pets may scratch when they’re nervous about something. If the itching is a recent development, and nutritional changes aren’t helping, think about things in the pet’s environment that may have changed around the same time that the itching started.
Please make sure no fleas are present, those pesky guys can be very hard to see (especially on a dark pet) and it is imperative to eliminate fleas for pets who may be suffering from their presence.
***We’re not veterinarians. Friendly Paws’ staff is well educated, and our writing is well-researched, but neither the advice of a Friendly Paws staff member nor reading Friendly Paws written materials can substitute for visiting a veterinarian. We offer carefully chosen, natural solutions, but we believe that veterinary conditions should be diagnosed and treated by professionals.