Skin disease in our canine pets is a huge problem, and we see a lot of it here at Uni Vets Camden. The most common causes of itchiness in dogs are allergies from flea bites, food and other allergens in our environment such as dust or pollen. Sometimes we cannot prevent these diseases, but depending on the type of allergy or allergies present, there are some things you can do to minimise the risk for your pet.
This can include using a good flea preventative treatment consistently to prevent the fleas from biting your dog and causing an allergic reaction. Dogs can also develop itchiness from the burrowing movement of skin mites which can sometimes burrow deep into the skin. Some of the new flea products on the market can prevent and treat the common dog mites. Using these products can therefore help prevent or reduce allergies from flea bites, and direct irritation from mites.
If your dog does develop significant itchiness despite consistent flea and mite protection, take your dog to the vet so they can get to the bottom of the issue early. Secondary skin infections from bacteria and yeast can occur, which are uncomfortable for your pet and may require additional treatment before an underlying allergy can be addressed.
So, if you notice persistent or excessive itching in your dog or cat, book a consultation with a vet and nip it in the bud.
By Adheip Prabakaran, 5th Year Veterinary Student, The University of Sydney