There are many causes for itching. One of the most common and easily remedied cause is an external parasite infestation. Fleas, ticks, mites and other external parasites can bite at the dog's skin causing an irritation. Flea allergies are very common in dogs.
In fact, dogs can be allergic to a variety of things, including:
- Environment: grass, pollen, dust mites, household or garden chemicals
- External Parasites: fleas, mosquitoes, ticks
- Food: protein sources
Consult your veterinarian to get to the root of the irritation.
The dog is excessively licking, scratching or chewing at one or more areas of his body. Paws, ears, and back are frequent areas of itching.
These behaviors can lead to rashes, hair loss or self-inflicted lesions. This, in turn, can become infected with bacteria and exacerbate the problem.
Your veterinarian will focus on identifying and treating the underlying cause. Routine cleaning and care of the skin will help your dog feel more comfortable.