Itchy Chihuahua

The chihuahua does get a lot of canine skin problems.

The  chihuahua does get atopic dermatitis commonly. This manifests as an itchy red rash on the abdomen (tummy) the groin, the axilla (arm pit) and the feet. The inside of the pinna (pointy part of the ear) is also commonly affected causing ear problems in the chihuahua.

Atopy in this breed often starts between one and two years of age and typically the problem starts to get severe at around two to three years of age. The dogs typically chew their feet constantly, lick and scratch the abdomen and groin and scratch at the ears if they are affected.

Typically the skin rash is on the hairless parts of the body. You can find out why here

Food allergy in the chihuahua can be recognised as constant scooting due to an itchy bottom and blocked anal glands and typically chronic ear infections which started in the first year of life. Find out what to do about food allergies here

Demodex mange is common in the breed between 4 and 9 months of age. This will initially present as bald patches (alopecia) which are usually not itchy. See our blog post about Demodex mange for a more detailed analysis.

Flea allergy in dogs will be seen as an itchy rash on the lower back and the base of the tail.

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We see itchy, scratching and miserable patients day in, day out at our veterinary clinic. We live in an area which has one of the highest year-round pollen counts in the world. As a result, there is plenty of hayfever for people, and plenty of itchy dogs! There is a lot of pressure on us to fix the dog from a single consult, so we do serious ongoing study into worlds-best-practice university research. If you don't like using drugs, or are unable to visit your veterinarian, we feel we have your perfect solution. Using the power of the internet, we can give you detailed information on treating your itchy scratching dogs at home! The cost of our 'consult' is much less than a veterinary consultation. What's more, you are able to refer back to our reliable information again and again. Why stress?
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