Dogs Have Itchy Skin in Summer

I have 2 dogs, an 8 year old Shepherd mix and a 5 year old Beagle. Every summer they both start scratching and chewing. They don't have fleas or ticks. In the winter they don't have any problems, no scratching or chewing. They have access to the yard any time they want to go out (dog door). The itching is driving them nuts and me too. My Shepherd mix will chew her butt so badly that she has scabs. My Beagle chews and pulls out some of her hair on her sides, she also licks her feet a lot. It is not their food, they eat the same thing year round. What can I do to help them?


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

Especially in the sumner, your dogs are suffering from hotspots, most likely. German Shepherds are among the breeds susceptible to these things, which are caused by heat and sebaceous glands and the long hair. When moist, dead air is trapped by the long hair, the infection occurs.

"Hot spots are basically angry looking sores. They are characterized as being red, hairless, inflamed areas of skin that are warm to the touch and very painful and itchy for your dog. They're fairly easy to spot as most often the area exudes pus and can be foul smelling. You'll probably notice your dog obsessively itching, licking and biting at the area. "

one cure is to bathe your dogs more frequently, especially in the summer. Use an antibacterial shampoo.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Dogs have summer allergies, just like people. Your dog may be allergic to pollen, grass or both. See the vet for oral or topical meds.

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