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Grooming Services to Help Your Itchy Dog

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If you have an itchy dog, professional grooming services can help to treat your dog’s itch and soothe irritated skin. A professional groomer cannot diagnose the cause of your dog’s irritation though, so it is best to consult with a veterinarian to find out why your dog is so itchy; once your veterinarian has made a diagnosis you can hand your dog’s treatment plan over to the groomer.

External Parasite Treatments for the Itchy Dog

External parasites such as mange, ticks and fleas are some of the most common causes of an itchy dog. Fleas and ticks can be treated with an anti-parasitic shampoo and topical flea/tick treatment application. Mange treatments require prescription dips or shampoos – most groomers carry these prescription products but you may also need to purchase the products through your veterinarian and then bring them to the groomers; in many cases of mange, repeated dips may be required to treat the problem and stop your dog’s itch for good.

Itchy Dog Soothing Shampoo and Conditioning Treatments

If your dog has itchy skin due to allergies, ask your groomer to give your dog a bath in soothing shampoo and conditioning products which contain ingredients such as oatmeal and aloe. You can also reduce your dog’s allergic skin symptoms by washing all bedding and dog clothes in hypoallergenic laundry detergent and using stainless steel food and water dishes.

Dog scratching and itching can also be caused by external yeast infections on the skin or hot spots which may also be resolved with soothing veterinarian prescribed shampoos that will kill surface yeast and bacteria without further irritating skin.

Itchy Dog Coat Trims

Sometimes dogs just get itchy because they are dirty; sand, dirt, burrs, and other bits and pieces from the outdoors tend to become trapped in a dog’s coat, and washing out these irritating souvenirs from the outdoors can dramatically reduce your dog’s urge to scratch. Try to schedule a standing appointment with your groomer – such as the 15th and 30th of every month – to help your dog stay clean.

A coat trim may also reduce a dog’s urge to itch as a heavy or tangled coat can become irritating – especially in the heat. Talk with your groomer about the best type of trim for your itchy dog, or consider a complete shave down if your dog is especially sensitive to the heat.

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