Puppy Dog ItchingIt can be painful to watch your dog itching constantly. The annoying itching goes on day and night driving you and your beloved dog crazy without any relief. But it gets worse, the constant itching and scratching can lead to loss of hair andbleeding.
So how do you stop your dog from itching?
First and most obviously you must determine the root cause of the itching.
Here are some of the most common causes for itchy skin:
The diagnosis of fleas is the most obvious and easiest to diagnose and treat. A variety of over the counter medications are available to treat a flea infestation.
Mange is a canine skin disease caused by microscopic mites that make your dog skin its home. These mites can cause severe itching and eventual hair loss. Diagnosis of mange will require a scraping of the skin to be viewed under a microscope. Treatment for mange must begin at the vet where they can determine the specific type of mange and prescribe the proper medication to eradicate the parasites.
Psychological issues are unfortuneately the hardest to determine and treat. Most issues have to do with some sort of anxiety that your dog is experiencing. There are products available that promote calming which you can try if you have ruled out any of the other causes.
The following two conditions account for most of the dog itching conditions other than the obvious flea infestations.
Nutritional deficiencies can undoubtedly cause itchy, dry skin in your dog. Believe it or not, most commercial dog foods do not contain all of the nutritional requirements that your dog needs to maintain optimum health. Much more effort is put into dog food marketing and taste than acually creating a dog food with the optimal dietary requirements that your dog needs. This condition can be easily combatted with a quality dog vitamin that will provide the additional nutrients and minerals that your dog’s food alone just doesn’t provide.
Allergies in your dog can be caused by many different factors. Dogs can be particularly vulnerable to a whole host of environmental irritants. As in humans, our dogs can develop an inappropriate immune response to certain substances.
Airborne allergies such as pollen, dust and mold can cause allergic itching as well. Although it is quite difficult to eliminate airborne substances all together, you can use hypo allergenic air filters in your house and increase your cleaning ritual to eliminate as many of these particular allergens as possible.
One of the most common and often overlooked causes of dog allergies is the dog food they are consuming. As in humans, food allergies are very prevalant. This may be as simple as changing your dogs food. Finding the dog food that relieves all of your dogs allergic itching may be very difficult because a lot of the commercial dog foods manufactured use much of the same ingredients.
The first line of defense for your dog is to ensure that they have the proper diet and nutrition. Providing quality dog foods that contain plenty of quality protein, and that is low on grains and meat by products will ensure that your dog has a healthy digestive system and a boosted immune system.
Supplementing your dogs diet with a quality dog vitamin will ensure that your dog will have the optimum dietary requirements to maintain a healthy immune defense against allergies.