Take your dog on a Pupnic with YuMEGA – and Win!

*This is a collaborative post

At this time of year so many people feel the effects of hayfever and other allergies, especially when they are out of the house. But, it’s not just people who experience it – allergies can effect dogs too, with them itching constantly because of it!

So many dogs experience flare ups in the summer – and lots of dogs have a poor barrier function – making their skin more vulnerable to irritants and allergens. I know from experience that our family dog, Jasmine, gets itchy from running through long grass and the more she itches the more itchy her skin becomes and it’s hard to know how to make things easier for her at this time of year.

But dogs can be allergic to not just grass and tree pollens but also dust mites and flea dirt – meaning that good flea protection is essential for dogs with itchy skin. But, you can’t really keep a dog away from grass and the great outdoors can you? – dogs just love to run, play fetch and be outside – so what can you do?

Well Lintbells, makers of YuMEGA Itchy Dog, sent us a hamper of their YuMEGA Itchy Dog product and other gifts to help both Jasmine and her family get outside and enjoy more of the summer months. The hamper included a pack of dog snacks, a portable water bowl for Jasmine and a water bottle for us, a dog toy, biodegradable poop scoop bags and a microfiber cloth to prepare us for irritations and itches, letting us give Jasmine a wipe down whenever she needs one.

There was also plenty of YuMEGA Itchy Dog to keep Jasmine itch-free all summer long. It contains a mix of omega oil, Golden Flax, Starflower oil and Salmon oil which help to soothe itching and calm sensitive skin.

We are now planning on taking Jasmine with us for plenty of picnics – or Pupnics! Picnics are a great way of walking the dog but with more purpose, combining it with seeing new places and really just having a slower pace of life.

If you have an itchy dog, here are 10 ways to help reduce their itching:

  1. Do make an appointment to see your vet if your dog has an itch – broken skin can become infected with bacteria, yeasts or fungi and the more your dog scratches the more damage they can do.
  2. Do wipe your dog down your dog using the microfiber cloth after they have been outdoors to reduce exposure to allergens that have attached to the coat.
  3. Do talk to your vet about regular flea treatment – many skin problems are associated with fleas and they may not always be visible as they can jump on and off your dog.
  4. Do use YuMEGA Itchy Dog to support skin health – simply add YuMEGA Itchy Dog to your dog’s food
  5. Do feed a good quality diet but be aware that some omega oils are easily damaged during processing and storage of food and giving a high quality supplement such as YuMEGA Itchy Dog is the only reliable way to ensure you give enough.
  6. Dogs can experience allergies to inhaled substances like dust mites indoors and pollens outdoors and some are sensitive to certain foods. Do talk to your vet if you think your dog could have a food allergy – it’s not enough to switch flavours, varieties or even brands. Some dogs with food allergies get itchy ears and no other signs.
  7. Do not ignore the problem hoping it will get better – sometimes dogs can be allergic to one allergen but eventually become allergic to multiple allergens and seasonal allergies can eventually become year round problems.
  8. Do keep an itch diary – recording when the itch got worse and anything that happened around that time.
  9. Do bath your itchy dog frequently with a good quality dog shampoo recommended by your vet to help remove allergens from your dog’s coat. Don’t use human shampoos on your dog as they are formulated for human skin which has a different level of acidity compared to dog’s skin.
  10. Do wash bedding using soap flakes rather than washing powder. Washing at high temperatures also removes dust mites. Toys that can’t be washed can be popped in the freezer in a plastic bag to kill off dust mites.

I have teamed up with Lintbells, makers of YuMEGA Itchy Dog, to give away a fantastic hamper and bottles of YuMEGA Itchy Dog so that you can enjoy your own Pupnics, free of itching and prepared for any eventuality. To enter simply complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

You can find out more about YuMEGA Itchy Dog here.

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84 Comments

    • Lynn Barnes
      July 2, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the chance to win for my Barney xx

  1. Tracy Nixon
    June 5, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Check the ingredients in your dog’s food . One of the most common causes of itchy skin are food allergies. Ingredients to watch out for include corn wheat or soy which are common allergy triggers. Our chihuahua has food allergies, and since switching to Orijen, a natural food, her itching has stopped!

  2. June 5, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    My best friend’s ex-boyfriend’s dog had the most ridiculous skin allergies – she would scratch all her fur out after a walk in long grass 🙁

  3. Susan Smith
    June 5, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I have a powder which i have to spray on our little ones fur, but normally if i give her a good bath, she is ok

  4. June 5, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    When I first read this title and thought it said take your dog on a picnic it immediately reminded me of when my dog was a puppy and when off lead in the park she cleared a picnic blanket of food luckily the picnicers saw the funny side and I learnt not to take the lead off until we were well away from anyone having a picnic

  5. laura stewart
    June 5, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    lots of love x

  6. Vicki D.
    June 6, 2017 / 4:46 am

    I always wipe my dog down after he’s been outside….you never know what they could be allergic too. My vet is definitely my first port of call if itching is severe.

