Is your dog constantly scratching and biting himself, and you aren’t sure what to do? Does it seem like the dog is chewing himself raw? You’re not alone. A dog biting its legs or scratching at himself is actually a fairly common reaction to several things.
We’ll break down the top reasons why your dog is scratching and biting himself and well as some possible ways to help your dog stop.
Most Common Reasons Why My Dog Bites Himself
If your dog is biting his leg, there is usually something irritating his skin. Here are the most common reasons why your dog bites his leg:
Fleas and Parasites
Fleas, mites, and ticks will bite and irritate your dog’s skin and carry diseases. They are generally the leading cause behind chewing and biting. And depending on where you live, fleas and other parasites can be a huge problem. To identify fleas, ticks, or mites, you’ll want to comb through their fur where your dog is biting.
How to Get Rid of Fleas and Other Parasites
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends calling your veterinarian to determine the infestation and prescribe a flea or parasite treatment plan. This may include cleaning any areas of your house where your dog comes into frequent contact.
Dry skin is a small sign of a more significant issue for your dog. Dogs can suffer from dry skin from several factors:
- Dry, cold weather
- Lack of fatty acids
- Cushing’s disease
- Parasites, lice, or canine scabies
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Excessive bathing
Dogs with dry skin often have dandruff flakes, or its skin will be cracked and tough.
How to Relieve Dry Skin for Dogs
Because it can indicate a more severe problem, you will want to visit or call your veterinarian to ensure proper treatment. The vet may recommend a humidifier or a veterinarian-approved shampoo. Also, feeding your dog high-quality dog food and supplements can improve your dog’s coat.