Is your dog constantly itching, scratching, chewing or biting themselves? This troubling habit usually indicates an allergy, infection or skin disease that is abnormal. Certainly, there is not a dog out there that at some point will not scratch from time to time. But, continuous scratching is sign of a bigger problem. The technical term for excessive scratching is a condition called pruritus. Your pet’s constant need to scratch can be triggered by a myriad of reasons. It may be time to seek a professional diagnosis and remedy to get your furry friend back to normal.
There are many possible causes for Itchy skin that triggers excessive scratching. Oftentimes, food, environment or diseases are front runners when it comes to diagnosing chronic scratching. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs with low tolerances for certain food ingredients. If the food your dog eats causes an allergic reaction, excessive scratching in one behavior indicator. Other signs include swelling or digestive issues like vomiting or diarrhea.
In terms of environment, several factors can be present, from dust to mold spores, cleaning product and perfumes. The climate is also an environmental factor. For example, a very dry climate may cause your dog suffer from a dry skin condition. Other causes of constant scratching include parasites or bacterial infections.
The best thing to do for your pet is to seek support from your favorite veterinarian to determine the exact cause and the best treatment. You dog with thank you.
Help with Food Allergies
Dogs with food allergies have adverse reactions to the protein in the food that comes from meat, vegetables and grains. A better food option would be one that is formulated with the least amount of ingredients known to trigger allergic reactions. You will need to determine what foods causes concern for your dog. Some likely ingredients include chicken, beef, corn, eggs and wheat. You will need to pinpoint food allergies and choose foods that do not include problem causing ingredients. Sometimes it’s just a matter of switching food brands. Other times it may be more complex. Because the determining a food allergy takes time, working with a veterinarian to come up with the best possible plan for your pet is recommended.
To treat your dog’s dry or unhealthy skin, consider diet along with topical or oral medicines for immediate relief. Vitamin E, minerals such as Zinc and fatty acids such as omega-3 are known to help promote health skin in dogs. Also, for infections or diseases, antibiotics may be the answer. And when it comes to bathing your dry skin pet, look for doggie shampoos with natural moisturizers that don’t further contribute to the problems.
Whatever the cause, when your dog’s itchy skin causes relentless scratching that results in skin irritations and open wounds, it’s time to find the underlying cause and the best treatment options. Be it a change in diet, vitamins, minerals or a change in environment, prompt attention is a must.