  7. Angela Boucher
    June 6, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Regular flee treatment and a good healthy diet.

  8. Iris Tilley
    June 6, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Use a good shampoo and read the food label ingredients

  9. anthony harrington
    June 6, 2017 / 9:32 am

    wonderful! *woof woof*

  10. June 6, 2017 / 10:19 am

    This post makes me want a dog!

  11. Jo Carroll
    June 6, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Your list is brilliant, pretty much covers everything I reckon? I think it’s more important than ever in the summertime to brush your dog down and to check his coat and paws for irritants…especially those nasty seeds that can get stuck in the skin and develop into bigger problems later on.

  12. Graham Ross
    June 6, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Use a suitable shampoo to try and reduce the itchness

  13. stuart hargreaves
    June 6, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Regularly wash after a walk its easy with a Jack Russell

  14. Sheena Batey
    June 6, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I think it is a case of shampoo and check for nasties regularly.

  15. Louise A
    June 6, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    My top tip is regular grooming so you can keep an eye out for fleas, ticks etc. Fortunately we have 2 whippets and its fairly easy to see any problems because of their short hair

  16. Jo Richards
    June 6, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Take a look at the ingredients of the food you are feeding them as this can cause itchiness

  17. Solange
    June 7, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Regular flea treatments and always read the food label ingredients.

  18. Amy Fidler
    June 8, 2017 / 10:02 am

    A good shampoo helps x

  19. rebecca nisbet
    June 11, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    i believe in a healthy diet, and grooming, we make sure our dog goes to the groomers regularly.

  20. Vicky Lewis
    June 12, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    My poor border collie Skye has terrible seasonal allergies. She does react to vegetation my best best tip is to look at their diet, as Skye improved a lot when we switched her to grain free Lily’s Kitchen.

  21. tony feighan
    June 13, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    i use a spray which stops it for while

  22. Katie Skeoch
    June 13, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Brush that cost through, my collie gets terribly itchy when his winter coat hasn’t been brushed out!

  23. Hollie Thorman
    June 16, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Coconut oil is good for itchy fur! I put. Stunt amount in with my furry babies food each day

  24. Hollie Thorman
    June 16, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Coconut oil is good for itchy fur! I put a small amount in Hugo’s food each day

  25. suzi moore
    June 19, 2017 / 9:38 am

    i use a soothing spray but it does not stop Beanie itching, wish i could help her, she loves the fields but suffers when we get home

  26. fiona waterworth
    June 19, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    lots of brushing especially when its hot or they are molting, then vets if this does not help, just to make sure its not a tick

  27. Elizabeth Smith
    June 19, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    It is difficult to know what exactly helps because when I see my dogs in distress I try to do everything and anything to help but an oatmeal bath seems to help. I stick some rolled oats in a food processor and blitz them, put them in a cloth and tie over the tap as I run a lukewarm bath. Could do without temperatures in the 30s too!

  28. Tasha
    June 20, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I regularly groom and my dog and using a stop itching shampoo

  29. Rich Tyler
    June 21, 2017 / 2:07 am

    Coconut Oil & Grooming

  30. Stevie
    June 21, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I too think keeping an eye on a healthy diet is key.

  31. emma jamison
    June 22, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Lots of grooming and a healthy diet

  32. James Kelly
    June 23, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Keep the dog clean, well groomed and a healthy diet,

  33. Linda Hunt
    June 23, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Regular bathing and grooming, especially after being in long grass.

  34. Kirsty Hosty
    June 24, 2017 / 6:39 am

    Washing bedding regularly and also keeping a food diary for your pet to see if you notice a trend in triggers

  35. Andrea Dalziel
    June 24, 2017 / 11:37 am

    I always keep my dog brushes to stop her overheating and wipe her with a cold damp flannel if she looks hot.
    I also pop her bed pillow into a carrier bag and place it in the freezer to chill it and she loves the cold feeling when it goes back!

  36. Lorraine Mabbitt
    June 24, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Piriton

  37. Jayne Townson
    June 24, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Good grooming and a good dog shampoo.

  38. Jane Gorton
    June 24, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Regular flea treatments. I believe that coconut oil soothes them as well.

