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From Tail Wag to Tail Scratch: Why My Dog Can't Stop Itching?

Updated on
September 6, 2023
A dog scratching its tail and can't stop itching
Veterinary Chris Hong
Dr Christopher Hong
Senior Veterinary B.SC, B.COMM, B.V.SC N9882
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Why Does My Dog Itch?

Ever wondered why your furry friend can't stop scratching after park visits? Sydney's bustling environment presents its own set of challenges:

  • Ectoparasites: Fleas are more than just a nuisance.
  • Skin Infections: Ever noticed small red spots or rashes? Yeast or bacteria might be the culprits.
  • Allergies: Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to their surroundings.

Allergies Unveiled

From grassy patches in the park to that new floor cleaner, allergens are everywhere:

  • Contact Allergy: Direct contact can lead to immediate reactions.
  • Flea Bite Hypersensitivity: Not just the bite but the flea's saliva can cause intense itching.
  • Atopic Dermatitis: An allergy to environmental factors, and often, a lifelong companion.

Decoding Allergy Symptoms

Notice your dog licking their paws more than usual or rubbing their face on the couch? These could be signs of underlying allergies:

  • Scooting & Paw Licking: Telltale signs of skin discomfort.
  • Face Rubbing & Ear Infections: Persistent issues? Allergies could be the underlying cause.

The Exclusion Diet: More Than Just a Fad

Differentiating food allergies from other irritants can be a game-changer. Introducing a new protein and carbohydrate source, while sticking strictly to it for 8-12 weeks, can offer insights. Remember, even a small treat outside this diet can sway results.

Battling the Itch: Treatments & More

Relief is possible. From short-term solutions to lifelong management strategies:

  • Dietary Supplements: Omega fatty acids aren't just buzzwords; they genuinely help.
  • Medicated Solutions: Give your dog a spa day, with a purpose.
  • Medication: Drugs can provide relief, but always be in the know about potential side effects.
  • Holistic Approaches: Nature often has answers where we least expect.
  • Immunotherapy: Tailored injections to build resistance.

Long-Term Management & Prevention

It's not just about the now. Ensuring your dog's comfort in the long run is the endgame:

  • Routine Vet Check-ups: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • Grooming & Clean Environment: A little cleanliness can prevent bigger issues down the road.
  • Understanding AD: Knowledge is power. With Atopic Dermatitis, it's a lifelong journey of management and understanding.

In Conclusion

While this guide offers a plethora of information, always remember: every dog is unique. Collaborate closely with your vet, tailor treatments, and ensure a happy, itch-free life for your pet.

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