About Itchy Dogs
Why Do Dogs Itch and Scratch So Much?
Excessive scratching and itching is a common condition with all breeds of dogs and can be very frustrating for many owners. An itchy dog will often scratch, chew and rub themselves so much their skin becomes bald, red, inflamed and painful. This constant itching and scratching can be caused by a variety of things including fleas, bacteria, mange or allergies.
NOTE: The health and comfort of your dog is most important. If your itchy dog is in pain or severe discomfort, please seek veterinary advice immediately.
Firstly, Be Absolutely Certain that It is not Fleas
As Flea Bite Allergic Dermatitis is the most common cause of an itchy dog, confirming that it is not fleas is very important. There are two problems caused by fleas.
The first is a flea irritation. This is caused by a large number of fleas and will be easily seen by a visual inspection of your pets coat. Focus on your dogs base of the tail and lower back area near their tail. If fleas are observed, you will need an Insecticidal Spray to kill off the fleas in the dogs environment.
The second reaction is a flea allergy, where a small number of fleas create a large allergic reaction. An allergic pet can be seen often scratching and you will not even know the flea is there.
To confirm if your dog is allergic to flea bites, you should practice rigorous flea control for a period of two weeks. If the pet’s itching and scratching are eliminated or greatly reduced, then a flea allergy is more than likely the cause. Follow this with a monthly ‘spot on the neck’ treatment, such as Advantage, Frontline, Revolution or similar products.
If It’s Not Fleas, What else Could It Be?
There are a number of other possible irritations to cause create an itchy dog. These include bacteria, mange or allergic reactions.
Bacteria, yeasts and fungi can give rise to nasty skin complaints. Although not common, when these bugs are present in a dog’s skin, the result is often the development of reddened moist skin, excessive scale, odour and the coat often has a greasy feel. Veterinarian advice may be necessary but our suggestion would be to try the shampoo Malaseb. Wash your itchy dog in this shampoo twice weekly for two weeks in accordance with the directions. Should an infection be the cause, an improvement should be seen in this time. However, some infections also require antibiotic medications by mouth and for this you will have to see your veterinarian.
Mange is a condition caused by a mite that irritates the skin and causes hair loss. The Demodex mite or, more rarely, the Sarcoptes mite, can cause major skin disease that includes hair loss, especially around the face, and the development of secondary infections. Diagnosing mange at home will be difficult. Your veterinarian will do a skin scraping and if the mites are seen, they are usually (but not always) the cause. A variety of medications from your veterinarian can be used to treat mange and stop the itchy dog symptoms.
Allergic Reactions. The most common allergy in dogs is fleas as mentioned previously, but an itchy dog can be allergic to numerous other things including the bites of insects, pollens, plants, moulds, house dustmite and to the food they are eating.
Many dogs with allergies will rub their faces on the ground, chew their feet, rub themselves along fences or will roll on rough ground to scratch their backs. The scratching will often result in baldness and red, inflamed skin over the base of the spine and extending down the tail.
How to Tell Which Allergy My Itchy Dog may Have?
If the itching and scratching is seasonal, for instance in Spring and in Summer, it is more likely to be an allergy to pollens, plants or to grasses. Wandering Jew and Paspalum are two of the more common plants that dogs are sensitive or allergic to. If the itching seems to be more intense on the underside of the dog – the part that rubs against plants – then sensitivities like this are more likely. Remove these plants from the dogs access area.
If the itching and scratching is an all year round concern, it is most likely either a food allergy or dustmite allergy.
A food allergy will take some effort (and expense) to confirm and your veterinarian will need to assist you. The goal is to feed a diet that contains protein and carbohydrate sources that your dog has never had before. Venison, rabbit, duck or kangaroo meats are often used as the protein source and rice or potato is often used as the carbohydrate source.
If your itchy dog suffers a dustmite allergy, their itching and scratching will be more noticeable when they are in their bedding area or where they spend most of their time lying around. Dustmites live and breed in soft furnishing, rugs and blankets where the temperature is maintained and where the dog provides moisture from their panting.
Itchy Dog Relief by Dustroy offers a simple and effective solution to reduce your dogs allergic reaction to dustmites. It de-natures the dustmite faeces, (the source of the protein which causes the allergic reaction), rendering it harmless to your itchy dog. This means a simple spray can relieve the dogs allergic reaction – No more redness, no more rubbing or scratching sore spots, and no more itchy dog!
How to use Itchy Dog Relief to help your dog. Thoroughly clean the dogs sleeping area, blankets, rugs, soft toys and favourite household areas, then spray with Itchy Dog Relief . Let them dry. That is all there is to it but you will notice an immediate improvement if dustmites are your dog’s allergy trigger. This is a very easy and quick way to see if dustmites cause your itchy dog.
Since dogs shed more hair and skin than we do (the dustmites food source), dustmites just love the areas dog live in. Spray Itchy Dog Relief each month or at any sign of the dustmite allergies returning. Always re-spray after washing the bedding.
Itchy Dog Relief Spray will provide a quick and easy solution for dustmite allergies, with no veterinary expenses. To get immediate relief for your dog.
Here’s what one happy dog owner had to say after using Itchy Dog Relief by Dustroy for their dogs allergy.
…. One of our dogs had been tested for allergens after we noticed a minor skin irritation turn into a full-blown severe complex of multiple allergic reactions. Our dog was left with little quality of life.
Clinical testing proved it was a series of allergies causing his debilitating condition. One allergy being that of dust mites. To combat this a regular routine of vacuuming and washing his bedding just barely controlled the mites.
After using Dustroy the dust mite problem has ceased. By the 2nd application 12 week later my dogs skin condition had improved remarkably and his hair is returning where once it was balding area.
As a bonus my own allergies, asthma, hay fever and sinus have improved greatly my eyes no longer water and itch and the coughing and sneezing of a night-time also has stopped….
Mrs Lana Raso
Itchy Dog Relief is made from natural ingredients so it is completely safe for you, your family and your pets.
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