A lot of dogs seen in vet offices are there for excessive scratching. What causes incessant scratching in the canine breeds more than in cats, rabbits or any other animal species?
The three biggest reasons for excessive scratching include:
There are many conditions, however, that causes dogs to scratch. Some of these dogs have an itchy rash, they lose hair from the scratching, or their hair tangles into knots that has to be removed, or they may just scratch incessantly.
The flea is the most common parasite that will make a dog scratch and itch incessantly. There are very effective flea treatments on the market today. If dog owners use these treatments as directed, they provide an effective way to protect the dog from fleas and itching. Even dogs who stay indoors most of the time should receive regular flea treatment to protect against fleas because fleas can be picked up in the park while going for a walk.
Mites are another common parasite that can cause the dog to itch incessantly. Mites can also be effectively controlled with regular treatments.
Allergies are frequently the cause of intense scratching in canines in general. If your dog is allergic to flea bites he can be miserable after only one flea bite.
Dogs can also be allergic to environmental allergies such as seasonal pollens, molds, and insects, and non-seasonal allergens such as house dust and house dust mites. These environmental allergies are similar to those people have. People usually sneeze or have congestion in the nose. Dogs usually itch from the same kind of allergens people will sneeze from.
Food allergies are another cause for a dog to itch. Dogs may be allergic to one or more ingredients in the pet food you are feeding. Food allergies are usually less common, but can be quite severe.
Symptoms of environmental allergies can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, shampoos and other medications. Allergy testing and hypo sensitization will most likely be recommended to find the exact underlying cause or disease.
Another cause of scratching in dogs in general is bacterial and yeast skin infections. Usually a bath in Betodine Scrub every 7 days for 4 weeks takes care of this type of problem. Pouring the Betodine Scrub directly into the ears provides wonders for these cases.
Bacterial infections may look like small bumps on the skin. Yeast skin infections are smelly and greasy as well as itchy. The infections are easily cured, but sometimes the underlying cause must be found if the infections are recurrent.
The causes to your dog incessant itching can be found and remedied. They do not have to be tormented by constant itching.
Source: Connie Limon. Visit us at http://www.stainglassshihtzus.com, http://www.thefreelibrary.com