Why Does My Dog Itch? Ear Infection Advice with Suzanne Quigley

July 2, 2019
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By Suzanne Quigley, copywriter and animal lover

The jingling tags on his collar serve as a constant
reminder.

Your poor pup, he’s at it again, scratching and biting,
licking and shaking.

If your pet is plagued with itchiness, know that he’s not
alone. Itching, medically known as pruritis, affects many dogs and
for a variety of reasons. And all that scratching can lead to other
problems such as hair loss, hot spots, and infections.

Effectively treating itching means finding its underlying cause,
as itchiness is not a disease but a symptom.

Parasites, especially fleas or ticks, are a common suspect in
canine itching. The bites irritate your dog, and he scratches them.
Some dogs are hypersensitive to flea saliva. One bite can trigger
all-over itching for these sensitive pooches.

Ridding the dog of fleas can solve the problem, so conscientious
use of a flea treatment is your best bet. Many flea treatments are
combined with a tick preventative, so your dog gets double
protection. Treatments require consistency for best effect; miss a
dose, and your dog becomes a target!

Bacterial and fungal infections of the skin can also cause
itching. Scabs, discharge, and odor are frequent companions to this
cause of itchiness. Subsequent hot spots and infections add to your
dog’s misery.

Topical treatments like Banixx Pet Care can help his irritated
skin heal quickly. Odorless Banixx has a pH level that stops
infections because it stymies bacteria growth, doesn’t sting when
applied, and is steroid and antibiotic-free. Additionally, Banixx
is not sticky, oily or viscous.

If your vet thinks this type of infection is the culprit, she
most likely will prescribe an antibiotic.  But if the itching
continues, there’s a good chance your dog may have an
allergy.

Allergies can range from sensitivity to certain foods to
allergens in the dog’s environment such as pollens, molds, dust
or even grass. If your dog’s itching flares up during a
particular season, his allergy struggle may be seasonal, making the
cause easier to find. Dogs with year-round itching may have an
environmental allergy or a food allergy. This allergy investigation
requires time and patience as it involves identifying the potential
irritant.

For a possible food allergy, changing his diet from what he had
been eating – both meals and treats – may uncover a sensitivity if
the change improves his itchiness. Food allergies are quite common
in dogs due to the fact that some dog foods contain too much corn,
soy or other “fillers.” Switching to a higher protein food may
make a difference but be patient while your dog’s system
assimilates the new food. It can take as long as a month before his
allergic symptoms improve.

For environmental allergies, testing can be done by your vet and
the results tell which allergens are indicated and an allergy
medication can be administered.

Uncovering the root cause of your dog’s itchiness can be
complicated. But your furry family member will be ever grateful
that you did.

Suzanne Quigley is a freelance copywriter, former veterinary
assistant, lifelong horsewoman, and dedicated pet owner. She enjoys
writing for the equine and pet markets and says her horse, dog, and
two cats give her all the writing inspiration that she needs. Visit
her web site at: https://www.suzannequigleycopywriter.com/

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Source: FS – Dogs – MDM
Why Does My Dog Itch? Ear Infection Advice with Suzanne Quigley