How to Stop Dogs From Itching

How to stop dogs from itching

You love your dog. He’s your best friend. When you see your dog scratching himself continuously, you feel sorry for him but you’re not sure what to do. You may ask, how to stop your dogs from itching? You may try different treatments, but none of them work for your furry friend. This can be frustrating. In this post, we will discuss why your dog is itchy and how to stop him from itching.

How to stop dogs from itching

There are 3 main causes for dogs to itch: fleas, food and environment. When your doghow to stop dogs from itching’s skin is itchy, you can use all 3 treatments at the same time to stop the itchiness; or you can go one by
one until you find the real cause of the problem.

Note: Your dog can have more than one reason for his itchy skin, for example, both fleas and food can make him itchy…

I recommend to treat them one by one to perform an elimination test. If you treat your dog with fleas and see no result, then he must suffer allergies from food and/or the environment; if you try both fleas and food treatments and it still doesn’t work, it is very likely that your dog is suffering from environmental allergies.


Fleas are very allergenic. A single flea can cause flea allergy dermatitis, which can make your dog itchy at the bite site; usually around the neck, anus, head, tail base, and groin areas.
Preventing your dog from fleas is a long time battle. The reason is because fleas lay eggs. Most fleas live in the environment, not on your pets. You can kill fleas in your dog’s skin; but their eggs can still be in the house; and they can jump back onto your dog’s skin after the treatment.
It is recommended that you treat your dog with flea medication monthly for at least 3 months to ensure that there is no flea in your home. The best flea medication that I recommend is Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control, you can click on the picture to check out the product.


Food allergies are tricky to treat since there are many options out there. The most common allergens are beef, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, corn, lamb, chicken, pork, rabbit and fish. Most dogs are allergic to more than one thing.

To find out what food your dog is reacting to, your vet will likely put your dog into an elimination diet. Your pet can start the diet by having only one or two types of food, such as sweet potatoes and ground turkey. Once you know that your dog does not react to these 2 types of food, you can move on and add another type, such as, fish.

Gradually, by adding different foods to your dog’s diet, you will find out what causes your dog’s allergic reaction. This will help you choose the perfect diet for your fur baby.

Fortunately, there are numerous food diet for dogs that you can choose from; so finding appropriate food for your pet after knowing his allergens, is a simpler task. There are a variety of food combination you can choose.

If you try different food combinations and it doesn’t work, it is likely that your pet is allergic to the environment.


You should check with your vet if your pet suffers environmental allergies. Your vet will conduct an allergy test to find a positive diagnosis atopy (inhalant dermatitis). He can either perform a blood test or intradermal skin testing. Both tests can determine what substances your dog may be allergic to, such as pollens, dusts and molds. As a results, he will give you a better solution to prevent your fur baby from environmental allergies.

How to stop dogs from itching was last modified: June 17th, 2017 by PetLover


  1. I have an Aussie and I’m not sure why but he is constantly scratching himself. I feel bad for him but I’m not sure why. I tried flea medication but he is still itching. You said that I have to keep using it for at least 3 months?

    1. Author

      Hi Robyn.
      Yes, You should use the flea medication for at least 3 months. Like I explain above, fleas live not only on your pet’s body, but also in your environment. Fleas can lay eggs. Therefore, it may take you a while before killing all fleas in your home. Some vets even recommend to use flea medication for the whole year.

  2. My dog is scratching and itching for a while now. We live in Florida and the fleas are pretty intense here. We’ve been doing flea medication for our dogs for 2 months now. I think they’re getting better. However, there are times when they’re still scratching themselves, should I go ahead and try food elimination diet?

    1. Author

      I think if they’re getting better, you can wait for a couple more months; because the medication works. I know fleas are pretty bad in Florida. If your dogs are still itchy in a few more months, you can start the diet or bring your dogs to the vet for allergic tests.
      Thanks for sharing Brandon 🙂

  3. My poor dachshund baby has allergies really bad. I feel SO horrible when he gets hit hard with them. We give him flea meds religiously every month, and after testing him for food allergies, my vet said it is just environmental. Unfortunately we have had to turn to antihistamines and steroids as needed (although I have heard long-term steroid use isn’t good, and I STILL don’t like it)… But since then, it has really, really helped. Great tips you have here, changing his diet to grain-free (that’s all we use now… and he loves it) also helped tremendously during the whole process. Thank goodness! I hated to see him suffer.

