A very common issue that’s easy to notice is when our furry friends start to compulsively itch, scratch, lick or even chew themselves. This may seem normal at first considering dogs clean themselves often, but if you are beginning to notice them doing it excessively - chances are there’s some underlying issue causing them discomfort.
Nobody likes to see their dogs in discomfort so today let's dive into what causes this behavior and what can be done to help.
Fleas and Ticks
The first potential issue to consider is fleas and ticks. One way to recognize if this is the case is by brushing your dog’s coat with a clean flea comb to see if the issue is a flea occupation. Another quick way is to scan their crate, bed or any other resting areas for flea dirt.
Remedies for Fleas & Ticks
- Search for Flea & Tick creams/ointments, shampoos and conditioner (should we link a brand here? s/o for s/o?)
- Wash your dog’s bed and vacuum any carpets/rugs and furniture daily
- Pay a visit to your vet!
The most common reason our dogs itch/scratch/lick/chew themselves is quite simply due to dry, irritated skin. Now this may be because of a variety of reasons, with the most common being seasonal changes or a deficiency in fatty acids.
Remedy for Dry Skin
- The absolute best, proven remedy we could recommend would be to start introducing TRATEZ Skin & Coat Soft Chew Supplements into their diet. Not only are they naturally sourced and veterinarian formulated, but they pack a punch with all the Essential Fatty Acids & Vitamin E.
- Using this delicious soft chew supplement lets you rest easy knowing you’re doing all you can to stop the irritation your furry friend is feeling.
Our dogs are a lot smarter than we think! They may be excessively licking or chewing to try and signal to us that something is making them very uncomfortable. For example, if your dog has a thorn stuck in their paw, this may be their way to let you know. Alternatively, this licking and chewing may be a response to common problems like arthritis or hip dysplasia.
Remedy for Pain
Start by performing a quick physical examination to check for a thorn or anything of that sort in the area they seem to be focusing on. If you do notice something don’t try to take it out yourself - visit the vet immediately. On the other hand, the problem seems to be a common growing pain from arthritis or hip dysplasia, then you’ve come to the right place for a solution.
TRATEZ Hip & Joint Soft Chew Supplements are veterinarian formulated and made from naturally sourced ingredients, with one mission at hand - to bring comfort back to your dog! With the highest quality Glucosamine HCL, Chondroitin, MSM and Green Lipped Mussel, you can be sure you’ve made the right choice in treating any hip & joint issues your dog is faced with. This is a must have for your dog’s diet to prevent any further pain or suffering.
One Last Thought!
Another thing we want you to consider is the possibility that your dog is simply anxious or bored. To combat this, gift your dog some new chew toys or bones to shift their focus away from picking at themselves to the toys. Also – don’t forget the daily exercise, love and attention!