DOGS DON'T ITCH OR LICK FOR NO REASON
Have you noticed your dog scratching, licking, or chewing on their coat or paws a lot? Is it driving you crazy? I know it does me when my dogs are doing that. The excessive licking, chewing or itching is a sign that something is wrong and it's time to investage what could be the source.
First let's talk about why they are scratching, chewing or licking. There are several things that could be causing these issues and these are a few of the top reasons:
Often times when dog parents notice this behavior their first instinct is that their dog has fleas. Chances are your dog does NOT have fleas and this is why. what Fleas are easily identifiable and would cause itching or chewing in several areas on their body. So, first go ahead and check their coat for tiny black bugs. If you don't find any which, if they have fleas you will find quite a lot then, you can eliminate that concern.
Now that you know it (is or) isn't fleas observe your dog and take note if they are focusing on a specific area or two. If so, check the area(s) for a bite mark similar to a mosquito bite. If you don't see a bite but you see red and irritated skin the next possible cause may be...
Has your dog been outside rolling around in the grass or playing in muddy puddles? Their skin may be reacting to something outside. Your first step is to give them a bath. After you give them a bath if they continue chewing, licking or scratching...
I want you to think about any changes that you've made recently to their diet. Did they get treats they have never tried before? Did you switch their food? Even if you did make the switch in food by the book their body may be having a poor reaction to the new food. Many times a change in their diet will cause dry and itching skin. If this is the case I suggest going back to their previous food if they didn't have issues with it or try them on NUTRO, my #1 recommended brand dog parents no matter the breed. To learn more about why I love this brand and how to feed a premium diet click here.
Haven't made any dietary changes? The next probable issue -- more times than not -- is an ear infection. Notice when your dog is scratching if they are doing so behind the ear. Or maybe they are rolling around rubbing their ears on the floor. If this is the case then your next stop is the vet to get their ears checked and treated. If your dog is prone to ear infections click here for a few products to keep on hand to help minimize the vet visits and bills.