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12/07/2011 17:59:42 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  5140  views, category: Pet care, safety and insurance, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs

    

Itch, itch, itch! Is that all your dog seems to do these days? You are not alone. There are some dogs that itch and scratch so bad, it keeps their owners up all night.

There are many reasons why your dog may be itching and scratching. Too many for one article, in fact. One possible cause in particular seems to be getting more and more common. The simple fact is that the rain can make your pet itchy for days or even longer.

How it Happens - The Process
Here is what typically happens to your pet after he or she has been out in the rain. First, the rain water gets on the pet’s skin. Once inside, the rain water dries and leaves behind everything except the H2O (water). Many chemicals and allergens may be contained in the rain water and can get left behind on the pet’s skin. Your pet may be allergic to the micro organisms and other allergens in the water or they might get under the pet’s skin through a cut. Once there, a reaction occurs and makes your pet start to itch. Once the itching begins, it may be very difficult to stop.

Bumps and lessons may form, making the pet itch even more. The more the dog itches, the more it spreads. In bad cases, serious harm can be done to the dog’s skin from all of the itching and scratching. Hair loss may occur from all of the itching as well.

The Science Behind the Rain Itch
What really causes itching after a walk in the rain is a little more scientific. Rain water may sit on your dog’s skin for a prolonged period of time. This allows bacteria to form and grow. The bacteria can then get under your dog’s skin through minute scratches. Then the itching begins. Since it is under the skin, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the dog’s body and cause bumps and lessons to form on top of the skin as the dog’s body tries to fight it out.

What to Do
So what can be done to lesson the impact of all the itching or even make it stop altogether? The answer is not to avoid taking walks in the rain. It may rain for days at a time and dogs need constant walks and thrive when they are on a set schedule.

However, maintaining a good grooming schedule and drying off your dog after walks in the rain will definitely lesson the impact and prevent the itching in the first place.

If the itching continues for a prolonged period of time, consider scheduling a visit with your veterinarian. 

 

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for YeePet.com since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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