Allergies are the cause of many itchy dogs. Usually, the dog has some kind of allergic reaction to something, and this causes him to itch. Dogs also have a tendency to scratch in an effort to relieve their irritation. You can get some dog allergy medicine to help them, or you can do a few things around the house on your own.
There are many allergies that can cause a dog to itch. However, you should first understand that dogs scratch in reaction to their allergies. They don’t have any other way of dealing with their problems. Unlike humans, dogs do not know how to apply medicines or creams, so they do what they know, they scratch and bite. Unfortunately, this ultimately leads to more problems and does little to help them.
The main issue you will deal with is the dog getting the allergy over and over. If they are constantly exposed to that which caused the allergic reactions, it stands to reason why they would get infected again. Prolonged exposure to allergy causing stimuli will not only lead to discomfort, but it can make some problems worse.
For example, if a dog scratches too frequently, he can make his skin sore. Not only that, but the soreness can lead to infections or other problems. Sensitive skin can also make it hard to apply any creams or medications to soothe his itching. It can also make it hard to apply any kind of shampoos. Repeated scratching can lead to hair loss as well.
There are a few different allergies that can lead to itching. Some of these include allergies to outdoor stimuli such as pollen, allergies to cleaning agents and chemicals, allergies to flea bites, and even allergies to dog food. In most cases, these can be dealt with fairly easily. The hard part is figuring out what is causing the allergy in the first place.
Because so many allergies have similar effects and symptoms, it can be difficult to figure out what is actually causing the allergy. The best way to solve this is to eliminate all variables that might be causing problems. Start with the environment. Keep your grass cut short and clean from pollen. Keep it dry as well before he goes out. If you use cleaners indoors, keep the dog away from them or try to use them in a way that will not affect the dog. Remember that dogs are always on the carpet.
If you suspect fleas, try to kill them in the environment. Give the dog something to soothe the itching. Like I said before, you don’t want him scratching himself to death. Fleas can be hard to spot, so it may require some close inspection.
If you suspect something in his diet, then there are two things you can do. One is to switch to a more healthy brand. Some brands of dog food are designed for dogs with allergies. There may also be organic alternatives available. However, if this does not work, then he may be allergic to a specific ingredient in the food. Be organized and systematic when you give him different kinds of ingredients like beef or poultry. That way, you can tell how he reacts.
Itchy dogs are unhappy dogs. However, with the right knowledge, the problems can easily be treated. In most cases, it could simply be dog allergies. If the problems look severe, you may want to make a trip to the vet. In any case, you should continue your research and become more informed so you can properly deal with his problems in a timely manner.