There are so many different reasons for itching in dogs. Many a times, when you see your dog suffering from intense itching, your immediate reaction is to run to the store and quickly buy a topical treatment to assist in relieving your pet’s discomfort. It is not typically a quick fix and ends up putting bandages on the underlying problem.
The first response is always to see your veterinarian. Getting feedback from a professional on how you can help improve the health of your pet’s skin is very important. Sometimes, several tests are recommended to help alleviate your pet’s reaction. However, note that your job is not yet complete. The action item does not stop after seeing your vet. Let’s start by looking at some of the reasons for itching in pets.
We love our dogs, we like to get them yummy delicious food. Unfortunately, many of the pet food can be a trigger to allergic reactions. They may be subtle at first but eventually result in itching and severe skin problems. Even though preservation is necessary to keep food consumption safe, the kind of preservative used, the levels and additives present can add more complications to your pet skin issues. Your pet's behavior towards his/her skin can actually reveal some information about the health of your pet.
Yes, pets do not sweat. However, their skin requires a certain amount of care to avoid flakiness and resulting dryness that can lead to pet itching. The change in weather leaves pets prone to skin dryness. Most pet’s are covered with hair and fur, and in some cases, you can’t really see the immediate skin issues until it becomes too late .
Prevention is always better. Making use of natural organic oils and pet moisturizer can help save you the headache that comes from intense itching. Note, that itching and scratching constantly can lead to a secondary skin infection. Imagine, if you scratched and aggravated your skin constantly, it won’t heal quickly. This applies to pets as well.
Apart from the detrimental impact of toxic pesticide on pet’s skin and yours, many people do not realize that it can take some time to completely get rid of the chemical pesticide residue on your pet's skin. This is particularly common with harsh toxic pesticides. Some of these pesticides promise 8 to 9 months of instant relief with no further application. This indicates the binding nature of some of these chemicals to not only the skin but the hair or fur of your pet.
Parasites or flea allergy
Insect bites can activate itching conditions which causes skin damage and inflammation. This type of itch associated with insect bites is called "Pruriceptive Itch". 
Tick and flea are a big issue. It’s amazing that many believe that it’s only important to take care of your pet’s skin with flea and tick product only during warm seasons.
This is not the case. Tick and flea becomes less active during the cold season, but are still present. Flea pupae is known to survive in cold weathers and can be as long as 5 days.
Tick on the other hand can be present, just less active. Note each tick carries its own pathogen and some can transmit lyme diseases. A year round prevention is advised for pet’s skin care.
A quick look into some suggested solutions to care for your pet’s skin
- Nutrition- Pay closer attention to what your pet is eating. Some people feed raw or homemade food that has shown excellent changes in their pet’s overall health. While this may not be an option for many, ensure that when buying food that you pay closer attention to the preservative and additives included in your pet’s food.
- Anti-itch oil – Use anti-itch oil to care for your pet’s skin. Not only is this a fantastic choice to take care of dryness but it also helps with skin repair and improves your pet’s general skin health.
- All year prevention control - Use natural flea and tick control spray as an all year prevention remedy. This will ensure that you don’t take a chance on potential flea pupae or tick entry into your home.
- Adding digestive Probiotic- This will help aid in not only food digestion but will build natural nutrients that will prevent your pet from inflammation responses such as allergies.
- Use supplements- Supplements are necessary in your pet’s diet. Adding supplements such as fish oil, kelp or flaxseed seed to your pet’s food will help boost your pet’s health.
- Use mild and gentle balance natural shampoos- Using less harsh shampoo such as sulfate free and mild coconut derived ph balanced shampoo will not only moisturize your pet’s skin and coat but can improve your pet’s skin. Some shampoos contain essential oils that will provide added skin protection. These essentials will help maintain healthy skin and prevent itching or infest problems.
- Applying occasional apple cider vinegar rinse into your pet’s bath protocol- Note that vinegar acidity kills bacteria.
- Carl Potenzieri and Bradley J. Undem, "Basic Mechanisms of Itch", Divisionof Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA,Clin Exp Allergy. 2012 January ; 42(1): 8–19.