An itching in dog is normal?

A skin itching in human being seems to be a common symptom. When this is the case in dogs, we tend to reckon that this is not critical. Though dogs can recover from an itching, some cases involve a rising skin disease. An itching does not only present uncomfortable feeling, but also culminate into a critical dermatitis. Diagnosis is indispensable. For this reason, a dog owner should establish a clear insight to this issue to determine a correct treatment.

Are these your dogs’ symptoms?

An alarming symptom of dog itching that needs to be addressed

  1. 01 Licking

    at himself

  2. 02 Biting/chewing

    at himself

  3. 03 Compulsively


  4. 04 Leaning/



What do diseases bring about an itching in dogs?

There are plenty of diseases that lead to an itching in dogs. The earlier you identify the cause, the faster the treatment.

Here are some of the most common causes relating to an itching in dogs


Allergy in dogs is responsible by the body’s excessive response to selected allergens.

Among the common symptoms is atopic dermatitis. Its feature involves critical itching.

On the contrary, an itching doesn’t manifest itself if the body is not exposed to allergen.

In the environment, common allergens encompass house dust mite and flower pollen, etc.


Atopic dermatitis

The cause concerns allergens in the environment such as house dust mite and flower pollen.


Food allergy

Food allergy This is referred to an allergy in which the body excessively response to some types of protein found in food


Flea bite allergy

The cause is an allergy to flea bite. Effects are coat loss and itching. Waist and back are the areas the disease is usually found.



Scabies lead to excessive itching


Infectious dermatitis

The causes may concern yeast, bacteria, fungi, parasite or many other infections. An accurate diagnosis ensures successful itching recovery

There are 2 types of infectious dermatitis

  • pyoderma

    It is usually caused by the rounded bacteria entitled Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. As a result, infected areas turn red and produce crust and itching.

  • Oily skin

    The yeast called Malassezia spp. causes oily, sticky, itching skin full of dandruff.

Other causes of itching

In addition, other common dog itching can be responsible by Pemphigus Foliaceus or an autoimmune skin disease. Another cause is lymphoma. Importantly, we should identify a false itching dog that pretends to be itchy. For instance, a dog with a wound caused by a splinter or a thorn in leg generally licks that leg. A dog with osteoarthritis will lick, rub, scratch the skin area in question. Regardless of a cause, compulsive licking and scratching lead to worsen infectious skin and itching gets worse.

  • Pemphigus
  • Cancer
  • Mental issue

How do diseases lead to an itching?

As dogs infect dermatitis-induced itching, they start to bite, lick and rub against the parts of body in question. This leads to scratches and weakens skin protection against foreign matters. Inflammation escalates and itching becomes worse. As a result, it is vital to put an end to the cycle of itching as early as possible.

In dogs, itching treatments vary according to causes and veterinarian diagnosis is required.

Braking an itching cycle is critical. Here are the cycles of itching found in dogs.

Dog itching cycle

  • Scratch,
    rub and lick

  • Inflammation

  • Nerve activation
    triggers itching
  • Itching
  • Scratch-led wound
  • Skin inflammation
  • Red skin
  • Loss or thin coat
  • Darker skin

When to Seek a Medical Attention?

How do we know when to rush to a veterinarian? Here are some 8 easy ways to find out.

If your pet’s symptoms is one of them, it’s deemed critical and please seek a medical treatment immediately

  1. 01 Night itching disturbs your dogs’ sleep
  2. 02 Itching is evident even during playing, walking and eating
  3. 03 Red skin presents red protruding rashes, dandruff crust, spotted bleeding, or
  4. 04 Changing condition of skin i.e. oily and greasy or excessive coat loss
  5. 05 Abnormal smell of skin
  6. 06 Escalating itching ailment
  7. 07 Ears become itchy and produces smelly pus
  8. 08 Scratching around both eyes (you should be aware of cornea injury due to scratch)

Aside from these, there are so many other itching symptoms you must pay a close attention to and please make sure your pet is under the diagnosis by a veterinarian.

What’s more, you may perform an evaluation for your dogs

by marking the level of itch in line with these rules

so that you can brief a veterinarian on how much your pet suffers itching


is the level of itching?


Extremely severe itching

The symptom is severe and persistent at all times. A dog continues to scratch, bite and lick its body.


Severe itching

A dog feels itchy almost all the times day and night. This includes eating, playing and exercising even you attempt to distract him/her.


Moderate itching

Moderate itching – the itching occasionally manifests itself during day and night. But not while a dog eats, plays and exercises. A dog doesn’t suffer the symptom even though you attempt to distract him/her.


Mild itching

Your dog becomes seldom itchy, in particular at night, but not during eating, playing and exercising. A dog doesn’t suffer the symptom even though you attempt to distract him/her.


Very mild itching

A dog begins to scratch itself but no abnormal symptom is found on skin.


Normal Dog

No itching is found


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