A dog with a healthy skin will not scratch at all and any signs of your dog
scratching is a sign something is not right which needs to be identified, cause
found and a cure sought.
Many problems are external which may be easily remedied. General
itching meaning your dog scratches regularly all over, but there are no visible
signs of a problem. This type of itchy skin can most often be improved
by rectifying the dog's diet, adding omega oils to his diet. Naturally
the first thing would be to check for
ticks and fleas, and the necessary
treatment given. These tick and flea problems can be treated with over the
counter medication from your veterinarian and with ongoing use, as well as
regular cleaning of their bedding, it's usually successful.
A hot spot is a common and extremely painful skin condition, which can occur
overnight. Chronic, localized itching usually identifies this pyotraumatic
dematitis. The area is warm to the touch and emits pus and has a bad odor.
Hot spots need
urgent care with many available remedies, but not only that it would be
necessary to identify the cause. Loss of hair ( from the infected area, is another sign of a "hot spot". The
infected dog will also bite and scratch, as it is not only painful but also
extremely itchy, causing the condition to rapidly spread. These may be seasonal, possibly due to
sensitivity to grasses and pollens.
Other causes are a parasitic mite that causes a skin disease, Demodectic
Mange. These microscopic mites live in the hair follicle and oil glands of your
little pet's skin. Proper diagnosis from a skin scraping will assist
your vet to the appropriate treatment. Most healthy dogs with a good
diet will be able to resist these mites, however, once mange is established,
veterinary care is essential to prevent the mange from spreading over the entire
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articles. Particularly if there is alopecia (hair loss) this could indicate
mites, which can be ultimately be fatal if left untreated for too long.
The vet information on
dog mites and
other skin conditions are very informative for diagnosis and treatment. Itchy
dog skin conditions could be caused by one of these mites, some
can actually cause death if left untreated,
therefore take your scratching dog skin condition very seriously.
Allergic skin diseases are becoming more and more common. An allergy
which is a hypersensitivity reaction to allergens, allergy causing substances.
Dogs can develop allergies at any age and the signs can appear suddenly.
Usually dogs that have an allergy have more than one type. There are no
cures for allergies and it is usually life-long, requiring ongoing management to
improve the quality of your dog's life.
Insect Bite Allergies are fairly common. The most common allergy a dog
develops is to flea saliva. Flea and Tick control is part and parcel of
protecting your helpless friend from these tiny creatures that can cause havoc
with their well being.
Proper parasite control is essential. See our
Veterinary Article on
Alopecia (hair loss) can result from itchy dog skin, read this
veterinary article Alopecia
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dog health conditions chart.
Contact allergies are usually due to shampoos, carpets, grasses etc. Some are
easier to avoid than others, but if you have identified what triggers the itchy
dog problems, you are half way to solving the problem. Avoidance is
essential if possible.
Food allergens can only be diagnosed with a food trial. A food trial
involves feeding a specially designed, hypoallergenic diet for at least 8 to 12
weeks. No other food can be given to your small dog breed, including any
treats or snacks. The smallest morsel of another food type will
contaminate the trial and cannot provide accurate results. This is a
time consuming process but productive if it establishes your dog's underlying
Even the healthiest and most beloved pet can result in an itchy dog which is
very distressing for both the loving owner and the sufferer. Keeping your
dog free of fleas and ticks, a healthy balanced diet and regular
and keeping his kennel and bedding clean and mite and tick free goes a
long way to avoid most of these dog skin conditions.
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