Although an occasional itch may be normal, it can often be difficult to distinguish between an occasional itch and one that occurs often enough to indicate something more serious, so it’s important to rely on your dog’s body language—and your own instinct. Here are some signs that your dog may need medical treatment:

Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching in dogs

Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching

Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting in dogs

Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting

Foot chewing in dogs

Foot chewing

Itching and hair loss in dogs

Hair loss

Recurrent ear problems in dogs

Recurrent ear problems

Skin changes in dogs, like sores or darkened color

Changes in the skin, like sores or darkened color

Itching and skin redness in dogs

Redness of the skin

Itching and body odor in dogs

Body odor

If your dog exhibits any of the signs listed above, it’s possible that your dog may have an underlying skin condition. The good news is there is safe and effective treatment available for allergic itching. Talk to your veterinarian and click here to learn more about a treatment that can help lessen itch and inflammation caused by allergic skin disease.

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If your dog has frequent itching, your veterinarian can help!

For many years, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs, or antihistamines were the only treatment for itch relief in dogs. However, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs can have serious long-term side effects such as increased panting, liver disease, and risk of infection, and antihistamines can cause severe drowsiness.

There is another treatment available that decreases dogs’ itches and desire to scratch, while also reducing inflammation, redness or swelling of the skin. Get information about a treatment option for allergic itching.

Your vet can help with frequent dog itching.