Dogs With Itchy Skin

The Causes

Dogs With Itchy SkinThere are many causes of a pet’s itchy skin. Dogs with itchy skin may display a variety of behaviors that would indicate there is a problem, or problems, because issues with healthy skin can often coincide. So, it is important to keep in mind that there could be more than one ongoing problem. For example, excessive licking or scratching of the area. This can, of course, make matters worse in the long run. It is important to assess and study the history of your dog’s problem. If it is an ongoing problem, you need to start at the beginning, identifying when the itching started, and how old your dog was at the time. Does it only happen at certain times of the year, or is it a continual problem year round? Another, and very important question, is if there are hairless spots or lesions in their skin. There are some very serious conditions that can be passed from a pet to their owner, including ringworm, Cheyletiella, and certain types of mange. If you have not tried any sort of medication to help relieve the symptoms, your first, and most important, step would be to consult a veterinarian. Dogs with itchy skin often suffer from other problems, in the lesions example, they could have infections. They could also have a problem with some additives in their food, allergies to certain plants, or some other health problem making it difficult to pinpoint an exact cause.

The Remedies

As you can imagine, these problems are often caused my fleas and flea allergies, and there are a variety of remedies available to help ease your canine companion’s suffering. If your pet has been scratching for any length of time, you may have noticed some hairless spots or patches of rashes on their skin. These must be treated immediately, of which there are many sprays and ointments. Another recommendation, by many sources, is changing your pet’s diet. You may want to include different, or new, essential fatty acids in to their diet. They can help improve the texture and durability of your dog’s coat, but it is important to consult a veterinarian, before changing your pet’s diet in any dramatic way. That being said, most essentially fatty acids, also called EFA’s, come from fish. Not only are they good for your dog’s coat, they can help fix digestive problems that may plague your dog, as well. Allergies can be treated with certain things, but it is dangerous to experiment in this way without the very directed guidance of a veterinarian.

The Conclusion

Clearly, there are a variety of ways to treat dogs with itchy skin. It should be approached safely, and with the guidance of professionals who have a clear understanding of how a dog’s body works. Dogs with itchy skin may deal with their problems and the various treatments with a variety of responses, as well, and it should be clearly necessary to approach any solution over time, instead of forcing any major changes in to their diet or normal routine. With proper care, your companion can heal and repair its body over time.