Do you notice your dog scratching, licking, rubbing or gnawing?
With allergic skin diseases, your dog will experience a vicious cycle of itching and scratching. It is very important to take the scratching seriously and stop your dog’s itch sensation rapidly because:
Itching is very irritating for your dog.
- The longer they itch, the worse the skin condition becomes and the harder it is to control.
- It may result in secondary bacterial infections.
To solve the mystery, your veterinarian may need to perform some tests to rule out possible diagnoses and identify the underlying cause: these tests may include blood tests, skin scrapings, fungal tests, bacterial cultures, allergy testing and skin biopsies.
What to look for?
When your dog has a skin problem there will be signs; often times, more than one. Some important clues to look for if you suspect your dog is abnormally itchy:
Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching
Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
Recurrent ear problems
If your dog is displaying any of these signs, talk to your veterinarian today. Apoquel may be a suitable treatment option for your dog.