Why does my dog itch?

Why is My Dog Itching?

Your dog scratching or itching every once in a while is totally normal and common. It’s just something dogs do! But when you notice it starts to become more severe, that’s when you may suspect it is more than just their regular itch. There are so many different things that can cause your dog to have itchy skin. Your mind may automatically jump to it being fleas, but there are actually many other things that cause skin irritations and excessive itching for your dog. Here are some ways to figure out what might be the culprit of your dog’s itching so that you can fix it!


Just as we can get bit or stung by insects, so can our dogs. They are pretty common, especially when our dogs start spending more time outside in the spring and summer. Often they causes little or no symptoms, but they can also cause very intense reactions. If you notice there is redness and swelling around a specific spot, this could be the spot of the sting. The bite may also cause hives or swelling.

If it poisonous or your dog has a bad reaction to the insect, there could be more intense reactions. If you notice any of these symptoms make sure you are taking your dog to get care, as these reactions can be severe. Your dog could also be stung by a bee or wasp, specifically in the nose or mouth since they like to sniff or snap at them. Try to remove the stinger with tweezers and apply antibacterial if this occurs.


Another cause of itching and irritation can be spiders. While most in North America aren’t poisonous, they can cause other issues. When your pup gets a spider bite, this can cause swelling around the bite and also pain in this area. The three spiders you should be aware of and also be able to identify are the brown recluse, black widow and hobo spider. The venom in these spiders can cause pain and more severe issues, so if your dog is bite by one of these seek help from a vet quickly.


Ticks can also cause a lot of itching and swelling on your dog’s skin that can be irritating. After you come in from a particularly wooded area or spending a long time outside with your pup, check them for ticks. If you find any, follow this guide for how to remove them.


One of the most common reasons your dog might be excessively scratching is indeed fleas. They may also bite their tail or rub against the floor or furniture to relieve their itch. When the itchiness is intense or continued, they may also have hair loss in some areas. It is important to treat fleas quickly to avoid them spreading around your home and causing extended pain for your pup. Try to catch fleas early before the bite, since the saliva is what actually causes the allergic reaction, and therefore the itching. There are many products that treat fleas!

Hopefully you now have more info to be able to correctly identify what is causing your dogs itch. Be sure to treat properly and your furry friend should be back to normal ASAP!