Why Is My Dog Constantly Scratching and Biting Himself?July 05, 2022
Have you noticed your doggo biting and scratching itself more than usual? There are a number of possible reasons why your dog may be constantly scratching and biting itself. It could be that it is suffering from an allergic reaction, or it could be that it has a skin condition such as mange. Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs are particularly prone to skin problems due to their short coats and wrinkly skin. If your dog is continually scratching and biting itself, it is important to take it to the Vet so that the cause can be diagnosed and treated accordingly. However, below we offer a few possible causes:
Here Are a Few Possible Causes of That Constant Itch
- Allergic Reactions
One of the most common reasons for a dog to scratch and bite itself is an allergic reaction. Allergens can include anything from pollen and dust mites to certain foods and chemicals. If your pup is allergic to something, its immune system will overreact to the allergen and this can cause a number of symptoms, including itching, redness and swelling. If your dog is scratching and biting itself excessively, our recommendation is to always take your pup to the Vet so that it can be tested for allergies.
- Skin Conditions
Another possible reason for your dog's scratching and biting is a skin condition such as mange. Mange is caused by a mite that burrows into the skin, causing intense irritation. Other skin conditions that can cause itching include eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. If your dog has any of these conditions, it will need treatment from a Vet in order to relieve the symptoms.
- Wrinkly Skin
Another reason that wrinkly dogs such as Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs may scratch and bite themselves is due to their wrinkly skin. Their natural folds of skin can trap dirt, moisture and bacteria, which can lead to irritation and itching. It is important to clean your dog's wrinkles regularly with a mild cleanser in order to prevent any skin problems from developing.
Treating Wrinkly Dogs That Bite and Scratch Themselves
So, how do I relieve my wrinkly dog's itch? It is important to clean its wrinkles regularly in order to prevent any skin problems from further developing. Squishface Wrinkle Wipes have phytosphingosine in them and no other dog wrinkle wipes have that. Phytosphingosine is a skin lipid with anti-inflammatory and microbe repelling properties. It helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in the skin barrier that are critical in helping keep the skin healthy. So not only do our wipes clean the skin of the bad stuff but also actively help to rebuild the skin.
Combine it with Squishface Wrinkle Paste for around the clock protection. Use Wrinkle Paste as a protective barrier on your dog’s nose rope, wrinkles and skin folds, toes or tail pockets, and to remove stubborn tear stains in bulldogs. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus and other bacteria at bay resulting in happy, protected and fresh smelling bulldog wrinkles.
The Bottom Line
If your dog is constantly scratching and biting itself, a trip to the Vet will provide answers to that constant itch, as skin conditions can be easily diagnosed and treated accordingly. Allergies and wrinkly skin are also possible causes of excessive scratching and biting, so it is important to rule these out before considering other potential causes.
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