There are quite a few different causes of itchiness in dogs and they require different treatments. It is very difficult to give advice without examining the dog. It is always best to see a vet where possible.
General advice would include the following:
1. Ensure very good flea control, even if you do not see any fleas. Frontline is a very good non-prescription treatment.
2. Use a medicated shampoo to help control bacteria and yeasts living on the skin. Coatex Medicated Shampoo is a good example.
3. Provide a hypoallergenic diet. Sometimes this alone will make a dramatic difference, but for some dogs it makes no difference at all. It all depends on the indvidual causes for the itchiness. Purina Veterinary Diet HA is a good exaple.
4. Provide an oil supplement to the diet which can help to condition the skin. Efavet capsules are very good ones, though there are cheaper alterntives.
Sunday 20th January 2013