There are more than 500 different things that can cause your dog to be itchy. If your dog is scratching all the time it is important to find out what is causing the itch. This can be quite difficult. While there are many common causes of canine scratching, it can take quite a bit of detective work to figure out the culprit. Try not to scratch your dog’s itchy spot for him. Believe it or not, scratching the itch will only make the dog more itchy.
One cause of an itchy dog that people rarely think of is the carpets. Some carpets have paddings that contain fiberglass which can be an irritant for a dog who spends a lot of time laying down on the floor. It gathers and becomes part of the carpet.
Also the tiny microscopic bits of fiberglass that escape from behind the walls out of areas such as light sockets, electrical outlets, HVAC vents, attics, basements and even the gable venting from the attic to the outside yard. Talc powder, such as jock itch spray will often temporarily relieve the itch, blocking the tiny glass particles from entering the skin, but the only cure is to remove the dog from the contaminated environment.
There are several things you can do to ease your dog’s itch while you try to figure out, with the help of your vet, what is causing the irritating itch.
This is a rash on a dog that was caused by a rug with a padding that contained fiberglass. There were scabs all over her body from rolling around on the carpet.
A dog with a rash caused by fiberglass.