Why Does My Dog Itch?
If you see these signs,
your dog may need medical treatment
Frequent scratching is one sign of allergic dog itch, but there are other telltale signs as well
chewing, biting, or scratching
rubbing, or scooting
Recurrent ear problems
(head shaking, ear discharge/odor, or scratching at ears)
(rash, redness, greasy skin, or scabs)
DOG ITCH Can Be a Vicious Cycle
When your dog has an allergy to food, fleas, or something in the environment, there are several things that happen within the body. Scratching, licking, and chewing results from exposure to allergy “triggers” and a frustrating cycle of itching starts that often continues and may get progressively worse. Your dog may continuously scratch, bite, chew, or lick specific areas. A red rash or hot spots on the skin may appear, along with skin inflammation.
Early allergic itch, while annoying and bothersome, may be sporadic and mild. But left untreated, it typically progresses and becomes more severe and persistent—interfering with everyday activities and potentially leading to other health problems, such as skin and ear infections. So, it’s best to control allergic itch right from the start—before this vicious cycle begins—and additional health issues arise that are difficult to manage and further add to your dog’s discomfort.
SOME COMMON CAUSES OF ALLERGIC ITCH
ENVIRONMENTAL INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ALLERGENS
(such as pollen, dust mites, or mold)
(such as carpet, shampoo, environmental chemicals—insecticidal products)
There are many reasons why your dog may be scratching, licking, chewing, rubbing, and scooting. It could be that your dog is allergic to food, fleas, or even to ingredients in shampoos, carpets, lawn chemicals, or insecticides. Other contact allergens can be wool products (dogs might sleep on or rub up against) and laundry detergents. Dogs can also have allergies to seasonal pollens, outdoor and indoor molds, and dust mites. Dust mites and molds are common in all homes and if your dog is sensitive to these allergens it can lead to year-round disease.
Treating allergic dog itch early is important
Allergic dog itch is easier to treat early, when the first signs appear. So, it’s important to get help and relief quickly for your itchy dog. Waiting to seek treatment may sometimes result in complications that make treatment more difficult—and more expensive.
There are several causes of dog itch. Only your veterinarian can determine the reason for your dog’s itch, so that a lasting solution can be found and your dog can get relief as soon as possible.
If you notice your furry friend itching, scratching, biting, licking, or chewing more than usual, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
HOME REMEDIES MAY ONLY PROVIDE TEMPORARY RELIEF
You probably have tried everything to give your itchy dog relief—including oatmeal baths, lotions, or over-the-counter topical medicines. But while these home remedies may provide some temporary relief, they don’t really get to the underlying cause.
ANTIHISTAMINES OR STEROIDS MAY NOT BE THE ANSWER
You may have also looked to steroids or over-the-counter antihistamines to relieve dog itch. Did you know that while effective in humans, antihistamines are often not effective in treating dog allergies? In fact, they can put your dog at risk for progression of allergic itch and infection, because they don’t treat the underlying cause and the itch continues, leading to additional frustration and disappointment. Antihistamines also offer little or no benefit for treating the “flares” that can occur in a majority of dogs with atopic dermatitis.*1 Steroids may not be a good option if your dog requires long-term treatment. Allergic dermatitis can be a lifelong condition in some dogs, so getting the right treatment early on can help avoid unnecessary suffering and the costs associated with treatments that just don’t do the trick or that add on other worries.
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Your dog may require prescription apoquel TO RELIEVE THAT ALLERGIC ITCH!
Unlike over-the-counter products, prescription APOQUEL (oclacitinib tablet) dog allergy medicine uniquely targets the source of your dog’s allergic itch. APOQUEL provides relief of both allergic and atopic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin disease associated with allergies to pollens, molds, and dust mites).Get the APOQUEL FACT Sheet
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Control of pruritus (itching) associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not use APOQUEL in dogs less than 12 months of age or those with serious infections. APOQUEL may increase the chances of developing serious infections, and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to get worse. APOQUEL has not been tested in dogs receiving some medications including some commonly used to treat skin conditions such as corticosteroids and cyclosporine. Do not use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. Most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea. APOQUEL has been used safely with many common medications including parasiticides, antibiotics and vaccines.
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Reference: 1. Olivry T, DeBoer DJ, Favrot C, et al. Treatment of canine atopic dermatitis: 2015 updated guidelines from the International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals (ICADA). BMC Vet Med Assoc. 2015;241(2):194-207.