One of the most common signs that your dog has eczema is his
sudden need to scratch almost constantly. You may also see patchy areas on Jack's
skin that look very similar to eczema on humans. The skin becomes dry, cracked,
and irritated, causing itchiness that could drive even the sanest person to go
nuts. There are several treatment options available, including medication. Depending
on the severity of the problem, regular bathing may help, but if the eczema has
become severe, you should take Jack to see his veterinarian.
Eczema can also be treated by specific shampoos that are meant for dogs with sensitive skin. This includes shampoos that have oatmeal as an ingredient. However, you may need to consult your veterinarian to determine which types of shampoo will work best for your pup's condition.
The last thing Jack wants is to lay around itching like crazy. All it does is make him want to scratch himself raw. This sadly only complicates the problem as his claws dig into his flesh. This can lead to open wounds and infection that require medical treatment. Eczema in dogs can be just as irritating as it is in humans, so it's important to treat this condition as quickly as possible.
The next time you see Jack start to scratch the same spot frequently, this might be a sign he has eczema. By giving him regular baths and keeping his coat brushed on a regular basis, you can help to keep Jack from coming down with eczema or you may be able to get rid of it, if he already has it. Be gentle and consistent and Jack will most certainly enjoy being itch-free.