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Ear Mites in Cats
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Are you about to lose your mind if you have to listen to your puppy scratching his ears all night again? Have you about had it with the sound of constant licking, chewing, or gnawing?

If you have had just about enough, imagine how your pup feels!

Habitual scratching, licking, and biting is a common pooch problem and can be caused by a number of issues. They aren’t just annoying however, they can also be harmful. One of the first signs your dog has a problem might be the development of a “hot spot” – a red, wet, bothered area that emerges from persistent biting or licking.Although hot spots, or “acute moist dermatitis”, can happen anywhere on your pet’s body, they are most commonly found on the head, legs, or hips. Since dogs often incessantly scratch, lick, or nibble at a region once it becomes irritated, problem areas can become inflamed and painful rather quickly.

Reasons Why Dogs Compulsively Scratch, Lick, or Chew

Pooches scratch, lick, or bite for a wide assortment of reasons; from sensitivities, to boredom, to parasite infestation:

Hypersensitivities

We often don’t think of our pups as having sensitivities to chemicals or natural sources, however, our canine companions can have reactions quite similar to their human counterparts. Often times when a dog’s scratching gets out of hand it is due to natural irritants such as molds or pollen, while at other times the culprit could be a detergent that was used to clean their bedding or your upholstery.

Boredom or Anxiety

Just as some individuals with anxiety may nibble their nails or spin their hair, mutts can have physical reactions to stress and anxiety as well.In fact, some dogs develop a condition akin to human obsessive-compulsive disorder. It can manifest itself in scratching, licking, or chewing behaviors that can cause severe damage. A product like NaturPet’s Home Alone is a natural herbal medicine that calms and relaxes stressed and over-excited pets, and can help curb such behaviors.

Dry skin

An assortment of elements, including winter climate and unsaturated fat inadequacies, can cause dry skin in canines. Your pet may react to the distress by scratching or licking at her skin or hide. Using an omega 3 supplement like Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat can help maintain soft skin and prevent dryness, shedding, and hotspots.

Hormonal Imbalances

If your dog’s body is not producing enough thyroid hormone or putting out too much cortisol, superficial skin infections can occur. You may notice small, red spots and your dog may scratch or lick as if bothered by allergies.

Injuries

When trying to determine why your dog is licking or chewing excessively, be sure to consider the possibility that something is making him physically uncomfortable. For instance, if you notice your dog biting his paw repeatedly, he could have a thorn or sharp stone stuck in his foot pad. Compulsive chewing or licking can also be a response to orthopedic problems, including back pain and hip dysplasia.

Parasites

Among the most common causes for compulsive dog licking, chewing, or scratching behaviors are fleas, ticks, and mites. Although ticks are often visible to the naked eye, fleas often go unseen until there is a large infestation and mites are microscopic. So don’t assume that your dog isn’t suffering from parasites just because you can’t see them. Try to avoid harsh chemical deworming medications and stick with something natural like NaturPet D Wormer, which not only eradicates and prevents infestations, but also heals and soothes the digestive tract.

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