My dog is constantly scratching himself. She's eating well and being her usual energetic self. I haven't seen any blood or fleas or anything yet, but I'm worried.
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One common cause of skin irritation and itching in dogs is allergies. These can be environmental, such as pollen or dust mites, or they could be related to food. Given that your dog is still eating well and energetic, a food allergy might be less likely, but it's not out of the question.
Another potential cause could be parasites other than fleas, such as mites, which can lead to conditions like sarcoptic mange (scabies) or demodectic mange.
Skin infections, such as bacterial or yeast infections, can also cause itching and discomfort. These might occur as a result of the dog breaking the skin barrier by scratching, allowing opportunistic pathogens to take hold.
At home, you can take some steps to provide relief and potentially identify the cause:
Use a gentle, hypoallergenic dog shampoo to bathe your dog. This can help remove any irritants from the skin and provide temporary relief from itching.
And consider using an Elizabethan collar (e-collar) to prevent your dog from scratching and causing further damage to the skin.
If the itching persists or worsens, or if you notice signs of infection (such as pus, redness, or an unpleasant odor), or if your dog seems lethargic or loses her appetite, these would be indications that a visit to the vet is necessary. Additionally, if you see your dog excessively licking or biting at a particular area, or if the skin appears to be thickening or developing unusual lesions, these are also signs that professional evaluation is needed.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.