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Why Is My Puppy Itching?

"My puppy keeps scratching!" Is one of the most common things a vet will hear. Most of the time puppies scratching is just totally normal behaviour and nothing to worry about - maybe they just don't like their collar! Sometimes however it can be more significant. Below I'll talk about some of the most common causes to look out for.

Fleas - This is the one thing pet owners everywhere worry about. If your puppy has fleas you'll be able to spot them if you look closely enough. They're tiny dark brown bugs that most commonly like to hide near the tail or on your pet's belly - where it's nice and dark for them. Another thing to watch out for is if parts of your puppy's fur look reddish when you bathe him, as that's what flea faeces looks like when exposed to water.

Mange - There are two kinds of Mange your dog could suffer from: Sarcoptic and Demodectic. Sarcoptic is contagious to both other animals and humans - and will cause your dog to itch like MAD. Demodex Mange is not as contagious or itchy. You'll need to see your vet if you suspect your dog has Mange as it needs to be looked at under a microscope.

Ear Mites - Tiny insects that live in dogs' ears. Not all itchy ears will have mites but more often than not itchy ears are caused by skin infections. Once again however these are things that you'll need to get seen to by your Vet.

Dry Skin - Dry skin has several possible causes, sometimes it can be environmental, others it could be down to diet. Puppies commonly have quite dry skin, but if it seems a little more serious your vet will be able to tell you if the problem is down to an infection. 

Puppy Pyoderma - This is kind of like canine pimples. These are very common in puppies, particularly around the groin area. However, as your puppy matures into an adult dog these generally go away. Again, if you're worried, please see your vet to make sure.

This list is of course non-exhaustive, and if you're ever in doubt the best person to go and speak to is your Vet!

I hope this article has been helpful.

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