Allergic itch:

more common and more treatable than you might think!

Just like humans, every dog itches sometimes, but when you notice your dog is scratching, licking, rubbing or gnawing frequently or excessively, causing it to stop play, exercise or eating, or waking him (or even you!) from sleep, then it’s probably due to a medical problem, such as allergic dermatitis.

Allergic dermatitis is a common skin condition in dogs, causing them to itch and scratch, sometimes to the point of damaging the skin and causing infection. Common triggers include fleas, environmental factors such as pollen, mould or dust mites, food allergies, contact allergies e.g. to chemicals found in shampoos or carpet cleaners. 

How do you know your dog is itchy when they can’t tell you?

Scratching is one of the most obvious signs. You may be familiar with the frustration and worry that can arise when you're being kept awake at night by your dog’s scratching!

But did you know that other signs can also indicate that your dog is itchy?

  • Excessive licking
  • Rubbing
  • Chewing, biting or scratching
  • Rolling around a lot, as the dog tries to scratch its back
  • Hair loss, sores or darkened patches on the skin
  • Redness of the skin
  • Body odour
  • Head shaking

All dogs scratch from time-to-time but if your dog is showing any of these signs frequently and often they may be suffering from an uncomfortable allergic skin condition. Your vet can help!

Allergic itch in dogs can have a number of causes. These include:

  • Fleas and Mites
  • Bacterial infections
  • Food Allergies
  • Environmental allergens e.g. pollen dust mites, grasses

STEROID-FREE -
without nasty steroid side-effects

RELIEVES ITCH FAST -
so you and your dog can get back to enjoying life

PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE

Once your dog’s uncomfortable itching is relieved, your vet can work towards diagnosing and addressing the underlying cause of your dog’s skin condition.

Developments in our understanding of allergic itch in dogs have resulted in innovative steroid-free treatment option for itchy dogs.

Common steroid side effects Quality of life impact
Excessive appetite Begging for food, stealing food/scavenging, risks of comsuming foreign bodies e.g. kebab skewers
Excessive urination Begging to go out more frequently, "accidents" in the house, dealing with urine odours
Excessive drinking Having to fill the water bowl frequently, drinking from the toilet
Behavioural change Aggression, possessiveness about toys and food, not being "the same" dog, being lethargic and inactive, noisy panting

Until recently, vets didn’t have many alternatives to the use of steroids to treat itch in dogs. Unfortunately steroids can be associated with numerous unwanted side-effects that may affect your dog’s health, quality of life and even impact your own day-to-day routine. Some of these side-effects can even occur during only short courses of steroids.

Developments in our understanding of allergic itch in dogs have resulted in an innovative steroid-free treatment option for itchy dogs.

See your vet and ask about the steroid-free treatment that can relieve itching and make your dog comfortable, fast.

Until recently, vets didn’t have many alternatives to the use of steroids to treat itch in dogs. Unfortunately steroids can be associated with numerous unwanted side-effects that may affect your dog’s health, quality of life and even impact your own day-to-day routine. Some of these side-effects can even occur during only short courses of steroids.