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The first conclusion we jump to when we notice our dog constantly scratching is fleas. But when you have checked for fleas, given your dog their regular flea treatment and they’re still irritated, then there’s another culprit.

So, once you’ve ruled out fleas, there are several reasons why your dog may be scratching, biting and licking all the time – like an allergy to grass or pollen, a skin disorder, disease or infection, dry and sensitive skin or it could even be in their genetic make-up or what food they are eating.

Certain products and shampoos contain chemicals and irritants that could also leave your dog itching. These irritants might dry out their skin, cause an allergic reaction or break down the skin’s natural barrier of protection.

Itchy skin is something you should always be aware of because all that scratching – while seemingly harmless at first – can result in secondary infections.

You can help soothe your dog’s dry, itchy skin with specifically formulated natural shampoo’s and sprays.  Ensure you wash their entire coat from head to tail and use a daily topical spray.


Allergy-prone, ultra sensitive dog shampoos

For more allergy-prone skin, constant itching or ultra-sensitive skin a gentle, restorative and fragrance-free dermal product can help, like the smith&burton Dermal Relief 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo. 100% natural with an abundance of antibacterial, antiseptic and restorative properties to help in the relief of dermis irritations and allergies. With Evening Primrose to reduce atopic and allergic skin conditions and Marula helps prevent a variety of skin conditions, with Manuka Honey too, with the added bonus of natural flea and insect control with Neem and Karanja oils.


Fragrance-free is best for dermal relief.

Using a fragrance-free product is best for ultra-sensitive and irritated skin as it is the safest choice possible. This means there are no masking agents, synthetic fragrances and no essentials oils. Lessening the chance of causing an allergic reaction. Look for products like smith&burton Dermal Relief 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo, 100% natural, no nasties, Fragrance-Free and packed-full of the healing properties to replenish, repair and heal a variety of skin disorders.


Follow with a fragrance-free topical spray and balm.

A daily topical spray can help give instant relief too. Ensure you select a natural, fragrance-free spray, as any added scents or nasty chemicals can cause further harm and irritation to your dog’s already damaged and sensitive dermis.

Using a product like smith&burton Dermal Relief Topical Spray is 100% natural and fragrance-free, crafted with the very best natural ingredients to assist in the relief of itchy, flaky, sore, irritated skin. With Neem and Marula oil with natural properties to help control fleas and insects and vitamin C for antihistamine benefits. It prevents further itching and licking to help protect the dermis.

This topical spray can be applied directly onto your dog’s skin, but please be careful not to spray onto the skin that looks raw or has an open wound.

To help heal any minor skin rash or irritation you can use a 100% natural balm such as smith&burton Heal & Protect Soothe Balm a remarkable, wonder balm expertly crafted to heal, protect and soothe the skin.


When to go to the vet

If you notice sores, severe rashes, wounds, hot spots, or inflamed skin or the itching is not improving, it is time to book an appointment with your vet. Your poor pup might be suffering from something chronic and, even when you are using the right dog products at home, the condition might persist. It is always best find out the source of your dog's scratching. Early detection and diagnosis can save you and your dog a lot of pain.