Scratching is a normal behavior for dogs of any age. However, if your furry friend seems to be scratching more often than usual, this could indicate an underlying medial problem. From skin disorders to pest infestations and more, itchy skin and frequent scratching can be a symptom of a variety of health issues. Let’s take a look at three reasons why your dog may be scratching himself.
Like humans, dogs can sometimes suffer from very dry skin. Dry skin in dogs often occurs during the driest months of the year, when low humidity and high heat can cause skin to become flaky and itchy. Your dog may also develop dry skin if his diet is low in essential oils. If dietary changes or over the counter lotions do not soothe the issue, you may need to make an appointment with your vet.
Allergies are another common cause of itching in dogs. Dogs can be allergic to a variety of environmental conditions, including pollen, dust mites, and the ingredients in certain types of foods. In order to figure out whether your dog’s scratching is due to allergies, you will need to bring him to the vet for allergy testing.
Fleas are the bane of any pet owner’s existence. Without proper treatment and regular medication, your dog’s fur may provide the perfect habitat for fleas to grow and thrive. If your dog’s scratching is accompanied by small, jumping insects or a red rash on the base of the tail and belly, this is an indication that you have a flea problem. Your vet will be able to provide you with special medications that will knock out fleas on your pet and your property.
To get to the bottom of your dog’s itchy skin, make an appointment at Horizon Animal Hospital. Our veterinary team offers quality medical services for dogs and cats of all ages and stages. If you would like to make an appointment at our office in Tucson, give us a call at (480) 800-4559.