Stopping Chihuahua Itching
Chihuahuas can suffer from many health problems due to their size and breeding but chihuahua itching is among the most distressing, both to the dog and the owner.
Itching can have many causes. It is important to identify the root cause before the dog causes more damage by trying to relieve the itch through biting and scratching. This can lead to infection and further health problems.
Causes of Chihuahua Itching
If your chihuahua constantly scratches, bites, licks and chews, you know how frustrating it can be.
- Food allergy. There are many allergens in the food supply nowadays, especially in pet food. Artificial ingredients, preservatives and fillers are endemic and these may be causing an allergic reaction in your pint-sized pooch.
- Flea allergy. Many dogs have adverse reactions to flea saliva. All it takes is one flea to set off a chain reaction of itching and discomfort.
- Other parasites. Fungal infections and mites could cause an all-over body itch.
- Chemical sensitivities. As with humans, dogs can react to chemicals in shampoo and in other items like fabric, carpets and household cleaners.
- Environmental allergies. Dogs can be allergic to grass, pollen and other irritants. If the feet are itchy then this is most likely the cause.
- Multiple allergies. As if one allergy is not bad enough, sometimes a dog can be allergic to more than one thing at the same time.
Solutions to Chihuahua Itching
- Change of diet. If you suspect your Chihuahua is itching because of ingredients in its food try switching brands or making your own dog food. When you use homemade food at least you know exactly what is in it and can increase or decrease certain nutrients. The food will be fresher and devoid of preservatives and other harmful ingredients too. Good quality omega fatty acids are an important part of skin health and can be added in the form of fish oil.
- Limit treats. Limit doggie treats to high quality food that is suitable for dogs. Avoid things like chocolate, biscuits and other baked goods, no matter how tempting these might be.
- Treating fleas and other parasites. Visit your vet to find out if a parasitic infestation is the cause of the itching. He might prescribe medication or a topical cream. If fleas are the problem you will need to eradicate them from the entire house by vacuuming thoroughly and washing all bedding. Only use a gentle, non-toxic shampoo for a Chihuahua. They have delicate constitutions which require careful handling. Products containing oatmeal are very soothing and effective.
Overall Chihuahua Health
Parasites, general allergies and other immune system reactions are more likely to affect a dog in poor health.
- High nutrient diet. Whatever problems your dog has will be made worse by an incorrect or insufficient diet. This is the first place to start, even if you don’t suspect a food allergy.
- Exercise. Make sure your little dog gets some exercise every day to maintain a healthy body.
- Stimulation. Chihuahua itching may also be a sign of boredom or frustration.
Getting to the bottom of chihuahua itching is no easy task sometimes, but a holistic approach is often the best one.