Posted by Pet Health Advisor Joseph on 21st Feb 2017
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.
Raising a cat is never as easy as it looks. At first you think it's going to be nothing but playtime but soon you find yourself fretting over collars, shampoos, treats...and perhaps most importantly - food! Once you've picked the right food for your cat however, you then have to decide how you're going to [...]
Just like for humans, proper dental care & maintenance is crucial to canine oral health. However, it's one aspect of pet health that the majority of dog owners ignore. It's estimated that over three quarters of dogs over three years old suffer from periodontal (gum) disease! Whenever a dog with such a problem eats or [...]
Overweight or obese cats make up nearly 30% of all cats in the UK, so this is an increasingly common problem cat owners are facing. Like humans, obesity in cats predisposes them to a whole host of health problems including diabetes & arthritis. Below I'm going to try and help you get your cat's weight [...]
It's almost impossible not to love kittens, with their cute little meows and tiny feet, these little balls of fluff can melt any heart. However, as all cat parents know - they can also wreak havoc. Whether by sprinting around your home, scratching furniture or climbing the curtains, their behaviour can prove troublesome. Below I'll [...]
Just like babies & toddlers, puppyhood is an exciting stage in your dog's life where they want to explore as much as possible. Where the danger presents itself however, is the fact that the only thing a puppy can use to learn about the world is his mouth. Below are some good tips about what [...]
Looking after a senior cat is very different to looking after a young cat. Here are some great tips to keep your cat healthy later in life.1. Take them for regular check-ups with your vetMost vets recommend that you take a senior cat in for a thorough check-up at least twice a year, even more [...]
As a Pet Parent it’s never easy when your little fur-baby is sick. Below I’ll explain signs to watch out for as well as how best to treat your dogs if they do fall ill. Just like us humans, dogs can suffer from colds, particularly in these cold winter months. Don’t worry if you’re sick, as the bacteria that infect humans [...]
Toilet Training Your New PuppyThere is no doubt that when you first become a pet-parent, a major question that is asked is 'How do I train my new pup?' Although it is a simple concept (albeit, time consuming!) it is something that people worry about and can have problems with. So here are some top-tips [...]
Dog can shake or tremble for a great many reasons, sometimes it's nothing to worry about, other times it can be a sign of a serious problems that needs urgent veterinary intervention. Ways to distinguish are if it's out of the ordinary, you're dog is showing other unusual behaviors and can't be distracted. Have a look at our [...]