There are many causes for itching. One of the most common and easily remedied cause is a parasitic infection. Fleas and other parasites, including mange mites, can bite at the dog's skin causing an irritation. Some dogs actually have an allergy to fleas, which can exacerbate the problem.
In fact, dogs can be allergic to a variety of things, including:
- dust mites,
- pollen and plants
- household or garden chemicals.
Consult your vet to get to the root of the irritation.
The dog is compulsively licking, scratching or chewing at one or more areas of his body. Paws, ears and back are frequent areas of itching.
Sometimes you can see a rash, crusts or hair loss as self-inflicted lesions. the skin can of course be infected by its oral bacteria and then the lesion will become purulent.
Occasionally, the affected area appears as a patch of oozing, reddened skin: a so-called hot spot.
Your vet will focus on identifying and treating the underlying cause, which can be a challenge, and will inform you about supportive skin care of the condition. Clean and care the skin will help your dog to feel comfortable.