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As a pet parent, I have always woken up to my dogs Luna and Max going to town scratching, licking and shaking their ears, paws and back.
Usually, I’d huff and mumble the words ‘no’ and ‘please guys stop’ and go right back to sleep. No matter how many years of experience one has with their pets, every time there always seems to be something new to learn. Such was the case with my pet’s tendency to itch.
Once I consulted a professional about the various reasons on why my dogs were persistently scratching themselves. Now, I realise how important it is to share this information with other pet parents like me!
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Unfortunately, the very act of your dog's scratching themselves may also be a simple act of self - cleansing. The key is to pay close attention to your dog's behaviour.
I spent some time “calculating” and by calculating, I mean stared at Luna scratching herself and realised how uncomfortable her facial expressions as well as body language were.
Like most pet parents, I turned to Google for answers but was overwhelmed by the amount of information available. Ultimately, I decided to take her to the vet.
There are four main reasons why a dog may be itchy.
Just like how humans can react poorly to certain foods, our furry friends can experience adverse reactions as well. So, it's important to be mindful of what we feed them and to watch out for any signs of allergies or sensitivities.
Making mistakes is the part and parcel of any form of parenting. There may be a varying number of reasons why your dog may encounter a skin infection which can lead to anxiety for you and your pet. But every problem has a good solution.
Awareness and solutions always go hand in hand which is why there can be many ways an infection or a random uncomfortable bout of itchiness can be treated.
It is important to note that every veterinarian will perform a rash analysis. If we look at the probable causes noted above, we can conclude that every infection and every rash is different and may have different solutions. Observation, evaluation and treatment will lead to a successful solution almost always!
Choosing the correct products
Health issues can be tiring and frustrating for every pet parent. Such situations can also be avoided if we apply the correct products on our pets.
Using all-natural shampoos that are not only sulphate and paraben-free but include amazing ingredients like aloe-vera and apple cider vinegar can be extremely beneficial.
We love our pets, and just as we appreciate nature’s gifts like aloe vera, they deserve to benefit from them too! Our families are familiar with remedies like coconut milk, oatmeal, and aloe vera, and how they are great for moisturising, protecting, healing, and reducing inflammation. That's why our dogs deserve a spa day which will not only comfort them but also protect them from certain bacterial infections.
Parenting is tough. No matter how many dogs you care for, whether they are Indie babies who have survived under harsh conditions or a particular breed with skin conditions. The common consensus always takes us to a point where we are learning and growing as pet parents every single day. Our furry friends deserve all the love and support, and we are here for them!
Yes, there are. Aloe-vera, chamomile tea soaks and apple cider vinegar can heal mild yeast infections and reduce irritant feelings of itchiness. Yet, it is important to note that none of these should be used without getting a heads up from a vet to avoid any sudden reactions from your dog's skin.
Yes. If your dog has been shedding more than usual, going to a vet for a checkup will help prevent any harm!
Many times, food allergies can translate in the form of itching, dry skin and other allergic reactions.
A consultation with your vet and the correct form of antibiotics can easily help heal an allergy caused by a flea infestation.
Some common flowers that can be harmful to your dog are - Tulips, Lilies, Chrysanthemums, Carnations and Dahlias.
As pet parents worrying about their health and comfort is a part and parcel of our journey with them. Thus, it is amazing to see the various explanations and treatments available whenever they feel uncomfortable.
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