All causes of itching and scratching can be dangerous to your pet's health. A diagnosis of the problem by Dr. Carver is the safest way to help your pet with this annoying and frustrating problem.
The most common cause of itching in puppies is fleas. See our secition on fleas to determine if this is the issue.
A second possible cause is mange. If your puppy is a shelter animal, or you got them anywhere else other than a reputable breeder, mange is possible. Mange is caused by one or more of three different types of parasites, and is not contagious to humans, but can spread to other animals. It is characterized by chronic itching, and possibly also hair loss on the face, ears, or rest of the body, as well as doggy dandruff.
Visit Dr. Carver as soon as you get your puppy to keep puppy problems in hand, and to avoid infesting your home with parasites.
Scratching Around Rear
If your pet scratches themselves mostly around their rear, the cause is most likely fleas. See our section on fleas for more information about how to combat this problem.
Other possible causes: impacted anal glands, allergies (which establish themselves when your pet is 1-2 yrs. old), or other esternal parasites. Because the causes vary greatly, consult us before you treat the problem.
Itchy Ears, Face, Stomach, Paws
If your animal itches in their ears, on their face, stomach, and/or paws without any visible ear mites or other infestations, your pet may suffer from allergies. There are treatments available for pets with allergies, and Dr. Carver would be happy to discuss options with you if allergies are diagnosed.
Itching With Patchy Hair Loss / Pink Ring-Shaped Sores
If your pet's hair falls out in patches, or if there is an itchy patch of skin in a pink ring shape, these are common signs of ringworm or some other infestation of your animal's skin. The skin of the animal may instead be patchy and scaly. A ring shape might not form on your pet, but the infection will surely spread from one part of your pet to other parts of their body.
Ringworm is very contagious, and to keep from getting it yourself, your pet should be handled very carefully. Call us for tips on how to transport your pet to our facility for diagnosis.