Dog Scratching-Here’s Why and How to Stop it for Life

A daschund looks up from his bowl of kibble in hope of real foodThe vast number of pet products for itchy skin proves that excessive dog scratching is a health issue many pet owners tend to come up against.

There is no doubt it can be heartbreaking to watch a canine companion who can seem to get no respite from itchy skin. That is why most pet owners will pull out the stops and try everything from oatmeal baths to natural shampoos and various homemade remedies in search of a permanent itchy skin solution. However, too many solutions are often short lived or don’t work at all. That is when both the dog and its owner find themselves sitting in their veterinarian’s office.

Why is My Dog Scratching?

Skipping the whole rigmarole of messy, costly remedies and trips to the vet begins with understanding that 90% of health problems in dogs are diet related. Just as with humans, the skin is the largest organ of a dog’s body and keeping it healthy wholly depends on a good balance of proper nutrition. Without it, a dog’s skin not only becomes itchy, the sebaceous glands which feed the coat can no longer support the hair follicles. This is when a coat becomes dull and brittle with constant shedding. To see a dog scratching constantly is a sign that the skin is in distress due to a lack of proper nutrients.

Many pet owners would never guess that their dog’s commercial pet food diet is deficient in anything. After all, who would know better about proper canine nutrition than a dog food company?

As stated by leading dog-health author, Ann N. Martin, “The pet food industry claims that its products constitute a ‘complete and balanced diet‘ but, in reality, commercial pet food is unfit for human or animal consumption. The pet food industry, a billion-dollar, unregulated operation, feeds on the garbage that otherwise would wind up in landfills or be transformed into fertilizer.”

The truth is, commercial pet foods not only lack proper nutrients, they are filled with a chemical cocktail of preservatives, additives and other chemicals; none of which a dog’s physiology was ever designed to process. Dogs are made to ingest these toxins each day which then collect in the skin as they wait to be excreted as waste. The result is a dog scratching a lot and to the point that skin can start to break open causing secondary infection.

In addition, commercial pet foods can never offer a dog the proper balance of nutrients because they are cooked over extreme high heat which effectively alters and destroys much needed proteins and vitamins.

How to Stop a Dog From Scratching?

The only way for a dog to get a proper balance of nutrients is with a diet based on nature’s best- a raw food diet. It is what the canine species was developed on over millions of years and their physiology knows exactly what to do with the live enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavinoids, vitamins, minerals in addition to its full range of over 35 proteins. Plus, with no chemical additives to collect in their canine companion’s skin, a pet owner can breathe easy knowing the permanent solution for putting an end to dogs scratching has finally been found.

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About Dan

Dan is an experienced dog nutrition and home remedy specialist, helping pet parents heal chronic dog health problems with healthier kibble, home cooked and raw food diets and using effective, safer natural home remedies for a healthier, happier and longer lived dog.


  1. Garbage in, garbage out. There is a reason for that saying.

    Quality diet is the corner stone of health.

  2. Rosina Aveni says

    Hi, I like your blog Dog Scratching: Here’s Why and How to Stop it for Life | Healthy Dog for Life and have published it on Digg 🙂 !

    Rosina Aveni

  3. Hi Rosina
    Thankyou for your kind words, much appreciated… oh and thanks for the Digg.

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