If the dog is scratching from time to time, there is no need to worry, but be careful when it becomes a frequent behavior.
The dog is scratching and you do not know why? Well, you should know in the meantime that the dog’s itch is one of many problems related to the dog world that are likely to be taken lightly by novices and more experienced masters. Let’s say that for the dog, scratching can be a common practice, but it is necessary to carefully monitor this phenomenon to prevent it from intensifying.
A bit like human beings, itching can be a “nothing” or hint and the beginning of something more serious. Obviously, we must also take into account the threshold of tolerance of each animal / individual, which could deceive us.
The dog is scratching: causes
What are the main and most common causes of itching in dogs? What brings our four-legged friend to scratch, maybe even compulsively? In general, we can make a first macro-division into causes related to allergic diseases (food or seasonal) and parasitic.
In this article, we will try to give an overview of this phenomenon, explaining how to prevent and cure the excessive scratches of our dear hairy quadruped. For example, it is necessary to try to understand whether it is an extemporaneous or chronic disorder in order to act appropriately, if necessary in consultation with the trusted veterinarian. For example, some disorders are strictly related to certain periods of the year, ie to the seasons: for example, see pollen in spring or mosquitoes in summer.
This type of itching can lead to so-called dermatitis: a more acute and prolonged form that may not soothe your dog. If he continues to scratch insistently, do not hesitate to take him to the clinic. Another fundamental chapter in this treatment of canine itch is fleas.
Maybe it did not come to your mind, but it’s still a widespread cause. No dog is free from catching these harmful pests, not even the cleanest and cleanest.
The dog scratches: remedies
What can be considered remedies for this thorny question? There are natural and pharmaceutical substances, depending on the case and the severity. In short, what to do in these cases? Do not worry and take a look at these tips. First, a healthy or at least healthier diet: a diet (re) balanced, possibly followed by a true nutritionist, can restore the “Ph” of our friend, both epidermal and emotional.
A cure if we want a less orthodox treatment and more “creative” is that of music therapy, which could alleviate the stress of the dog and, therefore, his desire to scratch. We will now present some specific cases, bearing in mind all the information listed so far:
The dog scratches his ear: the itch in the ears is certainly one of the most prevalent in the dog world. In fact, it is linked to specific pathologies such as azoacariosis, linked to an invisible parasite that hides stealth especially among puppies (not only of dog but also of cat).
The dog scratches his muzzle: another rather widespread itch, which is not surprising if we think that the sense of smell is more important for dogs than for us humans. Our four-legged friend often uses his nose to capture and interpret the smells that pass through it. Obviously, it will happen to rub the muzzle everywhere, increasing the risk of coming into contact with substances that can cause irritation and therefore itching. In some cases, it can be attributed to allergies: pollen, mites, contact with certain materials present, for example, in objects with which it is in close contact (see the bowls in which it eats).
The dog scratches under the belly: even in this case, the causes and the remedies can be multiple. It can be a food intolerance that pushes him to always touching the height of his belly or a problem related to contact: since the dog lies down and rubs around, he could scratch himself by rubbing with grass or a similar object. .
The dog scratches and bites: it can happen that a simple itch degenerates into something unbearable for the dog. In some cases, in fact, the animal does not scratch but bites itself. In these cases, real hormonal and / or emotional imbalances can also occur (anxiety and nervousness in general, but also more rarely in case of boredom).