Dog Itching Information

Dog Itching Information

The clinical term for dog itching is called pruritus, and just as in us “people” , dogs can develop a case of dermatitis too. There is a wide spectrum of causes of pruritus in canines, who have skin and coat trouble. Some dogs can stay out all day digging holes and rolling in the grass and still have no effects. Others, kept indoors with excellent, care may still develop severe itching disorders.

For most canine itching and scratching abnormalities can be due to many things, but most likely will fall into one of these categories: Environmental, Allergic, Infectious and the most challenging, Neurogenic.

Dogs can appear to be physically and nutritionally normal, but have signs of annoying canine itching, pruritus, and hair loss and skin irritation. Through the analysis of the canine’s daily activities, your vet can discover probable causes. Many dogs are actually very sensitive to simple lawn grasses, so by matching what is visible on the doggie’s skin with a probable environmental irritant – the cause of the itching skin problem can be determined and corrective measures can be taken. An example is Moist Eczema, often called a “Hot Spot”.

These skin lesions often occur as a result of moisture on the skin surface from rain, pond or lake water. Minute scratches on the skin form and in some cases with dogs with especially dense coats, these scratches may be hard to see. Also, if your dogs have an accumulation of matted hair, moisture on the skin may remain long enough to allow superficial bacteria to reproduce and create an infection. In some cases, Moist Eczema will spread very rapidly and require rather aggressive therapy to correct, so diagnosis early on can help cease a canines itching.
There are a handful of common causes for frequent skin irritation in dogs itching; some causes are relatively minor and easy to remedy, while others are more serious and difficult to treat.

Parasites: Parasites are among the most common cause for dry, itching and flaky skin in dogs. Fleas are the most common and visible skin parasite, but there are other types of parasites that can cause problems for dogs. Some of these parasites live deep in the hair follicle and are not visible to the naked eye.

Allergies:Dog Allergies can take several forms, but the most common forms associated with itching skin are contact dermatitis and food allergies. Contact dermatitis is a skin irritation that can arise literally overnight, causing dogs to react to a substance or surface that he’s never had any problems tolerating in the past.

Fungal Infections: Dog Fungal infections, such as yeast infections, are another cause for dry, itching and scaly skin in dogs. Ringworm is another example of a fungal infection that can affect the skin. Unfortunately, these micro-organisms can not only spread around the dog’s body, but they can also spread to other pets and even human family members.

To what are dogs allergic? Take a look around you right now. Odds are that your dogs could be allergic to half-a-dozen different substances in the very room you sit; that doesn’t even include microscopic substances in the air you and your dogs breathe! Food, carpeting, blankets, dust mites, mold spores in the air, pollen, plastic food dishes, furniture stuffing and ornamental plants all have the potential to trigger an allergic reaction in your dogs. Food allergies are so common that pet food manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in research, development, promotion and delivery of “antigen specific” diets to help in the therapy of dogs itching with food allergies.

Often your dogs can have an allergy to “flea bites” or flea saliva. When fleas come in contact with your dog, their immune defenses which are normally primed and ready for a fight, are lessened during the course of the battle; due to the repeated antigen/antibody reaction. Side effects of this sort of battle can cause tissue irritation, inflammation, swelling and cell destruction. That’s when we notice the dogs going into the “itching-and-scratch-bite-and-lick” mode! There’s a biochemical war going on within the dogs!

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Dog Itching Symptoms

Many dogs’ symptoms are pretty clear as mentioned above. Your dogs are miserable, itching, scratching, and biting at themselves, rubbing itself up against textured carpet or furniture. It is important to pay attention to your pets needs, just as if it were any other member of your family. Your dogs will send you signs along the way on the nature of their health.

Many dogs with dry, itching skin can often cause near-constant scratching that disrupts sleep and normal life. In some severe cases, these dogs itching and scratching ad nausea, will result in infected hot spots. Hot spots are hard-to-heal patches of skin infection commonly caused by bacteria that’s introduced when dogs suffer minor abrasions or scrapes from itching or biting at the skin.

Common triggers for itching contact dermatitis include household chemicals and cleaners, laundry detergent, shampoos, perfumes for dogs, and fabrics like                                                 wool. Food allergies are among the most difficult conditions to diagnose, and skin irritations are some of the most common symptoms for dogs itching with skin disorders.

This can occur as part of a constellation of symptoms associated with the body’s intolerance of a food item or ingredient. Chronic itching skin problems can also result from intolerance to a daily medication.

