Of the various symptoms of dog allergies, scratching seems to be the most common. While it is okay for a dog to scratch, if the dog scratches constantly, it could lead to various problems. Let’s go over some of the causes and symptoms and some quick dog allergy remedies.
Rampant scratching needs to be taken care of for two reasons. One, it shows that the dog is uncomfortable. Being itchy all the time makes him miserable. The second reason is because he can make problems worse for himself by scratching too much.
Dogs have a tendency to scratch when they have an allergy or another type of condition with similar symptoms. Many allergies can lead to a dog scratching, and usually the scratching ends up being a little too frequent. What happens is that the scratching can start to wear out the skin. The dog will start to develop more sores and you’ll begin to notice bald spots.
The thing that can be difficult is isolating the source of the allergy. It could be something outdoors, or it could be a flea bite or even his dog food. Many allergies have similar symptoms. You should also take care not to confuse a simple allergy with a more serious health problem. Most allergies have somewhat mild symptoms whereas more serious conditions show more serious signs. Use your best judgment.
Okay, so what can cause itchiness in the first place? Let’s start with things outdoors. This can sometimes be referred to as environmental dermatitis. It can be from various things, but usually it has something to do with the grass. There could be chemicals on the grass that are getting on him. It might also be pollen on the grass. In some cases, the dog could even be allergic to the grass itself. Be aware of any moisture outside as well since some dogs can get it under their hair, and it can lead to irritation.
If you suspect an outdoor allergen, there are a couple things you can do. One, is to keep the grass cut short. Another thing you can do is keep the grass clean. Make sure it is dry before the dog goes outside if you can help it.
Fleas are another cause of itching. If a dog is allergic to fleas, things will be worse. In any case, you want to try to both prevent fleas from getting on the dog, and you want to give him something to soothe the itching. There are products available to do both that are relatively easy to procure.
You also need to consider the dog’s diet as a potential source of the problem. There are two things to consider here. One, is the nutrition itself. Is the dog eating healthy? Does his particular breed have any special needs? Next, consider if he has an allergy to the food. Try getting a more healthy or organic dog food. Also, see if he is allergy to one specific ingredient in the food so you can avoid getting anything with that in it.
In the end, most scratching can be stopped with some simple changes. Keep chemicals like cleaners away from him or away from where he might get into them such as the grass or carpet. Keep his area clean, and clean the yard as well. Try to keep the area free of fleas. Also, look for something to soothe the itch. You don’t want him scratching all the time. Of the various dog allergies, scratching can be easy to deal with, but should not be ignored.