Dog Itchy Skin and Dog Gas: Is There a Connection?

by on March 16, 2009

in Dogs, Health & Safety

by K.C. Jones

Is your dog’s itchy skin driving you crazy with the constant scratching? Does your dog have gas that can  clear a room, too? Have you ever thought there might be a connection between the non-stop scratching and foul odors filling your home?

Dog gas is essentially your dog eliminating toxins from his body. When the digestive system is unable to  process and utilize nutrients, noxious gas is the result. Another result of your dog’s inability to process these nutrients is poor nutrition, which is a major cause of your dog’s itchy skin.

Think about your own gas (yes, everyone has gas whether they admit it or not – it’s a natural bodily function). When you are healthy, eating healthy foods, you will likely have low amounts of gas that are not overly noxious. Eating certain foods will react differently in your body, some of these foods causing a
noxious gas, others not. A lot of it has to do with how well your digestive system can break down the foods and utilize the nutrients in the foods. When unable to break down the food, you can experience excessive gas, constipation, or diarrhea.

So, if your dog has persistent, noxious gas, it probably has something to do with his dog food. A lot of commercial dog foods are highly processed and have a low-nutrient value. This causes most of the dog food to just sit in his digestive tract, undigested and not utilized for the most part. This produces noxious dog gas, as well as dog itchy skin, as the skin is unable to get the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

The best thing to do if your pet is experiencing both dog itchy skin and dog gas is to change his dog food.

If you are feeding a commercial dog food, read the ingredient labels and look for a dog food that is natural, with minimal preservatives and additives, and has quality ingredients. Organic is best, but also tends to be the priciest (just like with human food). There are a few good, natural dog foods out there, but don’t be fooled by the pretty packaging and wording on the bag. Just because the bag says the dog food is well-balanced doesn’t mean a thing. Just because it shows pictures of beautiful vegetables and animals on the packaging doesn’t mean it contains quality ingredients in the bag. Always, always, always – look at the actual ingredients on the ingredient label!

If you are feeding homemade dog food, then your dog is already getting quality nutrients, however, one or more of those nutrients are not digestible for him. Every three or four days, try changing or removing one ingredient at a time to see which affects his noxious dog gas.

By changing your dog to a natural, quality dog food diet, you should see a change in your dog’s gas within a couple of days. However, your dog’s itchy skin can take a few weeks to correct itself, but you should observe a noticeable decrease in scratching after a few days.


Visit Stop Dog Itching at  to learn more about the causes and natural remedies for your dog’s itchy skin.

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1 James Moroson April 6, 2009 at 11:44 pm

You’ll find zoonOx is very effective for what you are looking for on the itching as well. We keep two cans around the house. One for our two dogs. Dog hot spots are gone in less than a week. Even the nasty recurring ones we see with our goldens, The high oxygen content is one of the best antiinflamatories out there. It is also antimicrobial and contacts anto oxidents. A nice product that does three steps to control itching in one application.

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2 Katie May 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I Use a supplement in my Dog’s food. A few scoops a day and I don’t have to worry about him itching himself, and I don’t have vacuum my house everyday due to dog hair.
Dinovite makes supplements for dogs and cats, and it helps them to digest their food better, and helps them to absorb their food better. My dog has alot more energy when he’s on the supplement. He’s 14 and i don’t think he even knows he’s not a puppy still :)
Here’s the link: http://www.dinovite.com

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3 Lucy June 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I have a friend who uses Dinovite on his dog who is very old and can hardly walk he has to keep him in the garage in the day while is at work because he can not hold his water any more but he comes in from work and he says the little fellow comes in and he is able to go to the mail box with
him he says he wants to make him comfortable and he feels the supplement has helped to do that
because the dog is still hanging in there.

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4 Ray@natural and herbal dog remedies December 31, 2009 at 12:36 am

Couldn’t agree more about going natural on the dog food. We have taken to making homemade dog food for our dogs (havenese) when they have intestional upsets. Got the idea and receipe from our vet. It is really simple – just boil and drain hamburger and rinse with water. Let cool and mix with boiled white rice. Mix and chill. Take out of refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.

Once they have really bad digestion just serve one or two teaspoons every 3/4 hours to see how they tolerate it. Gradually increase amount as they get better. This has worked for us very well and is very inexpensive to make.
.-= Ray@natural and herbal dog remedies´s last blog ..PUPPY KENNEL COUGH | HOME REMEDIES AND MORE =-.

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