How To Stop Dogs Scratching In 8 Not-So-Easy Steps

why dog scratching

Updated November 28th, 2020

If you’ve got an itchy dog, it gets very frustrating very quickly. Nothing seems to help for long, and everyone tells you something different. Is it the food, is it grass, is it mites?

I’ve been seeing itchy dogs for nearly 30 years and I’ve yet to see one who can’t be helped. Here I’m going to boil down all the conflicting advice into a simple step by step approach.

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Prednisolone Use In Dogs & Cats

prednisolone pet tablets

Updated November 28th, 2020

Is there any other drug that can be all of these?

  • Overused,
  • Underused,
  • Harmful,
  • Essential

Love it or hate it, prednisolone is the most misunderstood drug in veterinary medicine. Its uses and side effects are too varied and complex to understand easily. Here I’ll help you to get informed.

Prednisolone is a steroid hormone. Even just that fact is confusing enough.

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Should My Itchy Dog Get Prednisolone?

dog prednisolone tablets

Updated November 28th, 2020

If you have an itchy dog, then you know how hard it can be. What would you say then if you were told that one of the most effective treatments is sometimes not offered to you? Or that other times it should never have been used.

Prednisolone is a problematic drug, and I understand why vets avoid it, but sometimes it’s just what’s needed. Amber, who’s pictured above is a perfect example.

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How To Treat Chicken Scaly Leg Mite

chicken foot mite

Updated November 28th, 2020

A normal chicken’s leg is a thing of wonder: shiny, evenly spaced scales completely cover the leg and top of the foot, giving you the unmistakable reminder that chooks are really little pet dinosaurs.

You know a normal leg when you see one, but it’s harder to notice when it’s not. Scaly leg in chickens often goes unrecognised in flocks until it either gets bad, or you end up at the vet for another reason.

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Epitheliotropic Lymphoma In Dogs

dog cutaneous lymphoma

Updated November 28th, 2020

Lymphoma in dogs is unfortunately quite a common cancer. It happens when the white blood cells called lymphocytes start growing and multiplying uncontrollably. They then spread to the lymph nodes, blood or internal organs.

A rare form that targets the skin is epitheliotropic lymphoma (EL), also called mycosis fungoides or cutaneous lymphoma. It has a very different appearance and outlook.

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Cytopoint: The New Dog Allergy Medicine

cytopoint apoquel atopica

Updated November 28th, 2020

Just read this message. Can it be that we are finally able to help these poor dogs?

“I have a Westie with atopic dermatitis. Have just started on Cytopoint – 2nd injection last week. First one lasted 6 weeks. Have been vilified on a number of FB groups as have other Westie members. Last week was told “well if you want your dog to go blind it is up to you.”

After 5 years my boy has found relief. Tried Atopica and Apoquel. Lots of steroids and antibiotics. Diet. Raw. Grain free. Hypoallergenic. Elimination. Malaseb. Baking soda. Iodine. Tee Tree oil. Oatmeal shampoo and conditioner. Sox. Bootees. Sandals. Onesies. Everything except the cone of shame.”

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5 Myths About Food Allergy In Dogs

dog wheat field

Updated November 28th, 2020

If you have an itchy dog, it doesn’t take long before someone tells you it’s due to the food. Usually that someone also offers an alternative.

It’s not a case of people trying to pull a fast one; they just believe in what they use. Who doesn’t? If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

The trouble is, though, most owners of dogs with skin problems aren’t getting the advice they need. Or they’re getting it far too late.

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Pet Food Allergy Testing | Elimination Diets

food allergy dog

Updated November 28th, 2020

Elsewhere on this site we’ve published the evidence for which foods dogs and cats are allergic to. Now we’ll show you how to figure it out for your own pet. This even works for a mouse!

Diagnosis of Food Allergies

The bad news is that there is no simple test. Popular IgG and IgE test kits sold online are not reliable.

The good news is that you can do it at home. It’s called an elimination diet. You have two choices:

  1. Buy one off-the-shelf
  2. Make it yourself (this is preferred if possible, see below)
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Skin Allergies In Dogs | Atopy

collie in grass

Updated November 29th, 2020

Every Springtime my little Loki starts to show the signs of his allergies. From then until after Christmas I have to work hard to keep him comfortable.

He’s not alone; every day we see dogs like Loki. We call this condition atopic dermatitis or atopy.

Allergies look so different in dogs that most of the time their owners aren’t aware what the problem is.

Signs Of Atopic Dermatitis

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Common Problems Of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits & Chickens

Updated November 29th, 2020

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Help! My Dog Is Itchy & Won’t Stop Scratching

itchy dog treatment

Updated November 29th, 2020

‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Rapid Care Guide

How To Stop Itchy Dogs Scratching

  1. A cool rinse or bath with soap-free dog shampoo can give temporary relief
  2. Always use vet-quality external parasite control even if you can’t see fleas
  3. To identify the cause, see your vet quickly before secondary infections develop

Now dive deeper.

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Bathing Dogs: How Often To Bath, How To Do It

dog sponge bath

Updated November 29th, 2020

“I thought you can’t bath a dog more than once a month”. We hear this almost every day when we tell someone how the right bathing strategy can help their dog’s skin (read how to bath dogs later). This has to be the most common and widely held myth of all and it deprives dogs of a great way to soothe their itchy skin. However, there is an element of truth to it.

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Myth 21: Tea Tree Oil is good for my dog’s skin

Updated November 29th, 2020

toyah the boxer

This is Toyah’s gift to all dogs with itchy skin. She had mild dermatitis for a while and her owners quite rightly thought a bath would help. They found a nice-looking soothing shampoo with tea tree oil and gave her a good clean. Instead of getting better, her dermatitis got dramatically worse, and three days later when she came to us her skin was looking angry and sore.

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A Tale of Two Dogs, One Skin Problem (and a surprisingly simple answer)

Updated November 29th, 2020

Ted and Millie have been seeing us for over six months now. Ted has a joint problem, recently diagnosed and treated, while Millie has mostly just ‘come along for the ride’.  A few weeks ago, however, Millie developed itchy skin associated with pinpoint scabs on the head.

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