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What’s Itching Your Dog | Guest Post | GBGV

January 25, 2013

Dogs scratch. Maybe it’s that annoying spot behind their ear or it could be some nibbling at their flank, but it always seems that dogs have an itch to scratch all the time. So, what causes itchy dogs? While fleas are perhaps the most prominent source of annoyance, there are also a few other situations to consider when you spot your dog’s paws reaching up to satisfy an icky itch.

Parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and mites are the leading and most renowned cause of itchy dogs. These bugs love to feed off your dog and are very difficult to get rid of. Just be sure that when you get the parasites off your dog, and out of their ears, that you also treat your home and yard. Fleas have a nasty habit of residing in a dog’s bedding and their environment, which can make it difficult to completely eliminate the problem.

Have you ever considered if your dog is allergic to something? Dogs can develop allergies just like people, though it is harder to spot because fur covers most of their body. What about skin allergies? It could be a shampoo they are using. It could even be something they ate, even fresh fruits like tomatoes and melons. Allergies come in a variety of forms and from a number of different causes and may even be seasonal due to environment and flora blooming. This particular situation should be discussed with your vet who can determine the causes and prescribe the proper solution.

As far as reactions go, it is also wise to keep in mind the effects of parasite repellent chemicals and collars. Some of these can affect a dog’s skin, causing irritation. Many of today’s flea and tick repellents are usually quite toxic, even to dogs and humans. These can lead to skin reactions and assorted irritations. Only use quality repellants that your vet approves.

Skin conditions also exist in dogs. If your dog’s skin is flaky, much like dandruff, they could have some sort of skin problem and scratching will only make it worse. For the most part, a dog’s dry skin conditions normally result from poor diet. Consult with your veterinarian about dietary supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids and Brewer’s Yeast which improve skin and coat health.

Behavioral or emotional problems can also exist. Much like a person chewing on their pen or fingernails, dogs can develop anxiety related habits as well. Make sure that you provide plenty of exercise and social opportunities to keep your dog active and less anxious. In some situations, behavioral training may be necessary to break them of the habit.

Also consider one of the simplest solutions- your dog’s collar. Is it too tight? You should be able to squeeze your fingers between their skin and the collar. If it’s too tight or if there could be a sticker burr stuck under it, your dog will scratch to relieve the irritation.

Dogs can be itchy for a number of reasons, and as a responsible owner, it is your duty to keep them comfortable, healthy, and clean. Pay attention when your dog scratches so that you can get rid of whatever seems to be bothering them.

Author Bio:

Brandon Kennington is the inventor and owner of the Porch Potty – the world’s first automatic grass dog litter box.  As dog owner and a busy business owner, Brandon invented the Porch Potty when he didn’t want his dog to have to wait all day to go.  Porch Potty admires dog owners and also provides great tips for dog lovers on the Porch Potty Blog.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2013 07:41

    Good post. Kirby had really dry, flaky, itchy skin when he was a pup. I attributed it to the commercial dog kibble which was all he ate back then. Years later with good homemade food and oil supplements his skin is never dry and itchy and his coat is soft and shiny.

    Also rinse, rinse, and rinse again after a bath.

    • January 25, 2013 09:22

      I try to just avoid baths 🙂 Glad he has his skin under control, I had a food allergy myself but we have that cleared up now too!

  2. January 25, 2013 08:52

    Great info for all dog owners. Always important to look at things such as allergies, etc.

    • January 25, 2013 09:23

      I know, I had food allergies myself for almost a year before a vet figured it out!

  3. snoopys@snoopysdogblog permalink
    January 25, 2013 09:54

    Great post – it’s not fun to be all itchy! So, do you think if I scratch a lot Mum will realize I’m allergic to baths and not give me any more?! Tee Hee

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  4. mollieandalfie permalink
    January 25, 2013 12:14

    Great post, I’z get the itchie’z some time’z, the vet said it waz new fur’z but it could’z be my shampoooo 🙂 I don’t haz tickie’z or flea’z 🙂 Fank’z for seeing us on FB xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • January 25, 2013 13:24

      Happy scratching…how about your food, made any changes there?

  5. January 25, 2013 18:01

    Thanks for coming over to Emma’s blog and sharing this helpful post. As the owner of a Lab with multiple allergies, I know how difficult it can be to get to the bottom of things sometimes….hoping your article will be helpful for people that are puzzling over their own dogs scratching.

  6. January 25, 2013 18:27

    interesting. 🙂

  7. January 25, 2013 21:16

    Woof! Woof! I used to itch a lot … I mean a lot (when I was young). Until my allergies were resolved … I mean got control of it. Golden Thanks for sharing this post (From your Guest Post). Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • January 26, 2013 07:05

      It is amazing how many dogs seem to have some type of allergy, including me!

  8. January 26, 2013 16:39

    Great post!

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