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Why Does My Dog Itch?

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Check out this list of skin diseases in dogs to find out why your fido is itching like a maniac. 

They're our best friends and perfect companions, our cuddle buddies too. But, when you find skin problems on your pet, they may be bringing parasites and contagious diseases into your home. The list below capitalizes on the most commonly seen skin infections in pets. While they might sound itchy and gruesome, all are treatable with proper medication and advice from the vet.

Common Skin Diseases in Pets

Ringworm

Since ringworm is transmitted from spores in the soil to the animal's body, it is easily tracked on to carpets, rugs, and furniture. While ringworm does not create itching, the bacterial infection of small cuts and scabs can cause a K-9 to go crazy. It looks like a circular, red rash. In order to treat the condition, apply a topical, anti-fungal cream prescribed by your veterinarian. Treatment may last 4-6 weeks.

Mange

Found in dogs that are less than a year old, mange is an abundance of mites hidden inside the pets fur that will eventually lead to patches of hair loss. By taking your pet to a veterinarian a soon as possible, the type of mange can be identified and proper treatment will ensue. The most common type of mange is called demodectic mange and cannot be spread to humans.

Yeast Infections

If your dog is itching his ear, rubbing his head, or walking in circles, he may have an ear infection caused by excessive amounts of yeast. Through a vet's exam, your pet will be prescribed an anti-fungal treatment and will be cured in a matter of days. The most common breeds who suffer from yeast infections include cocker spaniels, golden retrievers and poodles.

Food Allergies

Ear inflammation, digestive issues, diarrhea, gassiness and paw licking are all signs of a food allergy in your pet. In order to curb this serious condition, the dog must be taken off his current diet and fed with food he's never eaten. Slowly start reintroducing familiar foods and if he begins reacting again, you know it's an allergy. By cooking your dog's food and finding out the proper amount of nutrients required for healthy living, food allergies can be eliminated.

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