  39. maria blythin
    June 25, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    keep bedding clean and flea treatments x

  40. nicky pearce
    June 26, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    flee treatment and a good diet.

  41. jo ogden
    June 28, 2017 / 9:09 am

    i only give him allergy free dog food and his basket that he sleeps in as a dust free overlay that is is easily to remove his fur

  42. Carol Boffey
    June 29, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Washing there bedding alot

  43. Sheri Darby
    June 29, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Good flea treatments

  44. Petra
    June 29, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Definitely flea removal and treatment

  45. Allison Sherwood
    June 30, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Don’t over bath your dog as it can lead to itchy irritated skin.

  46. Debi
    June 30, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Make sure when you bath them to rinse completely. Nothing itches like shampoo not completely rinsed off.

  47. janine atkin
    June 30, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    bathing and flea treatment

  48. Gemma Cook
    June 30, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    A healthy diet and regular flea treatments.

  49. Victoria Prince
    July 1, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I would say my best tip for treating itchy dogs is to treat both them and the environment for fleas, as that’s the most common cause even if there are no apparent signs!

  50. Diana
    July 1, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Using a good shampoo

  51. Susan B
    July 1, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    A towel rub is sometimes helpful to relive itching skin.

  52. Josh Gough
    July 1, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Cocount and oil grooming

  53. kellie mcleod
    July 1, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Keep your dog fur clean and wash bedding often

  54. Nancy Bradford
    July 1, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Have a play with the sprinkler with him and the kids x

  55. Allan Fullarton
    July 1, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Regular vet visit and grooming.

  56. Katie
    July 1, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Regular grooming

  57. Michaela Smith
    July 1, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    A trip to the vets – regular flea treatments 🙂

  58. donna l jones
    July 1, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    regular flea treatment

  59. Anthea Holloway
    July 1, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Keep them cool and avoid the long grasses.

  60. ADEINNE TONNER
    July 1, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    My tip is grooming them every day even twice a day and checking their fur all the time.

  61. Jenny Jones
    July 1, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    lots of brushing and regular baths 🙂

  62. Lesley Bain
    July 1, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I’ve no idea as yet! My puppy is 16 weeks old. First dog I have ever had. I treat her for fleas regularly so I don’t think it is that, but we live beside woods and the beach and walk there every day. She gets so itchy and I’m not sure what is causing it. I try to bathe her regularly with hypo allergenic dog shampoo and try to take her mind off of the itch when she is scratching so she doesn’t cause damage. I never thought of wiping her with a cloth after being out I will certainly try that too.

  63. Kay Broomfield
    July 1, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Keeping them groomed so they don’t get too much oil build up on their skin which can cause unnecessary itching.

  64. Adrian Bold
    July 1, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Regular flee treatment and baths

  65. paula cheadle
    July 2, 2017 / 12:44 am

    check for flea’s, dry skin or red patches, could have an allergy

  66. Gemma Massey
    July 2, 2017 / 4:35 am

    Regular trips to the vets and make sure they don’t get to hot by keeping them cool, in the shade, cooling coats, lots of water

  67. Allan Wilson
    July 2, 2017 / 7:10 am

    I’m in the coconut oil camp. We use it on all our animals.

  68. Karen Durrant
    July 2, 2017 / 7:52 am

    definately check ingredients in the food you give them

  69. Chris Bull
    July 2, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Good and thorough grooming

  70. Kerry Locke
    July 2, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Cool shower and rub down after walking

  71. Emma Middleton
    July 2, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I give her a good hose down in the garden which she loves then towel dry and a good brush, most of it is loose hair anyway

  72. July 2, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    regular flee supervision, good nutrition , love nice baths and lots of love, it always help 😉

  73. Louise Burgess
    July 2, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Lovely giveaway you have to keep them cool and use your hands to feel for lumps/differences on your dog

  74. Derek Wilson
    July 2, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Dog shampoo made with natural ingredients, and regular brushing.

  75. Hali Kinson
    July 2, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Spray water helped my dog

  76. Gemma Found
    July 2, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    According to our Vet, dogs can take Piriton so buy this as it is cheaper than getting a prescription from the vet.

  77. Alison McClean
    July 2, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I have a Lhasa apso & a Shih tzu who both have very sensitive skin so I try and feed them a healthy diet with very little red meat because that seems to set them off.

  78. Carol Phile
    July 2, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    We dip Bertie’s paws in tepid water after he’s been out

  79. Teresa sheldon
    July 2, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    We wash milo in dry skin shampoo regularly and this seems to keep it under control that and a good brush everyday which he loves

  80. Natalie Crossan
    July 2, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Putting them on a nice cold mat – my lily loves that xx

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