Excessive scratching is normally a sign of a larger problem, so it’s important to keep an eye on your pet’s habits. A simple scratch every now and then is no more a cause for concern than when you have an errant scratch.
However, if they seem to be attacking their skin to relieve the itch or they’re continually going after one spot, then it’s likely something more serious is bothering them. When you understand the underlying causes, you can get your pet the right treatment so they’ll feel better faster. We’ll describe both common causes for excessive itching in pets and what to do about them for better insight into the problem.
Common Causes Of Excessive Itching In Pets
High and Dry
Dry skin is often the culprit of itchiness, which generally comes around when the humidity sinks. Dandruff may start to appear on your pet’s coat, or the skin may look tough or cracked. When you touch them, they may start to instantly scratch at even the gentlest of encounters with your fingers. In this case, you may want to consider getting a humidifier for your home to put more moisture back into their skin, or you may need to change their diet. Foods should be rich in nutrients that can maintain or restore the natural oils that keep their coats shiny. When you give your dog a bath, choose soap that won’t dry out their skin.
Your pet may also be allergic to something if they’re itching excessively. In this case, their skin may be either dry or greasy. Dogs have more allergies today than ever before, so it’s important to take them to a vet to find out more about their condition. You may have to use probiotics as a means of restoring the natural balance within them. Or you may need to change their diet or environment. It may be as simple as switching dry food out for another kind or cleaning the house more often. The less dust you have, the fewer mites your pet will come in contact with.
Fleas and Ticks
Another major cause of itching are these dreaded bugs that attach to your pet’s skin and feed on their blood. If you suspect your dog has fleas or ticks, you should really take them into a vet right away. There are plenty of home remedies you can also try, but a vet can thoroughly treat these bugs to ensure they don’t come back. Ticks and fleas may merely be a nuisance, or they could turn into something much more serious. Lyme disease is not only a killer of dogs, but a killer of humans too. A vet can help you determine the best ways to keep your dog free from ticks and fleas, including both preventative and active treatments.
There are a number of other skin infections that may also be causing your pet to itch. If you’ve ruled out all of these causes, then your pet will surely need to be seen by a professional as quickly as possible. Our staff at Bonner Springs Animal Care Center can bring your pet the relief they need from the constant itch!