Dear VetBabble: Why Is My Pet Dog Constantly Scratching, With Hair Loss and Skin Knots?
Friendly pet owners around the world often express their concerns about their beloved pooch’s skin health. One question that is commonly asked is, “My dog is always scratching and licking, has little knots all over her body and is suffering from hair loss. I try my best to take care of her, but can’t afford a visit to the vet. Have you got any advice on the possible causes and home remedies? Could it simply be a case of needing better flea treatment?”
Understanding Canine Skin Health
Scratching, skin knots, and hair loss in dogs can be caused by several issues, but the most common are usually parasites or skin conditions. Let’s look at these issues more closely.
The most common culprit when it comes to excessive scratching in dogs are pesky parasites. Fleas are a common issue that can cause intense itching, leading your furry friend to scratch and lick constantly. This often leads to hair loss, especially in the areas where they are able to reach by licking. Fleas can sometimes be tough to get rid of, and you might find your dog still troubled by them even after treatments, leading to questions like “Why Does My Dog Still Have Fleas?”
Apart from fleas, another potential cause could be Mange. Mange is a skin disease caused by tiny mites that burrow into the dog’s skin causing itching, hair loss, and formation of scabs and lesions. This could lead to the formation of little knots on your pet’s body, something that you’ve mentioned in your question.
Hair Loss In Dogs
Hair loss, or Alopecia, can be a result of several other issues aside from itching and scratching due to parasites. Hair loss can occur for various reasons, each indicating a different underlying problem. It could be due to allergies, hormonal imbalances, fungal infections or even certain types of diseases. For a more detailed overview of the causes of hair loss in canines, our article “Why is my dog’s hair falling out? Alopecia, allergies and other causes hair loss in dogs” is quite resourceful and can offer further help.
Solution And HomeCare
While getting your pet to a vet is the best way to confirm exactly what’s causing these symptoms, there are steps you can immediately take to help your pooch. Applying a high-quality flea treatment as you’ve suggested, is a good start. Ensuring your dog’s bedding is clean, and their coat is regularly groomed will also help.
It’s important to note that if these remedies do not improve your dog’s condition in due course, you may be dealing with something more serious and you should consider seeking professional help, even if it may cost a bit more.
Remember, early detection usually leads to easier and more successful treatments. The love we have for our pets often pushes us to do what’s necessary for them. So let’s ensure they enjoy the best health possible.