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Is your dog scratching? Here are some easy cures

It can be frustrating when your dog won't stop scratching, especially when you notice it is affecting the dog's skin. Luckily, there are some things you can do about it. Here are some easy cures for a dog that just won't stop itching.

Change Their Diet

One of the first things you should do when your dog has a problem with itching or scratching is to change their diet. You want to do this very slowly so they don't get an upset stomach. If you are currently feeding dog food with grain, switch to a grain-free variety. Many dogs are allergic to grains, and that might be what is causing the incessant itching. It is also good to talk with your vet for recommendations on pet foods. For instance, they may recommend that you choose only home-cooked food due to the dog's food allergies or that you avoid certain ingredients or brands of dog food. It can take a while before figuring out what food is causing the problem.

Massage Them With Vitamin E Oil

Dry skin is often the reason a dog starts itching and scratching incessantly. It is a good idea to add some moisture to their skin with vitamin E oil. Add a little vitamin E oil to your hands or directly to the dog's skin, then start massaging it into the skin. Your dog will enjoy the massage and the oil shouldn't burn. However, if the dog has open sores from scratching too much, you should be careful with those areas. Talk to your veterinarian before using vitamin E oil if your dog has sores or hot spots. You may also be able to get more moisture to their skin by giving them an oral vitamin, though this also requires talking to your vet first.

Switch to a Hypoallergenic Shampoo

You can also ease your dog's itching and provide more moisture to their skin by changing the type of shampoo you use. For a dog with bad skin allergies, hypoallergenic shampoo is recommended. It will not be made with any ingredients that commonly trigger a dog's allergies. It can ease their skin while reducing itching and scratching. It should also be safe to use even if your dog has sensitive skin, sores, or hot spots. Talk to your vet about a recommended type of hypoallergenic shampoo. There is also conditioner if dry skin has become a primary problem with your dog's skin.