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4 Reasons for Itching in Dogs

Is your canine buddy itching a lot lately? It may be cute when Fido closes his eyes while you are scratching that stubborn itch, but the reasons for your pet’s scratching are not quite that charming. Dogs can get the ‘itchies’ for a variety of reasons. Read on as a local Arlington Heights, TX vet discusses the reasons your pup could be itching.

Allergies

Just like people, dogs can have allergic reactions to a wide variety of substances, such as pollen, mold, dust, dander, and food. Allergies can definitely be responsible both for Fido’s scratching! They can also cause skin conditions, such as hot spots and flaky, crusty, red, or scaly skin. If you know or suspect that your furry friend has allergies, contact your vet right away for tests. Allergies cannot be cured, but they can be managed. Once your vet has pinpointed what your pooch is reacting to, he or she will be able to offer advice, treatment options, and care tips that will help your adorable buddy feel better.

Mange

Mange can also cause itching in our canine friends. Mange is caused by mites, which burrow down into dogs’ skin. It can cause serious infections, so if you suspect that your four-legged friend may have mange, contact your vet immediately.

Fleas

These disgusting parasites are often the culprit behind Fido’s scratching. Fleas, as you may know, live off the blood of their hosts. They can also transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms. Fortunately, there are many effective products available that will help you keep your pup flea-free. Ask your vet for recommendations. (Tip: if you are battling an infestation, you’ll also need to vacuum regularly.)

Ticks

Ticks are another icky parasite that can make your pup itch. Ticks may be small, but they can carry dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease, which can affect both people and pets. As with fleas, keeping current on Fido’s parasite control products will help protect him. We also recommend checking your furry pal regularly, especially after he has been outdoors in summer. If you see a tick, remove it carefully, using a tick popper or tweezers. Be sure to get the whole thing! Once the critter has been removed, swab the area with antiseptic. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Arlington Heights, TX animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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