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Itchiness, Desire to Scratch, Chew or Lick Causing Inflamed Skin in Dogs




The treatment given will be dependent upon the underlying cause for the condition. If the dog's diet is causing the skin irritation and the desire to scratch, dietary modifications will be recommended. Medicine may be given orally, by injection, or as a medicated topical (external) ointment to minimize or eliminate the desire to scratch.


Living and Management


Pruritus requires ongoing treatment and can be frustrating for the dog's owner if progress is not made. Administering the prescribed medications will help to reduce or eliminate the desire for the dog to scratch. Dietary modifications may also be called for.




There are currently no known preventative measures, but with maintenance and treatment, recurrence can be avoided or minimized.



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