Is your dog constantly scratching or biting herself? Itchy skin is a common symptom in dogs that can point to a variety of skin issues. At Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert, your furry friend’s health and comfort are our top priority! Addressing dog skin issues quickly is key to keeping your pup happy and healthy. Read on for more information about common itchy skin issues in dogs, so you can identify the problem and find treatment options— and provide relief for your fur baby—as quickly as possible.
Food allergies in dogs are most often evident with increased itching around the ears, face, feet, and hind-quarters. This type of allergy is often caused by something in the dog’s diet, such as certain grains or proteins to which they may be intolerant. Zeroing in on the cause of the allergy most likely calls for a food elimination diet, under the care of your veterinarian. Treating a food allergy entails slowly eliminating certain foods in order to find out the source of the allergy. We would advise pet owners to refrain from introducing any new foods to the dog during the elimination period. This will ensure the elimination process clearly points to the food or ingredient causing the skin issue.
Just like food allergies, environmental allergies are triggered when the dog comes into contact with an irritant, which is present somewhere in the environment around them. Common environmental irritants include grass, pollen, or dust mites. These types of allergies often manifest outwardly as scratching of the face, chest, feet, or stomach. Such an allergy can be diagnosed through a blood test. Treatments can vary, and may include the use of special shampoos, allergy tablets, or injections.
Yeast infections love to grow in warm areas that are hard to reach such as armpits, ear canals, and around the dog’s hind-quarters. This type of infection is a result of the combination of excess moisture and warmth. It can cause the dog to itch and bite the infected area. Yeast infections can also cause discoloration of the skin and an unpleasant odor. If you notice these signs and symptoms in your dog, give us a call. This type of infection is often easily treated by using a topical cream or medication, as well as frequent bathing and drying of the infected area.
Fleas and Ticks
Parasite allergies are one of the most common skin conditions in dogs and are most often caused by bites from ticks and fleas. When such insects bite the dog’s skin, it causes the dog’s skin to itch profusely. The dog continually scratches the site of the flea or tick bite, which leads to red, inflamed skin. Parasites like fleas and ticks hide in carpets and bedding, so it is very important to maintain a clean environment for the pet and also ensure that the pet is up-to-date with its flea and tick treatments.
At Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert, we care about the health and comfort of your pets. If you notice any of the above dog skin issues or excessive itching, contact us online as soon as possible. We can help provide relief for your furry friend—so she can get back to living her healthiest, happiest life!