Why Your Dog is Itching or Scratching

Why Your Dog is Itching or Scratching

It’s not uncommon to have an itchy dog, that’s why it’s often hard to figure out why your furry friend is scratching herself. So, to help you figure it out, we’ve got a list of the top reasons why your dog has an itch:

 

  1. Allergies. Just like people, dogs can be allergic to food, including chicken and wheat, or have environmental allergies, including mold and pollen.

  2. Parasites. Your pup’s scratching behavior could be caused by fleas, ticks or mites. Dogs can be hypersensitive to the flea saliva that comes into contact with their skin from bites, which can cause intense scratching and biting. Ticks survive by feeding on the blood of animals and live in tall grass and brush waiting to attach to an animal, like your dog. Mange, or canine scabies, is a skin disease caused by mites.

  3. Infections. Bacterial infections show up as lesions on your pup. These type of infections are usually a secondary condition to allergies the caused your dog to scratch itself in the first place. If you’ve noticed a yeasty smell coming from your dog, it’s more than likely your dog is itching because he’s suffering from a fungal infection.

  4. Dry Skin. Factors like winter weather can cause dry skin and lead to scratching.

  5. Boredom and Stress. Again, just like humans who tap their feet or twirl their hair when they’re bored --- dogs sometimes itch when they feel that way.

If you suspect your pet is itching for any of the mentioned reasons, your best bet is to consult your veterinarian about the best treatment

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