Itchy Pekingese – Itchy Scratching Series
The Pekingese quite often contracts an allergic skin disease from food allergies or canine atopic dermatitis. This can lead to itching, scratching, chewing, and licking, which in turn can lead to a secondary skin infection with bacteria or yeast. The common skin infection in dogs is caused by Staphylococcus intermedius. Common yeast infection in dogs is caused by Malassezia.
In a Pekingese dog less than six months old, there are three main considerations. Does your dog have fleas? This is the most common cause of itchy skin in dogs. Signs of fleas include flea dirt that looks like black specks through the fur when the hair and the fleas themselves are parted. If your dog is scratching his back and the base of his tail, it is probably a flea allergy. Mange can make your dog itch. This is more difficult to diagnose and your vet would have to scrape the skin to look for mites. Every itchy dog should undergo a food elimination test, but itchy rashes in dogs younger than six months should raise a suspicion of a food allergy.
In an itchy Pekingese with canine atopic dermatitis, expect the dog to constantly bite its paws. Dogs with canine atopic dermatitis also have itchy rashes on the abdomen, groin, armpit, and on the inner surface of the ears. Dogs have rashes on the hairless parts of the body. This is where allergens like pollen get through the skin. Pekingese dogs with canine atopic dermatitis have a defective skin barrier that is missing a protein called sphingosine.
There are some very good natural treatments that can help with the itchy and scratching dog.