Diagnosis often involves a great deal of trial and error to systematically rule out causes for dogs itching with allergies. And treatment for dogs with allergies can include limiting contact with an irritant, and anti-histimine medications.

Fungal infections tend to be the source of constant itching and irritation from the time the lesion forms. Redness, oozing, secondary infection, itching, flaking and scaling are very common in cases of fungal infections.

Any dog owner knows that dogs itching and scratching themselves is one of their favorite past times. This is normal behavior. However, sometimes your dog’s skin may become abnormally dry; itching and flaking for no discernable reason. Not only is this uncomfortable for your dogs; it could be a sign of something more serious. Once you understand your dog’s condition, you will be able to treat him.

Especially during the winter months, a dog’s skin can become dry. During the winter, if you notice what looks like scaliness or dandruff and if your dogs are scratching and itching more than normal, cut back on giving him baths. The water will only dry out his itching skin more. If you must bathe your dogs during the winter, use a moisturizing dog shampoo. Shampoo for humans will usually be too harsh for a dog’s skin.

When you have tried to cure your dog’s dry skin and nothing seems to help, the dry, itching skin could mean that your dogs have a more-serious problem. The dry skin can be a result of the underlying condition. You will need to take your dogs to the vet for a proper diagnosis. Possible causes are allergies and infections.

People usually experience allergies in their nose, whereas dogs generally experience them in their skin. If your dog has poor coat texture or hot spots, it may be from itching due to an allergy. With allergies, dogs may feel like itching the feet, groin and armpits. Your vet can determine if your dogs have allergies.

Because fleas cause your dogs to scratch, you may have mistaken them for a dry, itching skin problem. To determine if your dogs have fleas, you will have to look for them crawling around in your dog’s coat. If you don’t see any fleas, comb through the fur and collect any bits that drop out of his coat. If you put these specks on a damp paper towel and they turn dark red, these are “flea dirt,” and it means that your dogs have fleas. You should start your dogs on flea control products right away.

Also, it is good to take a look at the areas where you dogs are paying most attention with biting, itching and scratching. Dogs will typically bury their head in one spot and move their teeth in rapid movement on the annoyed area. Move the dogs head aside and see if there are “hot spots”, or flea or chigger residue, ticks hanging off the skin, or dry patchy areas. There are many reasons why this is occurring. Early prevention can help eliminate the complications that could take place.

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Dog Itching Treatments

Itching skin among dogs is a common problem that can be caused by allergies, fleas, poor nutrition or infection. Pet owners often don’t know what to do to help their dogs, particularly if they don’t want to pay expensive veterinary fees. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies available to soothe dogs itching with skin problems.

Going with all natural remedies is really a much better treatment for your dogs. Calendula extract, which is available at most health food stores, is a topical liquid that has soothing and antibacterial qualities.

It may help to apply a few drops to severely infected spots or to coat the skin and brush through with a soft brush to soothe their entire itching coat.

Vitamin E has strong moisturizing properties and is helpful with dogs itching, flaky, dry skin. Vitamin E is available in gel capsules, which can be broken open and applied directly to the skin. Vitamin E can also be taken orally if the owner can disguise the pills in the dog’s food.

Fish oil is extremely soothing for dogs with itching skin as it hydrates skin and fosters the development of essential oils in the skin. Fish oil is widely available in capsule form but can also be found in liquid form for easier ingestion. Fish oil in liquid form can also be applied topically to infected areas or brushed through the coat to minimize itching.

Also putting a cooked scrambled egg into dry food as a treat every once in awhile adds some additional luster to your dogs coat.

Other natural products to use are tea tree oil is an antiseptic agent that cleans allergens off of the dogs coat. It can easily be brushed on or sprayed on to prevent itching.

Tea tree oil needs to be reapplied every day to effectively soothe itching and pain, or the allergens may reappear on the skin and cause itching again. Tea Tree Oil is a great thing to have in your medicine cabinet for treatment for your dogs and your family too.

A popular treatment is a mixture of oatmeal and water, which can be rubbed onto the dog’s itching skin to help relieve dryness and soothe sore spots. The oatmeal should be left on the skin for approximately ten minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.

Essential supplements to aid in nutrition, moisturizing, and shinny coat are natural ingredients. Medicated and all natural zinc is then added to eliminate the problem once and for all.

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