Itching dog? This why it happens>
If your dog is constantly itching and scratching it might not just be because of fleas most dog owners are shocked to find out that their dog actually has an allergy.
In fact, dogs can be affected by allergies just like people are, they can be allergic to household items food and plant allergens. It’s actually really common for dogs to have allergies approximately one in five of them are affected by allergies.
How can I tell if my dog has allergies?
Like exome atopic dermatitis is often manifested in dogs. It is a really common condition. Affected is approximately ten percent of dogs.
Until that allergen is removed or until they receive treatments dogs that have atopic dermatitis will constantly scratch and be uncomfortable. Not only will your pet be uncomfortable by itching and scratching but they’ll be unhappy that constant feeling of itchiness makes them miserable and it affects owners as well. It’s quite a frustrating thing for everyone.
What should I look for on my itching dog?
Scratching and licking by dogs on their paws is is common in dogs with atopic dermatitis.
What causes atopic dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis is actually our hypersensitivity reactions so it’s quite similar to eczema or hay fever in people.
Hypersensitivity to allergens causes dog atopic dermatitis and they include;
- Dust Mites
How can I help my itching Dog?
The most important thing to do is try and remove those allergies from your pets’ environments but if you can’t do that there are four really simple things that you can do.
- Shampoo your dog regularly, or as directed by your vet
- Feed your dog quality food
- Wash your dog’s bedding and soft furnishings regularly
- Vacuum regularly
Shampoo your pet as directed by your vet. Providing them with a diet that’s rich in essential fatty acids. Cleaning the house regularly to wash the bedding and clean the couches to remove those allergies from your pet’s environment and vacuum the place regularly.
If your dog actually has atopic dermatitis the most important thing that you can do to help your pet is to take them to your local vet where they can diagnose and treat them properly.
Diagnosing an itching dog
Your veterinary will take a detailed look at the medical and chronological history:
- When did you first notice your dog itching?
- How has the itching progressed?
- Are other pets affected? are you?
- Next is the vet will assess the dog thorough physical examination, focusing on— but not limited to— the skin. Consideration should taken on parasites and infectious conditions.
Dry skin may also cause your dog to itch, it is almost never the only reason for your dog itching. Your vet can help to uncover the underlying cause of your dog’s discomfort.
Some metabolic and systemic illnesses can also cause itching, the vet may take blood test so as to evaluate the health organ systems other than just the skin.
You must remember that atopic dermatitis is a treatable condition so pets should not suffer in silence and at the end of the day the most important thing is that we actually have a happy and healthy pet.