If your dog has been around other canines more than usual lately and you've noticed that they are itching and scratching, they could be dealing with fleas or ticks. If you aren't sure what the problem is or how bad it is, take your pet to the veterinarian to confirm any suspicions that you have.
There are a lot of issues that could be causing the itching and scratching, but you want to make sure you don't have this problem in your home, and that your dog gets the treatment they needed. Do the following as quickly as you can.
Get a Vet Check
The vet will comb through the dogs hair and look at their skin to see if they find and flea or tick adults or eggs, and they will be able to see if the dog has been bitten. They will give you a prescription medication that the dog can take orally to treat the problem, or they may give you some topical creams, oils, shampoos and other treatments. You'll want to make sure you get something to treat the problem now, and to prevent it from reoccurring again.
Have the Dog Groomed
Have the dog groomed short to remove all of the dead adults or eggs that may remain on their skin, and to help get rid of dead skin and lose fur that makes them itch. The grooming is going to help them start with short hair that isn't infested, and it allows you to check for fleas and ticks more easily.
Get a Pest Treatment
If you are sure that the pests must be in your home because your dog goes inside, you may want to call a pest control company to see if they can come and do a treatment inside your home. You don't want to end up with a pest problem throughout the house, since fleas and ticks can be problematic for humans. Get the treatment as soon as you can.
Remember if you get an oil or a topical agent to treat your canine, that sometimes these can be harmful to humans, especially children, so read all of the safety precautions and instructions. There are a lot of dogs that deal with fleas or ticks when they are outside or around other dogs, but you can put a stop to your dog's scratching and stop them from getting fleas again. To learn more, contact a veterinary clinic like Kenmore Veterinary Hospital.