A veterinarian addresses various causes (including serious) of why your dog keeps scratching;don’t ignore this problem.

Your dog has no fleas but he keeps scratching.

What could be going on?

Where is your dog scratching?

“The first question to ask when your dog develops the itchies is, what part of his body is he scratching?” begins Dr. Jules Benson, BVSc, chief veterinary officer with NationwideDVM, a pet insurer company.

“If he’s paying particular attention to his ears, he could have an ear infection,” and this may run about $175 to treat.

“If he’s incessantly licking and chewing on his paws, legs or belly, it’s possible you’re dealing with either seasonal or food-related allergies, which are very common,” and may cost more than $400 to treat.

More Serious Causes of a Dog Continuously Scratching but no Fleas

“If it’s his whole body, it could be something simple, like dry skin, or something more serious, like sarcoptic or demodectic mange, which could range from $120 to more than $1,700 to treat,” explains Dr. Benson.

“Your veterinarian will be able to help you determine the exact cause of the itch, so bring itchy pets in for a check-up as soon as possible.”

Another possible explanation for frequent scratching in a dog that has no fleas is an allergic reaction to whatever cleaner you use on his pillow.

Dr. Benson is regularly consulted by many media outlets including ABC, NBC, FOX, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to provide pet health advice to pet parents nationwide. pupp
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  


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