Treating itching in dogs

The first thing you should do is take your dog to the veterinarian.

The faster the cause is diagnosed, the early the dogs are treated. This will heal easily and quickly.

But if you allow the symptoms to spread or become worse, it may take longer to heal and the recovery becomes tougher.

  1. 01

    Detect early, treat quickly

    Itching in dogs requires the owners to keep a close watch. As the cycle of itching starts, the symptom intensifies. A veterinarian's diagnosis is a must since the undiscovered cause can be as severe as a life-threatening skin cancer.

  2. 02

    Only a veterinarian can diagnose the cause of itching.

    Bear in mind that you must not try to perform a treatment or feed the dogs with drugs you buy. This is because a wrong treatment leads to a more severe symptom. So, it is important to consult and follow your veterinarian regarding the advantages and limitations of the drug used.

  3. 03

    Dog owners should discuss the benefits and the cautions taking the drug with a veterinarian.

    After the dog is treated, you should usually see results quickly. But many side effects from such drugs will appear. So, the owners should be aware of any unusual symptoms that may occur after taking the drug so that they distinguish it from the symptoms of the dogs themselves.

A group of drugs to quell itching in dogs posed by allergy.

(*Medications must be prescribed by a veterinarian only)


It is a drug with a structure similar to the hermone entitled Adrenocortical in the dog's body


  1. 01 reduce inflammation
  2. 02 suppress the function of the immune system

Oral steroids tablet



Fast results and inexpensive
It can easily trigger side effects even though this drug is used in a short period of time

The most common oral steroid is prednisolone or methylprednisolone. It is a drug that acts to suppress itching quickly. So, it is a long-running favourite choice. However, receiving this drug for too long can present side effects to organs such as the liver, adrenal glands, skin, muscles, etc., or result in abnormal symptoms such as drinking a lot of water, frequent urination, appetite, weight gain, rising liver enzymes in the bloodstream and malfunctioning immune system.

steroids for external by applying/spray





Safer than oral medications
Not suitable for long-term treatment

Steroid for external use is popular in human medical practice to treat skin allergies. But for dogs with longer coat, it is quite difficult to use this medicine which is very viscous. However, Japan has recently developed steroid in the form of spray that is suitable for dog purpose. It can perform directly and is safer than oral drug. But using this for a long time can trigger side effects on the skin in the particular area. The skin will become thinner and the formation of dandruff, known as “steroid dermatosis” thinner will be apparent.

steroid effect

Common side effects of steroid medications

drink a lot of water

The dog will drink more water

or more often.

eat more

The dog develops an increased appetite.

and often eats more food

or asks for food from the owners.

The dog's weight tends to increase accordingly.
The owner must keep an eye

on these new symptoms.

to see a veterinarian

in a timely manner.

urinate a lot

As the dog drinks more water,

frequent urination is common.

or the volume per day is on the rise.

Suffer stress and anxiety

Some dogs may present changing behaviors.

caused by stress or anxiety that occur

after receiving steroid medication

A new drug for itching

Although steroids are effective in the treatment and inexpensive, quite dangerous side effects are common.

So, new drugs with fewer side effects are introduced to play a role in treating itching. They are as follows:

* Choosing a drug is dictated by the discretion of the veterinarian, symptoms and physical condition of the animal.

New form of antipruritic pills



Good performance, great safety and can be used for long-term treatment.
Side effects include vomiting and diarrhea.

It is classified in the Janus kinase inhibitor the group. It can control itching as quickly as 4 hours after receiving the drug. This can be used for long-term treatment and offers a high safety. It is now widely used in the European Union, the United States and Japan and is included in the guidelines for the treatment of canine atopic dermatitis. Possible side effects include vomiting and diarrhea but the extent is not critical. It copes with both itching from skin allergies, an allergy of flea saliva and an itching from sarcopticosis, etc.

fast performance
The performance mechanism
is different
from steroids.

other drugs

cyclosporine capsule



Effective for skin allergy (atopic dermatitis).
This takes a long time to perform effectively and tends to develop vomiting and suppresses the immune system.

It is classified as an immuno suppressant and, thus, suitable for the treatment of autoimmune disease. It is effective in atopic dermatitis and does not affect the adrenal glands even if it is used continuously for a long time. It may take more than 1 month to become successful in treatment. It can trigger vomiting and diarrhea.

Interferon gamma for dogs injectable



Quite small side effects
It takes a long time to take effect

This type works well for atopic dermatitis, with relatively few side effects and high safety. But the performance will take longer time to show up

because it is a drug injected into the subcutaneous fat layer.

Medicinal shampoo


medicinal shampoo

Clean coat and nourish the skin
It takes a long time until successful.

This is recommended for dogs with atopic dermatitis, as cleaning the skin will reduce the number of allergic pathogens. However, you must consult your veterinarian to ensure you select the right type of shampoo. For example, dry skinned dogs should use moisturizing shampoo, or dogs with low immunity should be bathed with shampoo that contains antibiotics, etc.