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Stop Dog Scratching

Stop dog scratchingThere are probably millions of dog owners out there right now desperate to figure out how to stop dog scratching. Whether from fleas, a food allergic reaction, or perhaps a fixation on his skin, a dog that keeps scratching may cause hot spots, bacterial infections, along with other skin conditions that may progress to serious long-term problems if you are not very careful.

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What Causes Dog Scratching

There are several reasons why a dog may scratch incessantly. Before you'll be able to stop dog scratching, you have to first determine the root cause.

Infection – Infections can be due to bacteria, fungi, or yeast. Locate hairless patches, greasy sores, or red lumps for any of the three.

Allergenic – Food allergies, flea allergies, plant and dust allergies, as well as other allergic reactions can all result in skin problems that cause serious itching.

Neurogenic – This is a nervous problem that may be brought on by extreme licking and chewing. Frequently, this is the result of too little exercise or mental stimulation. It can also be due to separation anxiety.

Parasites – All parasites can produce itching, including ticks, fleas, flies, gnats, and mites. Most medications will stop parasites.

Nutritional – A dog that does not receive the correct nutrients in her diet can get dry skin, developing eczema, sores, or just bad hair that results in dryness.

Environmental – An excessive amount of water from swimming, digging, or playing outdoors may cause scratching too.

As you can see, before you are able to stop dog scratching, you have to first determine the reason why the scratching began initially.

Visiting the Veterinarian

To exactly pinpoint where the scratching behavior is coming from, go to your veterinarian and get your dog thoroughly examined. If it's an infection your dog will require some kind of antibiotics, antifungal or cream to get rid of the effects. Allergic reactions will be treated with antihistamines as well as a change in diet, and parasites are able to be treated with flea baths and medications.

Dealing with Neurogenic Scratching

When you try to stop your dog from scratching, the most difficult to stop is the neurogenic cause. Each of the five other problems can usually be treated with medication, changes in diet or exercise routines. For serious neurogenic itching, the very first thing you should do is determine why your dog might feel the need to constantly scratch his skin.

Initially, make certain your dog is getting sufficient exercise. More often than not, the dog is simply bored and has developed a neurotic tick to constantly itch or lick, more or less hypnotically. To stop dog scratching because of boredom, you might also have to prevent that behavior. This can be done by placing bitter apple spray or cayenne pepper on your dog’s favorite licking places.

You can even obtain a cone from your vet that won't permit the dog to reach those itching hot spots. When the dog has an improved, much more active exercise routine, it will be possible to gradually return their other activities to normal, getting rid of the cone as well as the spray.

If your dog carries on scratching, be sure you visit your vet once again to eliminate any other medical conditions. Occasionally, infections can develop in the interim.

Ultimately, your objective as a dog owner is to pay close attention to the reason why your dog might begin scratching. Usually, it can be quickly resolved, however you can't be too careful.

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