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My Dog Is On a Scratching Binge

Your Labrador retriever Cooper has recently begun a quest for the Canine Book of World Records. For some time, Cooper has been practicing his scratching skills, working for hours at a time and sometimes even waking up with a furious scratching episode. Cooper’s been practicing hard, and he seems ready to take on the best scratchers in dogdom. Cooper’s scratching binges might stem from a yeast or bacterial infection, or he could be the victim of an opportunistic skin parasite. Cooper could have even developed a food or inhalant allergy. If Cooper’s condition is left untreated, he could develop a secondary infection that compounds his problems. You’ve asked your Hamilton County veterinarian to diagnose Cooper’s problem and get him some relief.

Foul-Smelling Yeast Infection

If Cooper’s coat smells like your grandmother’s musty attic, and his skin looks noticeably thicker, he might have developed a skin yeast infection. This nasty infection can result from allergic dermatitis or a hormone imbalance. Cooper might receive powerful anti-fungal medications and medicated shampoos to defeat this persistent condition.

Persistent Ringworm Fungus

This maddening skin fungal infection can afflict even rugged dogs like Cooper. If ringworm attacks Cooper’s body, you’ll see scaly, reddish, and frequently itchy skin patches. If Cooper gets away with a mild case, he’ll only need a topical anti-fungal medication. If he develops an out-of-control ringworm infection, your vet will likely prescribe oral medications along with a medicated dip or shampoo.

Flea Bite Allergies

Fleas are pros at making dogs’ lives miserable. Here, the nasty little bloodsuckers can give Cooper a fierce case of canine dermatitis. When a flea bites Cooper, it deposits a saliva that’s brimming with allergens, making Cooper scratch like crazy. Over time, he’ll develop a sensitive raw spot and lose his hair. Even worse, the flea can give Cooper a bad case of tapeworms. Fortunately, your vet has a topical product that kills fleas during all their life cycle stages. By applying the treatment monthly per your vet’s instructions, Cooper’s flea bite allergies should be history.

Elusive Airborne Allergens

Every time Cooper breathes, he can take in a lungful of airborne allergens. These allergens can also make his other skin problems harder to treat. After Cooper’s vet tests him for a variety of allergens, your dog will receive a tailored treatment that should provide some relief.

While Cooper’s scratching problems have almost driven you over the edge, your Hamilton County vet can diagnose your pooch’s problem and deliver some welcome relief to you both. You’d be perfectly happy if Cooper dropped the World Records quest tomorrow.

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