"Fido is scratching and smells bad again!" This is a call that we receive regularly this time of year. Dogs begin to scratch, biting and thumping at themselves at all hours of the day and night. Sometimes considered seasonal, meaning a change in seasons will bring it on, the itching and scratching can introduce bacteria into the skin, which can, in turn, cause infections. Those infections are what the owners are seeing and smelling.
The culprit? Usually, fleas! On dogs with sensitivities, one flea can wreak havoc. One bite can cause a dog to itch and bite for days, even weeks. Imagine you are bitten by a mosquito. How long is that spot itchy? For some of us it is fairly well tolerated and the itch subsides in a few days. For those us who are sensitive,that darn bite continues to :bug" us for considerably longer than that, and can cause a puffy, reddened, and very itchy lesion to form at the site. Sensitive dogs suffer the same fate, but are not able to suppress the scratching or get relief from balms, lotions, or creams. So, what can you do?
First, get your pet on a vet prescribed flea and tick control. Second, keep your pet properly groomed; have them regularly bathed and get longer hair combed out or trimmed. Next, when your pet begins to itch, quell it quickly with distraction, treats, and, if necessary, the cone-of-shame.
Lastly, if your dog has areas of baldness, lesions, redness, or seeping areas, don't hesitate to get them in. Waiting only increases the recovery time and adds stress to your pets existence. The sooner the problem is addressed, the sooner your pet will be back to his or her happy self