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Itchy Skin

Dog Walker at the Park
Does your dog suffer from any of the following:


  • Hot spots

  • Itchy skin

  • Red areas

  • Loss of hair

  • Chewing their feet

Maybe you should consider what may be causing these problems?

  • Household chemicals such as bleach and other products contain sodium hypochlorite that irritates skin.

  • Garden and lawn products contain chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides that can irritate skin, paws and noses.

  • Laundry detergent – some contain dyes, chemicals and perfumes that cause itchy skin and may be missed when washing dog bedding or your own sofa!

  • Flouride in your water can be an irritant.

  • Shampoos can often contain SLS, propylene glycol and parabens that can irritate skin.

  • Remember that the skin is the biggest organ in the body and will absorb everything it comes into contact with.

  • Harvest mites are hideous little six-legged things in their larval stage and they inject a digestive enzyme into the dogs skin.  The mites feed on this for around 2-3 days before dropping off after they have increased in size by up to 4 times, similar to a tick.

Stick to the most natural and chemical free detergents to keep your home clean and try to use bottled (glass of course!) water.  A great way to test whether your water is pure is to see whether there is any slime around the bowl – this normally indicates that there could be fluoride in the water and can make a big difference if changed.


A raw diet can make a significant difference to a dogs skin.  Using oily fish that is full of omega 3 and 6 and essential fatty acids.  Often chicken is blamed for itchy skin and some dogs can be allergic to chicken as it is a very overfed protein.  Normally found in dry kibble and can often be feathers, beaks and other parts of chicken which is a waste product.  Organic chicken is often a different story and dogs that can’t tolerate commercial chicken diets, thrive on a good raw diet.

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