Dog Health News knows your dog finds an itchy place on her body about 25 times a day and scratches that spot until she’s ridded herself of the prickly feeling until another little tingle makes your dog shake her head and try to get her paw inside her ear to stop her twitch, however the cause of her itch might be due to dozens of things like parasites or allergies and you could also go crazy looking for answers and spend your money on products that can’t stop your dog’s itch or even make your dog itch more aggressively.
This news review gives you a consolidated list of 6 of the most common reasons your dog may keep you up all night with an itch so you both can finally get a good night sleep.
Dog Health News: A Review of the 6 Most Common Reasons for your Dog’s Itch
- Fleas – Of all the sources of your dog’s itch, fleas, could be the prize winner or at least the top possible reason because fleas can get under your dog’s skin and your dog may have an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva. The other problem with fleas is their ability to spread throughout your dog’s body. This means that your dog’s itch in one place can lead to your dog’s need to scratch over her whole body which can give your dog discomfort through the entire flea season from April to November. Dog Health News has see hundreds of products on the dog pharmacy list to help prevent your dog from fleas and keep your dog from suffering to the point that your dog gets infections all over her body. Check with your veterinarian for the right product for your dog.
- Food allergies – Your dog may be prone to food allergies through no fault of her own, however it may not be evident until your dog starts to show signs of a food allergy like chronic diarrhea and ear infections, an itchy rear end that your dog constantly drags along the floor and a smelly expulsion of gas. Dog Health News wants you to know some of the most common foods that your dog can be allergic to are beef, fish, dairy, wheat, chicken, egg, lamb, pork, soy and rabbit. Since it’s very difficult to figure out whether your dog will get allergies there are 2 things you can do to be proactive. The first thing is to stay away from the use of antibiotics which can weaken your dog’s immune system. The second thing to do is to put your puppy on probiotics and feed your dog a healthy diet. Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds and German Shepherds are amongst the breeds that are affected most with allergies to food.
- Skin allergies – Dog Health News understands that your dog often has a habit of scratching his body and you may think nothing of it until you see your dog is losing her hair and your dog has been chewing and licking her skin until it’s red and raw which often results in bacterial infections that make the itch even worse. Some of the causes for your dog’s itchy skin can be as simple as dry skin to more complicated things like dust mites, fabrics and plastic. Talk to your veterinarian immediately when you see raw patches of skin on your dog.
- Seasonal allergies – Dog Health News wants you to be aware of signs to watch for in your dog’s behavior as the seasons change. If your dog starts to chew her paws or rub her face on your furniture, your dog may be allergic to ragweed or tree pollen and now your dog will do anything she can to stop the itchy feeling she has all over her body. If your dog has sensitive skin in winter, it can be the result of allergies or dry skin from too much heat or cold. These are more reasons why you need to keep your dog hydrated and check with your veterinarian when you observe that your dog is scratching away at her skin.
- Insect bites – Yes, your dog can get mosquito bites just like you. If you live in a climate that has ponds or marshes where mosquitoes thrive, Dog Health News thinks it’s important to keep your dog away from these areas especially in the morning hours and at dusk. Mosquitoes search out warm blooded animals and your dog is a perfect host so be aware of unusual scratching and bring your dog to your vet so your dog can be checked for insect bites you can’t see underneath your dog’s fur.
- Yeast infections – These nasty infections are usually found in your dog’s ears, feet and anus; all the places that are the most difficult for your dog to get to with her tongue and paws in order to relieve the itch. You’ll find your dog shaking her head constantly if she has a yeast infection in her ears and Dog Health News strongly urges you should take your dog to your vet immediately so your dog doesn’t suffer too long and end up with a hearing loss from a serious infection. Hot weather also contributes to yeast infections, so it’s a good idea to keep your dog washed and groomed to prevent this type of itchy problem.
Why Does Your Dog’s Body Get Itchy in the First Place?
- Allergens – If your dog is allergic to something, your dog is actually having a reaction to molecules from that particular substance. The general term to call these molecules is ‘allergens.’
- Immunoglobuline E (IgE) – The reason your dog has a reaction to allergens is because your dog’s immune system starts to produce antibodies called Immunoglobuline that attaches to mast cells and causes the release of an irritating chemical known as histamine. This is why your dog may need antihistamines to help relieve her itch.
This Dog Health News review helps you better understand where your dog’s crazy need to scratch may come from so you can seek help from your veterinarian and take care of your dog’s health before your dog makes a small problem into an infection that’s harder and more expensive to get rid of than fleas.
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