Itching in dogs can be a common and distressing problem. There are various causes of itching, from allergic reactions to parasitic infections. In this article you will learn more about the possible causes and what treatment options are available. We also go into the importance of nutrition, especially with regard to industrially produced dry food, which often contains undesirable ingredients and can cause itching and intolerance.
Causes of Itching in Dogs: A Multifaceted Problem
Itching in dogs can have various causes, including food allergies and intolerance, flea infestations, fungal infections, dry skin or even psychological factors. It is important to determine the exact cause in order to initiate targeted treatment. A veterinarian can conduct a thorough examination and run tests to identify the cause.
The role of nutrition in itching: dry food and intolerance
In some dogs, the itching may be due to an intolerance to certain ingredients in the food. Industrially produced dry food often contains artificial additives, colors and preservatives that can cause itching in sensitive dogs. It is important to be critical of the food, especially diet or hypoallergenic foods that are not always suitable for dogs. Dogs with intolerances should be provided with a fresh and high-quality diet. Switching to quality wet food can be a good solution to reduce itchiness and improve skin health.
Treatment options for itching in dogs
Treatment for itching in dogs depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, medical treatment may be needed to fight infection. Depending on the diagnosis, the vet may recommend special shampoos or topical creams. It is important to have regular follow-up visits to monitor progress. If a hypoallergenic dry food is recommended, but caution is advised, as this is not a solution and the dog can go from bad to worse. A look at the declaration of such feed quickly explains why this is so. But the vet recommended it, you might think. Well, then you still have something to learn. Please read the book: Dogs would live longer if … Black Book Veterinarian by Dr. Jutta Ziegler. But fortunately there are also natural remedies that have proven themselves for irritated skin.
Natural support for itching
DOG FIT by PreThis® SHINE has proven effective for dogs with itching, dandruff and skin inflammation. With Omega 3, 6 and 9, SHINE supports the skin’s moisture retention, relieves inflammation (hot spots) and brings the skin back into balance. However, it is important to determine the exact cause and not use SHINE as a substitute for it. It is very well suited for acute treatment, but please start with the food when investigating the cause. Sometimes a so-called elimination diet is necessary to find out what the dog has developed an intolerance to. Switching to a hypoallergenic dry food is not a solution, as can not be said often enough. This is an invention of the feed industry and anything but healthy for dogs.
You don’t understand the declaration on the feed? You don’t have to be embarrassed, because there is often a system behind it. Please ask us and we will be happy to help you. For dogs with very pronounced intolerances, a needs-based feeding plan must be drawn up. There are specialized nutritionists for this. Unfortunately, many veterinarians do not have this additional qualification, as is unfortunately often the case with doctors from the human area.
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