Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Do You Have a Dog that Is Licking and Scratching?

Is your dog licking and scratching constantly?  This can be annoying for both pet and owner.  Let’s take a look at some reasons why this annoying behavior could be happening.

Dogs can have a condition call Allergic Dermatitis.  This can be an allergic reaction to food, insect bites, fleas, pollen or grooming products.  This can make a dog scratch so much that it leads to a nasty rash.  Medication can be prescribed by a veterinarian but the best cure is to find the cause.

Dogs that seem to constantly scratching its ears or licking its toes may have a yeast infection.  Yeast infections can lead to irritated, itchy discolored skin.  It’s important to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to be diagnosed and treated.  A topical cream or oral medication maybe prescribed for worse cases.

A dog that has sores, bump or scabs on the skin may have bacterial folliculitis.  This condition usually occurs with other skin problems such as allergies, injury or mange.  Most veterinarians would recommend oral antibiotics plus antibacterial shampoo or ointments.

Impetigo is a common skin condition in puppies.  Puss filled blisters mostly develop on hairless areas such as the stomach.  It’s important to get this checked because the blister can be painful and sometimes burst leaving a crusty film.  This condition is rarely serious and treated with a topical solution.  There are a small amount of cases that the infection spreads and becomes persistent.

Ringworm is caused by a fungus that forms ring shaped patches on the skin.  These patches can form anywhere but are mostly found on the legs, ears, paws or dogs head.  The patches are usually inflamed and scaly with hair loss.  This condition is very contagious and can spread quickly.  There are various anti-fungal treatments that a veterinarian can recommend.

The conditions above are very aggravating for dogs and its important to get proper treatment.  It’s important to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian if any of these conditions seem to be appearing.