    1. Author

      Hi Jen,
      I’m sorry that your dog has to suffer bad allergies. Environmental allergy is probably the most tricky one. I guess if antihistamines and steroids are recommended by your vet, it would be okay. I’m glad that your dog is feeling better now. Changing his diet to grain-free is a great decision. THanks for sharing Jen.

  4. Well done and very informative. I just assumed our shichon scratched because it was its breed. We’ve never changed or thought of food allergies. We are going to try your advice with different food types. Can you recommend how long between changing foods? Could we notice immediately or will it take time?

    1. Author

      Hi Patrick,
      It can take 2 weeks to 2 months to see the improvement depending on how bad the food allergies are. I wouldn’t change your dog’s food too quickly. You should start with only one or 2 foods, and then gradually add more type of foods for your dog later on. I’m glad that this help.
      Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi,
    Wish we’d come across this website when our old dog was suffering, we could have taken a more systematic approach to diagnosing the route cause of the problem.
    He had multiple allergies and was always scratching particularly his ears which ended up getting sore.
    Our vet gave him steroid injections and various prescriptions to help clean his ears and affected areas. It was mostly a case of damage limitation tho just alleviating the symptoms and never really getting to the route cause of the problem .

    1. Author

      Hi Paul,
      I understand. Steroid seems to be the last result to fight the problem. However, it is not too late. You can still try the food diet to see if it helps.
      Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have a dog but he does not scratch but I am glad I have found your site because I have read a couple of your posts and thought you are the one to turn to when I have questions related to dogs or even cats maybe (I have a car too)

    Thanks for sharing and have a great day

    1. Author

      Hi Anis,
      Yes you can check on our sites to see numerous tips, tools and useful information on how to take better care for our pets.
      Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great article thank you. I have to chow chow’s and experienced excessive itching on my male. I originally figured it’s fleas at treated him accordingly. After the second treatment I realized it’s not fleas as he was still itchy. After a lot of research and friends advice I figured out my boy was allergic to something in his diet. After changing his food he has never had the problem.

    1. Author

      Hi Jean,
      That’s awesome. Yea a lot of allergies come from food diet. I’m glad that you found the problem and solution for your dog’s allergies. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Author

      Pets can be allergic to many things just like human. Flees are definitely one of the most common causes for itching though.

  8. Thanks for the post. My dog doesn’t have this issue right now and I’m very diligent in giving her Frontline monthly, especially during the warmer months. Ticks are a particular issue but I like how it provides broad spectrum protection. Great product and you provide great information. Thanks.

  9. Thanks for this info. Fleas are no joke, and can be so tough to eradicate completely. And for homes with old-timey wood floors, for example, you have to be really vigilant about vacuuming up BETWEEN each of them to get out all the flea eggs. That, or take a weekend off and set off a bug bomb.

  10. That was a great article. I have two huskies and I have never had any problems with incessant scratching thank goodness. But this article would be good to pass along to people who do!!

  11. I find this post very informative.
    My grandpa has this dog that’s always scratching and we can’t seem to figure out what the problem is. We just always thought it must be the fleas.
    Definitely passing on this information to him. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      Yea it’s hard to figure what the real problem of dog’s itching. However, if he follows these steps that I mention. I’m sure his dog will feel much better soon!

  12. Hey man,

    very detailed post.

    My Pitbull had itchy skin too. We tried all sorts of stuff. In the end I ended up using neem oil and neem based soap. It helped a lot.

    I know food and environment plays a big part to but find most vets clueless when it comes to this.

    Vets tend to want to recommend injections and pills without realizing that the root causes are not being addressed.


  13. I feel so bad for my dog sometimes. His scratching gets so bad and when i’m not home to stop him his ears start to bleed. My veterinarian actually recommended Frontline and after reading the article it’s nice to know that the community agrees. Shampoos were just not cutting it. Time to upgrade!

    Thanks for the great review 😉

  14. I don’t have a dog but planning to get one. Nice of you to share your knowledge on how to stop Dogs from itching. I guess It will be helpful in case my dog suffers from itching problem. Now I know what to to.

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