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Why is my dog itching and scratching this summer?

Published: Jul 24, 2012

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Your dog probably scratches all year round to rid himself of the occasional itch, but if you have noticed him scratching more than usual this summer, fleas may be to blame. You're not the only one with this jumping, biting issue.

According to the Jacksonville Daily News, groomers in the Jacksonville, Florida, area say they have been fielding more questions about fleas this summer, and have put together a handout of flea control tips for local residents.

Groomers have learned to expect a heavy flea season in the spring and summer after a warm winter, the news outlet reports. Still, there are ways owners can implement effective flea control for dogs to keep itching and other flea-related issues at bay.

The best way to get rid of fleas once and for all is to treat the animal with flea shampoos and other products, but then also treat your home, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. It is also important to treat all pets in the household to ensure the fleas do not have any hosts.

Itching in dogs can continue long after the fleas have been removed if the canine is allergic to flea saliva. This condition is called flea allergy dermatitis in dogs (FAD) and is the leading cause of itchiness in canines. Consult your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis of FAD and treatment to stop the itch.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.