By Guest Author Valerie Banks
The nonstop scratching, biting and licking of your pet dog can drive you insane. If it is making you uncomfortable, your pet is experiencing discomfort more than you. The constant scratching, biting and licking are a common behavior in dogs and there are various contributing factors to it. When this behavior persists your pet can develop hot spots that are red, damp and irritated. These hot spots can be found on the chest, hips and even on the head. The more scratching, biting and licking your pet does the more irritated these hot spots can become. As such, determining the cause of your pet’s behavior is necessary to prevent your dog from constantly scratching, biting and licking.
Why Does Your Pet Dog Scratch, Bite And Lick Excessively?
There is a variety of reasons for your pet dog to scratch, bite and lick. They might be bored, but the common causes are allergies and pest infestations. Once you determine the cause of your pet’s behavior, do not hesitate to have your dog treated and take steps to prevent it from occurring again.
Just like humans, dogs can also experience anxiety and they express this through chewing, scratching and licking. These physical responses in your dog can lead to a disorder condition that can result in severe hot spots on their body.
Fatty acid deficiencies and changing weather can cause dry skin on dogs. Dry skin is itchy and your pet will not be able to resist scratching and licking.
Dogs can also incur allergies and these are often due to food, pollen, mold and insect allergens. Other causes of their allergies are harsh soaps and over the counter pest sprays.
Fleas, ticks, bed bugs and mites can drive your dog crazy and make it scratch, bite and lick all over. Sadly, it is quite difficult to determine if pests are the reason for your pet’s behavior because they are so tiny and go unseen to the naked eye. Nevertheless, these pests and bites from other insects are usually the cause of excessive scratching, biting and licking on dogs.
The Symptoms of Insect Bites on Dogs
More often, pests are the cause of your dog’s erratic behavior. If you are uncertain, you can always look out for these symptoms:
- Allergic reactions
- Large swollen bumps
- Skin irritation
- Swelling on ears and eyelids
- Swelling of lips or the entire face
- Difficulty breathing when the nose or mouth has been bitten
- Weak pulse
- Increased heart rate
- Cold extremities
Treating Insect Bites on Your Pet
Insect bites are very uncomfortable to dogs and dangerous too. This is why treating them immediately at home is essential then brought to a vet for medical assistance. Here are a few home remedies -
Aloe Vera - Soothes the pain and burning sensation of the bites
Cold Compress - Reduces swelling and pain
Calamine Lotion, Oatmeal or Hydrocortisone Cream - Eases the irritation on the skin
Baking Soda and Water Paste - Helps heal bumps caused by the bite
Baking Soda and Water solution - Reduces swelling and pain
Epsom Salt and Warm Water Mixture - Treats irritated and itchy skin and paws
Witch Hazel – Treats hot spots
After your pet has been treated, you must have your home cleaned properly to remove dust, mites and pests. Have professional pest control treatments applied in your home to prevent pest infestations as well. Ensure that your home maintains a cool temperature and that your pet is bathed and groomed regularly.
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This information is provided by Valerie Banks, who is a freelance writer specializing in pet care and natural pest control methods. She also writes about skin allergies on pets and different home remedies for pets, including pest prevention.