Dog Scratching at Skin

The causes and treatments of a dog’s skin scratching.


Parasites/Parasite-borne diseases: Fleas, ticks, or mites.

Allergies/hypersensitivities: Fleas, atopy (allergy to inhaled substances), or food allergies.

Infectious diseases: Dermatitis caused by bacteria (pyoderma), often with secondary yeast infection.

Miscellaneous: Secondary seborrhea (occurs secondary to another skin problem).

Congenital/Inherited disorders: Primary seborrhea.

Tumors: On skin.

Drug reaction: Ketoconazole (antifungal).

What to do: Scratching at the skin is not an emergency. Call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/29/2013 4:54:44 AM

I take my dog regularly for check ups and get all my flea, tick and mite protection from the Vet I do not just go and purchase it from the store.

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codsami   Springfield, MA

11/10/2012 3:55:57 AM

I have two pekinese who are deathly alergic to flea bites, an injection cost $160.00 just to stop the itching,ive learned that hydrocortosone cream is very effective just a little dab and it stop the itching immediately.

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Joe   middleburgh, NY

1/22/2012 5:19:00 AM

my lab puppy is 7 weeks old. he seems to be scratching himself constantly. what can I do. There are no fleas, breeder had him wormed but his skin looks a little flakey. please help

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Johnny   Nashville, GA

12/30/2011 6:00:56 PM

We have a 7 year old Chinese Shar-Pei. She is constantly biting or gnawing herself until she bleeds. She also shakes her head a lot. She has a real bad body odor even after bathing her and spraying with deodorant dog spray. What we do prevent these things? We can't afford a big vet bill.

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