There are many different reasons that your dog may be itching. Some of these are very obvious signs that you may notice, and some may be more subtle. If you cannot figure out why your dog is itching, it is best to make an appointment with your veterinarian. These are some of the most common reasons that cause dogs to itch.
Allergies: Allergies are probably the most common cause for your dog to itch. This can be because of the food they are eating, something in their environment, or certain plants. Many times your veterinarian can allergy test your dog to see what they are allergic to. If your dog is allergic to a certain house plant, you can easily remove these from the house.
If your pet has a food allergy, you can remove that from their diet. Many times you can feed your pet a novel protein and see if their allergies decrease. This is an inexpensive way you can test out food allergies in your dog.
Parasites: Parasites such as ticks and fleas. It can cause your pet to itch. Most of the time, you can see these parasites on your dog’s skin. Mites can also cause your dog to itch, but these are microscopic parasites that your veterinarian will have to diagnose. Some dogs are highly allergic to these parasites, and just one flea, tick or mite get on your dog can cause them to itch for a few days. Most of the time, your pet can take flea and tick prevention to help keep them from getting the nasty parasites that are causing them to itch.
Dryskin: Just like with people, dogs can also get dry skin. This can cause them to itch. This is most commonly seen in a cold dry month. Oatmeal baths and skin supplements can help soothe your pet's dry skin.
Anxiety:Anxiety can also cause your dog to itch. When your dog is anxious, they will scratch themselves, causing sores. By giving your pet something to do, such as a chew stick or toy to play with will help with their anxiety and give them something more appropriate to chew on.