Itching can be one of the most challenging health problems in dogs. We’ll help remove some of the mystery around why your dog is itching. You and your vet can then diagnose the cause of the itch and help select the appropriate treatment plan.
7 MAIN CAUSES OF ITCH
Most skin and coat abnormalities fall under one of the below categories:
The time of year your pet is most itchy may help pinpoint the cause and how best to treat it. Spring may bring on allergies, whereas winter can induce dry skin…
As warmer weather kicks in so do skin sensitivities in dogs. Heat and humidity increase the allergens in the environment, often causing skin irritation. Pollen is usually the worst culprit along with stinging insects.
Apoquel® could be a solution. Unlike steroids, Apoquel directly targets the itch at its source. It acts fast,reducing itch on the first day, with fewer side effects.learn more
The most common causes of itchy skin that start in the spring are environmental allergies like fleas or pollen A dog with allergies will be scratching and itching a lot especially around the face, paws, belly and ears. This usually lasts through summer too.
Simparica® could be the best option here. Simpatica can be strategically used for dogs with flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). It starts killing fleas after 3 hours and kills all fleas in 8 hours. It also protects against ticks and mites.learn more
Winter weather and indoor conditions such as mould, heating and low levels of humidity cause skin irritation. Flaky, irritated skin as well as excessive grooming and scratching are signs that your dog is suffering. Brushing and bathing can help and shampoos for sensitive skin are recommended. However, if the problem persists and is getting worse this will need veterinary treatment.
Cytopoint® could be a treatment to boost your dog’s immune system this winter.learn more
Dogs may be sensitive to grasses, plants, pollens or even plastics. They can also be allergic to fibres or cleaning products around home or in their bedding.
Some dogs are allergic to products commonly found in pet foods like beef, dairy, and wheat. A low allergen, novel protein diet and certain supplements may help in these cases.
The normal reaction when an owner sees their dog itching is “fleas!”. Repeated exposure to fleas can trigger a hypersensitivity reaction which looks like an allergy. Various ticks and mites can also bury into the skin and cause excessive itching.
The most challenging to pinpoint and diagnose and once identified can be resistant to attempts at treatments. Food ingredients, synthetic and natural fibres, medications, plant materials and dust mites can all trigger allergic dermatitis.
A major challenge to diagnose and treat, often diagnosed when all other options have been ruled out. Triggers can cause an impulse in the dog to lick or chew a target area of skin which can then cause deep bacterial infection. A specialist dog dermatologist or behaviourist may be a dog’s best friend in these extreme cases.
Skin infections are often so irritating that the dog will lick continuously at the affected area making it impossible to heal. Treatment often includes clipping hair from the area to assist drying and application of topical medications from your vet, with possible oral antibiotics to fight organisms invading the skin.