VISIT THE VETERINARIAN

VISIT THE VETERINARIAN—AND GET TO THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF ITCHING

Many different skin problems can look alike. So, seeking the professional advice from a veterinarian is important to determine if an infection, parasites, or allergy is the reason for your dog’s excessive itching and discomfort. Coping with a dog that licks, scratches, or chews constantly can take a toll on everyone who spends time in your home, including your children and your friends.

KNOW THE SIGNSKnow the signs of dog itch

Here is a list of what to watch out for:

  • Excessive licking, chewing, biting, or scratching
  • Excessive rolling, rubbing, or scooting
  • Foot chewing
  • Hair loss 
  • Recurrent ear problems
  • Changes in the skin, such as sores or darkened color
  • Redness of the skin
  • Body odor
  • Head shaking 

KEEP TRACK OF THE FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF ITCHING

Check box Does the itching happen often?
Check box How long does it last?
Check box Is it becoming more and more severe?
Check box Does it happen when your pet goes outdoors?

These are all good questions to ask yourself and discuss with your veterinarian.

Keep a record of your dog's itch between now and your appointment.

THE ITCH TRACKER MAKES IT EASY

Seek advice early to rule out infection

SEEK ADVICE EARLY AND RULE OUT INFECTION

It’s important to get answers early—especially since continual scratching and itching can lead to additional problems, including infection.

Anytime your dog’s skin is damaged by scratching, chewing, or rubbing, it creates an opportunity for secondary infection. Broken or damaged skin is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Identifying the problem early—and, importantly, getting the right treatment—can help prevent infection and bring your dog relief faster.

TREATING NOW CAN HELP IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

When your dog suffers, it affects the whole family…

Excessive itching and scratching can affect your dog’s energy level, demeanor, sleep patterns, and participation in activities—which impacts the entire family. You may sacrifice your own plans to care for your dog, avoid inviting guests to your house, or even have trouble sleeping due to worry or because of the sound of constant scratching, licking, or chewing.

The good news is allergic dog itch can be treated.

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