Posted on November 23 2017
Why do I have an itchy dog or cat?
If you have been asking yourself this question, then you need to read on....
Seeing your furbaby scratching themselves in pain, and even causing their skin to bleed can be very upsetting as their owner. It's never nice to see them upset and in pain. So having a pet who is forever itching and scratching is something you want to put a stop to ASAP.
We have put together a guide of the main causes of an itchy pet, and also our top tops on how to help prevent and treat this.
This is perhaps the least common cause of an itchy dog. Some dogs can be allergic to certain proteins such as beef, dairy, chicken, etc, and also grains such as wheat, corn, rice, etc. These allergic reactions may be exhibited in a number of ways that can include skin inflammation and itching. It is important to get this diagnosed properly by a vet to establish what exactly they are allergic to.
Many dogs itchy skin is caused by seasonal allergies. These seasonal allergies seem to be most prominent during spring, summer, and autumn. This is mainly due to the warm and humid weather. Things such as blooming plants/flowers, grasses, weeds and trees are common contributors to seasonal allergies. You can help prevent the painful itching and scratching by regularly brushing and bathing your dog.
Perhaps the most commonly recognised cause of any itchy dog are fleas, ticks & mites. You will most likely notice your dog itching and scratching around their head, neck, base of their tail, anus or groin area. Fleas can also deposit 'flea dirt' which can appear to look like flakes of black pepper. If you notice a tick on your dog, never attempt to remove this yourself. It takes a special tool to remove ticks, so it's best to take your dog to a vet. Regularly giving your dog treatment for all of these will help to prevent them.
You can help your beloved furbaby in a number of ways:
- Seeking advice from your vet is a good idea to ensure there are no serious, underlying issues.
- Changing their diet can also help if this is the cause of the allergies.
- Topical creams especially made to help soothe and cool their skin.
- Giving them a daily supplement of fish oil to help alleviate the symptoms can really help.