Does your dog itch? It could be allergies

The Advocate editors are working on our September pets issue, which will feature neighbors’ adorable animal companions. But I have a pet issue to address here.

My dog, Mama, has been scratching and biting herself, and whining for me to scratch her, for months now. A neighbor at whom she used to bark viciously is now her best friend since she discovered said neighbor can scratch her too. She was biting at a place on her rump so much that she made a raw, scabby patch. And her new favorite activity is rolling in the grass and dirt.

Finally, finally, we went to the vet. Seventy two dollars later and we discovered she has allergies. Evidently, most dogs have allergies right now because of the heat and dryness.

So if your dog is biting and scratching, it could be allergies. And it could be fleas.

This story from the Fort Worth Star Telegram says many dogs have “the summer crud”: allergies and/or fleas.

What to do when your pet has the summer crud?

Be sure to treat your pet for fleas, and wipe of its fur with a clean damp towel or unscented baby wipes when they come inside to keep the pollen at bay. Give your dog regular baths, and feed it high-quality dog food. The cheap stuff lacks fatty nutrients required to keep a dog’s coat and skin healthy.


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  • Lauren Dohrer

    After several years and many painful staph infection treatments for dog#1 in our house, we wound up at a specialist who treats animal allergies….I’m glad my sarcasm of ‘if only there were a dog dermatologist’ to my vet paid off.

    The specialist saved our pup’s life! The cost is worth it, and she gets a weekly allergy shot which began working almost immediately. No more emergency vet visits and we have a pink-bellied, super joyful dog again. I highly recommend seeking treatment from a specialist if you get to that point. Your dog’s quality of life will change more than you can imagine. The kicker? my dog, my dad (who does not live with us) and I all have the same two allergens. I always knew I shared genetic makeup with my first-born (dog)!!!

  • Neigobor

    Try 1 part Avon’s skin so soft and 8 parts water. My dog gets bathed every 10-14 days and gets sprayed with the skin so soft solution. also, another good idea is to wipe out your dog’s ears with equal parts white vinegar and alcohol to keep their ears clean and free of bacteria.