The sound of a dog constantly scratching, or licking can be as irritating as nails on a chalkboard. But don’t blame your pooch for these bad habits, a skin condition is probably the culprit. Possible causes range from parasites to allergies to underlying illness.
Dogs can have allergic reactions to grooming products, food, and environmental irritants, such as pollen or insect bites. A dog with allergies may scratch relentlessly, and a peek at the skin often reveals an ugly rash. The most effective treatment is to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens.
Cats can have allergic reactions to grooming products, food, and environmental irritants, such as pollen or flea bites. Scratching the head or neck is a common sign of food allergies. Symptoms of other allergies include chewing on the paws or base of the tail or scratching the ears. Allergies can also cause hair loss or skin lesions anywhere on the body, including the belly.