Why Won't My Dog Stop Scratching?

Why won't my dog stop scratching?

A common thing for dog owners to complain about it their dog's scratching and licking. There are a lot of reasons why your dog may be doing this and many of them can be treated. So, if you've had enough of the constant scratching and licking take your dog to the veterinarian to find out with the problem is and get treatment. This article will explain some skin issues in dogs so you are better prepared for taking your pooch to the vet.

Are you worried that your dog has fleas? This is a legitimate concern if your dog seems to scratch, bite, and lick itself often. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you if your canine has fleas. You can also, look for them too. In light-colored dogs, people can often see tiny dark things moving around on the dog or if your dog has long or dark fur you can comb it and look for fleas in the comb. Although fleas can be awful, there are a lot of treatments. There are shampoos, powder, sprays, collars, and all kinds of flea-killing products.

Any information you have can help your veterinarian come up with the proper diagnosis. Try to pay attention to when your dog seems to scratch the most. If it does it excessively while after eating, it could have a food allergy. If your dog seems itchy after being outside it could have some environmental sensitivity or an allergy to a certain plant or something you have in your yard.

If your dog just scratches at no specific time and doesn't have fleas it could have a skin or coat disorder causes by poor diet. Many dog owners don't realize that feeding a dog isn't enough for it to be healthy. You have to provide your dog with healthy, nutritional, meat-based dog food.

In some cases, dogs simply scratch, lick, and chew themselves for no reason, but boredom, anxiety, etc. These problems are more difficult to treat, but there are still treatment options.

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