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Have you ever stayed up late because of the sound of your dog scratching itself? If so, you won’t be the first and the only one to experience that. There are many owners who had sleepless nights, thinking about their itching dogs.
Scratching is a part of your dog’s life. It helps them relieve any itch they feel. But if your pit bull will not stop itching, maybe it’s time for you to get worried.
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We’ll talk about the reasons behind your dog’s itching in this article. Plus, we’ll also share tips and tricks to help your poor dog.
What Happens if Your Pit Bull Will Not Stop Itching?
Consistent itching and scratching are not just worrisome because of the underlying reason. It’s also something you should fix as soon as possible or your dog will be in more discomfort. Continuous scratching, biting, and chewing to relieve itch will cause a hot spot.
A hot spot is a red and wet irritated area. This is also known as acute moist dermatitis. It can be found anywhere in your dog’s body. But the most common areas are the head, hips, and chest.
If your pit bull continues to irritate a hot spot, it will grow and worsen.
Why It Doesn’t Stop
There are several reasons as to why your dog continues to itch. Below are the most common reasons.
Allergies can be caused by either food or allergens in their surroundings. It could either be the new dog food you’ve given them or they’ve been exposed to pollens or molds. Your dog can also get skin allergies from the soap and/or shampoo that you used.
When it comes to the latter, your dog may also develop contact dermatitis. This can also be triggered by pesticides.
The allergy will make your dog’s skin dry, greasy, or a combination of dry and oily.
It can be tough to eliminate the causes of your dog’s allergies. But you can consult their vet and see which one triggers their allergic reaction. Additionally, they can provide medications and treatments for your dog’s itch.
Dry skin can be caused by several factors, including weather with low humidity. If you live in an area like this, be sure to check your dog’s skin. This issue is easy to spot as they normally produce dandruff. The skin will also be tougher and may crack.
Besides the weather, your dog can get dry skin from the food you give them. Some commercial dog foods aren’t good for your pit bull. They strip your dog of their good oils which help them have healthier skin and coat.
Once your dog has dry skin, the slightest touch may bring itchiness and discomfort. They will have to relieve it by chewing, biting, licking, or scratching.
You can get a moisturizing shampoo for your dog. This can help them feel more relieved. But always be careful with what you buy and choose a product with no chemicals.
When it comes to food, it’s good to add digestive enzymes to your dog’s diet.
Parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites cause itching. They are bad for your dog’s health as it can ruin their lustrous coat and healthy skin. Additionally, they may completely endanger your dog’s health.
Fleas are often hard to see unless it’s an infestation. Ticks are easier to find, but you still have to be careful when taking them out. Meanwhile, mites are microscopic, and you can find it hard to know that your dog has it.
Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean your pit bull doesn’t have it. Be sure to have them checked at the vet. There, they can provide your dog with the right treatment. There are sprays, powders, and repellent available to relieve your dog’s problem.
Hormonal imbalance can also cause severe itching. This can happen if they don’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Or it can be from too much production of cortisol.
Your dog will keep on licking, biting, and scratching itself when this happens. Besides that, your dog may also have bald spots.
The best remedy for this is to bring them to a vet. They can check their hormone levels with a few examinations. Based on the result, the vet will provide them with the right medications.
How to Help Your Dog
To know how to help your dog, it’s always important to identify the root of the problem. Observe them and their surroundings.
Ensure your surroundings are clean. Frequently vacuum your home to avoid any parasitic infestation. Do this especially when your dog has been out somewhere bushy or grassy.
Additionally, provide your dog with a healthy meal always. If your pit bull will not stop itching, consult the vet as soon as possible.