Itching or scratching is an unpleasant sensation, and sometimes painful, forcing the animals

to scratch, rub and nibble the area for relief. In some cases are elicited much more serious

injury to the infected area so that treatment is often directed to avoid itching first and then

to detect the cause.

With a skin less than half the thickness as ours, it is no wonder that dogs are prone to skin

problems by various factors detailed below.

1. Ambient

Whether they’re digging in the garden, walking in the park or field or playing fetch the ball

on a beach, dogs are very sensitive to the presence of various allergens found floating all

environments: pollens, dust and other pollutants and irritants. To avoid this we could keep

them in a bubble, but this does not seem like a very practical solution.

Recommendations: Wash them with shampoos containing oatmeal, aloe vera, menthol

once a week to provide soothing relief and protect the sustained itching. In turn we

must nourish and hydrate the skin and coat to help reduce excessive shedding. It is very

important not to use chemicals to humans or that are very aggressive to the skin.

2. Nutrition

With so many brands and types of food prepared for dogs and cats is not surprising that

many present nutritional imbalances. While these foods satisfy hunger and provide enough

energy, they may be deficient in some essential nutrients and contain enough material

not suitable for dogs or cats. Some feed containing foods such as corn, a carbohydrate that

provides energy for a cheap way but can cause allergies and itching, dry skin, abnormal


Recommendations: Ideally, thoroughly investigate the composition of the food that we

provide the animal. You should always make sure that the main ingredient is animal

protein (chicken, lamb, beef or even fish). This will allow you to make sure that the food

you provide is sufficiently suited to their needs. In cases of very dry skin and flaky skin you

should bathe with a hypoallergenic shampoo.

3. Pests

No way around it, at one time or another, your dog or cat is likely to acquire parasites

on a walk, park or frolicking with their furry friends anywhere in the city. Parasites are

evident through intense itching and scratching, and in some cases can even lead to serious

skin infections or other unpleasant conditions. In particular, intense itching often occur

in regions of the head, ears, neck or tail base, as they are thin-skinned areas where the

parasite usually bite to eat.

Recommendations: If you have suspicions that the discomfort can be caused by parasites,

be sure to keep your home sparkling clean, and vacuum every corner: on the sofa, chairs,

under mattresses, under carpets. Release holds many substances to prevent and treat

parasites, including natural and safe skin care products in both tablet and as pipettes and


4. Psychogenic

In dogs and cats sometimes scratch for no apparent reason other than that they are

experiencing a more or less intense itching. This is an inexplicable phenomenon that can

occur for many reasons still unknown, although there is usually an underlying skin lesions.

Recommendations: In these cases you have to go to the vet to detect the primary cause of

itching, and treat the behavioral component caused by the scratching. Relaxation, exercise

or training increased leisure time and in turn reduce the time that the animal spends alone.

Sometimes treatment must help the medication, always under veterinary supervision.

5. Infections

Skin infections or pyoderma, often occur when the itching and scratching are extended

in time. Sometimes infections are caused by the presence of wrinkles or folds of skin that

prevent ventilation, which considerably increases the burden of bacteria and yeasts that

end up causing a nasty inflammation that leads to injuries and injuries of varying degrees

of hair loss.

Recommendations: In these cases, the objective is twofold, first to end the itching and the

other with the infectious agents that cause. Medicated shampoos should be used based on

chlorhexidine, hexetidine, benzoyl peroxide, a few times a week.