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					The medical term often mentioned by veterinarians for excessive dog
itching is pruritus. Scratching in dogs ordinarily is not cause to worry,
but if it becomes excessive it may possibly be a warning sign indicating
a much more severe disorder. There are a number of diverse skin problems
in canines that can be the cause of the itchy skin condition. But if a
canine's itchy skin is inciting the development of additional skin
conditions such as swelling and reddening of your pet's skin, skin
lesions and hair loss, or you see the dog licking or chewing at his paws,
then the animal should be taken to a vet for testing since each of these
are signs of a more serious skin problem. If it is not treated, the
canine's scratching and itching may lead to infection. Even though all
breeds of canines can develop pruritus, Westies, Golden Retrievers,
Poodles and Cocker Spaniels appear to have a larger frequency of
incidences than other dog breeds.

The Reasons Behind the Canine Scratching and Itching

Itching and scratching in canines occurs because of a chemical reaction
that happens on or directly under the surface of the skin. If it is
intense, it is typically a sign that the dog is struggling with at least
one of several different skin problems of a more serious nature.

Intense itching and scratching could perhaps be a sign of the following
skin disorders in dogs:

Flea bite allergies are the most prevalent source of allergies in dogs.
When a flea bites a dog, it deposits a modest amount of saliva under the
skin resulting in a chemical reaction that brings about itchiness in
dogs.

Seasonal allergies are the second most frequent cause of itching in
canines. This type of allergy is like asthma and hay fever in people. If
the dog breathes in substances like pollen, dust and molds, it triggers
an allergic reaction in the canine's immune system. This type of allergy
might also lead to breathing difficulties besides being the source of the
dog's scratching.

Yet another form of allergy that is less common but could trigger itching
in canines is an allergy to food. An allergy to food is caused when the
animal eats food or a food ingredient that it's sensitive to.

Likewise, add scabies to the list of skin disorders in canines that can
cause pruritus. Scabies, clinically known as sarcoptic mange, is
triggered by a mite burrowing directly below the surface of the skin. The
mite feeds on substances on or beneath the skin of the animal causing
intense and continuous scratching.

Bacterial and yeast infections may also be causing an animal's scratching
and itching problems. Infections are ordinarily brought on by open sores
and scratches that aren't adequately cleaned. Ear mites can also bring
about this sort of skin irritation in dogs.

How to Identify Skin Conditions in Canines
Finding the cause for a canine's skin condition has usually proven to be
very challenging for most veterinarians and pet owners. To uncover the
source of the condition, various examinations and treatments might
possibly need to be performed meaning that diagnosis might take anywhere
between a couple of weeks to a number of months. Primarily based on the
animal's physical signs and health background, a veterinarian will
perform a number of lab screens which often include extracting samples of
blood, scrapings of the skin, obtaining culture samples and performing a
skin biopsy.

How to Treat Itchy Skin in Canines

Even if the underlying cause of a canine's itching and scratching is not
known yet, there are products offered to repair the animal's skin and
ease the itching and scratching. A vet may perhaps recommend skin creams,
shampoos, antihistamines or possibly even immunotherapy in more moderate
instances. In more severe cases, he might recommend treatment utilizing
steroids. Steroids have been known to cause harmful side effects such as
uncontrollable urination, extreme panting and intense thirst, and
prolonged use could possibly give rise to the emergence of diabetes or
Cushing's disease, so if you do opt to utilize them, do so with great
care. Many dogs may have to have lifetime treatment for their skin
disorder.

All-natural Skin Treatments for Canines

A lof of animal clinics are currently recommending all natural canine
itching formulas as a safer and milder form of therapy. It is a
substitute to using steroids and other types of treatments that could
possibly lead to undesireable side effects. There are quite a few
successful and safe holistic canine skin treatments that have provided
patients a lot of needed relief by rejuvenating the dog's fur in addition
to treating and cleansing the canine's skin.

				
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