Why is my dog itching and scratching this summer?
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.