My Dog ​​Does Not Stop Scratching!. 6 Reasons Why a Dog Scratches All the Time

If a dog scratches its face, ears, and back, until it bleeds or licks constantly, it must be helped. You have to find out why the dog is scratching continuously. The cause can be quite simple and something that can be fixed quickly, but it may also require a proper diagnosis from a veterinarian.

What is the most common cause of itching in dogs?

Despite all the chemicals and remedies on the market, fleas are still the leading cause of itching in dogs. This is also the main reason why people bring their dogs to the vet. Nobody will be able to imagine how often a vet gets to hear: “That can not be. My dog ​​has no fleas! “The first thing to do before bringing your dog to the vet for excessive scratching is to check the obvious: fleas. You can tell if a dog has fleas by doing the following:

  1. Comb with a flea comb (these are not expensive and worth the money) through the dog’s back, especially around the croup and tail..
  2. You may already discover some fleas. If not, at least black flakes may become visible. These are flea excretions, which are basically dried blood.
  3. Not sure if it’s flea excrements? Take the sample collected from your dog and drop it on a wet paper towel. If it is actually dried blood, it will turn red, confirming the presence of fleas.
Some dogs may be allergic to flea saliva, with the constant scratching then neatly adding to them. It is therefore important to tackle the problem at an early stage so that the fleas do not settle in the house and garden. 
Get a flea control (swallowing or external treatment) from your veterinarian. Include proven, alternative, and often non-chemically based agents to keep fleas under control.

What if fleas are not the cause of the itching?

What if fleas are not the cause of the itching?

No fleas? The problem can be harder to diagnose but can definitely be resolved. Other common causes of excessive scratching are:


If it seems to itch so much that the animal can not even sleep, consider the presence of mange. The most common type of mange is sarcoptic mange, which can also affect humans (watch out for small, itchy bites around your waist).

 This must be diagnosed by a veterinarian, but there are several good alternative therapies that you can try. The other type of mange, demodicosis, does not cause the intense itching that occurs with sarcoptic mange. In demodicosis, you will notice hair loss, sometimes accompanied by a bacterial infection and mild to moderate itching.

Contact allergies

If the dog is licking and chewing on his feet all the time, there may be a contact allergy. Contact allergies to certain foods cause redness and itching around the mouth. Contact allergies to shampoo cause itching in the dog, wherever and whenever the shampoo is used.

 Contact allergies are much rarer than fleas or mange; if you want to try to eliminate this problem, you have to eliminate everything the dog comes into contact with. Once the trigger has been identified, the problem can be tackled.

Food allergies

Food allergies for dog

If the dog itches everywhere, has swollen ears, or digestive problems, it could also be a food allergy. Several types of foods can cause allergies, and the only way to find out what ingredient is causing the allergy is to eliminate all potential allergens and feed something completely new. 

It is not enough just to change the brand, as many of them use the same fillers and the dog can still have problems. Once a good diet is found, you can either stick to it or start adding the old ingredients slowly until you find out what the animal is allergic to.

Environmental allergies

Allergies to environmental allergens (pollen from trees, grass, weeds, etc.) also cause itching in dogs. Animals with inhalation allergies, just like humans, can be confronted with problems at the same time each year. However, the allergen can also be something in the house and cause year-round problems. Allergy testing is the only way to find out the cause. The results are not very reliable, but other options do not exist.

Fungal and bacterial infections

Itching and excessive scratching may not be the main symptoms that sting when a dog has a fungal or bacterial infection. The itching is in comparison to the hair loss and malodor rather than a lesser and easily overlooked problem dar. It may be that a dog is infected only in some places on the skin (so-called “hot spots”) or a general infection exists.

How you can help your dog

help your dog

If your dog is scratching a lot and you want to give it a temporary relief, your vet might recommend:


Although steroids affect the dog’s immune system and have long-term unwanted side effects, they can help relieve itching in the short term. Steroids are used relatively frequently. If your dog feels so unwell that he can not sleep at night, they should definitely be considered.

Ciclosporin and Apoquel

Both medicines can provide the dog with temporary relief if steroids are not effective. Because allergies are caused by an overactive immune system, both drugs work by suppressing the immune system and causing the dog to produce fewer of the cells that make it scratch; These medicines should never be used long term.

Antihistamines: Some antihistamines are safe and have been used for years. Sometimes they work, sometimes not.

To Bathe

Bathing can be an excellent solution to itching. Shampooing the skin of the dog can moisturize the inflamed skin, help with contact allergies, and even help reduce inhalation allergies caused by the environment. Bathing the dog each time you find it causes a lot of scratching can end up taking a lot of time, but in some cases, it can be one of the most effective therapies available.

Dietary supplements

Omega fatty acids improve the quality of the skin and make your dog less sensitive to scratching when the inflammation is low. Some antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, also improve the quality of your dog’s skin. These products take longer to get the dog better, so you should start with more immediate therapies at the same time.


Most people expect antibiotics when they bring their dog to the doctor because of skin allergies, but these are only helpful if the skin is inflamed or the dog has severe dermatitis-like demodicosis.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies for Dog

Organic cider vinegar is an effective natural remedy for itching. Simply add a teaspoon to the dog’s drinking water to alkalize his body, or spray a dilute solution (half apple cider vinegar and half water) on the skin to prevent the fungus from spreading. 

Not all veterinarians will be discussing alternative therapies, so perhaps you should inform yourself about it and eventually visit a holistic veterinary practitioner. If you want to avoid the negative side effects of therapies such as chronic steroids and other immunosuppressive drugs, then switching to apple cider vinegar and some herbal remedies may be beneficial.

It is your own responsibility to Help your dog.

There is no excuse for your dog scratching. If he has severe pain and is bleeding, your dog needs help. If your dog has fleas, take care of it immediately to avoid further problems. If there is one of the other problems that I mentioned in this article, it will take more effort to help. It is important to fix the problem as soon as possible.