Top 3 Reasons Why Dog Scratches Chin Until It’s Raw and Bleeding
Constant scratching is not normal, especially if the dog is scratching his chin until it becomes raw and starts bleeding. This compulsive behavior is likely to be explained by the following health and mental issues.
1. Boredom, stress, and anxiety
A dog that suffers from chronic boredom and stress is likely to engage in compulsive behaviors such as excessive scratching. The high level of anxiety may cause them to constantly scratch their chin. The dog might not even realize how excessive it. The anxiety might mask the discomfort and pain felt from a bleeding and raw chin.
Dog owners need to take responsibility and make sure their dogs are getting plenty of exercise (both mental and physical). A tired dog won’t even bother scratching their chin if they have no excess energy to burn. Stressed dogs, on the other hand, need help. Dog owners may need to consult with a professional dog behaviorist if it isn’t a one-off.
2. Irritation of skin infections
Localized skin infections, such as yeast infections, are another common reason for dogs that scratch their chin until it bleeds. The skin infection could be isolated to the chin if it’s caused by factors such as the presence of bacteria and pests. For example, the neck and other parts in the vicinity of the dog’s chin is a popular place for fleas to hide because it’s warm and protected.
It’s important to take your dog to the vet especially if the chin area is starting to bleed. The open wound exposes your dog to more dangers.
3. Itchiness of skin allergies
Dogs can also suffer from allergies (also referred to as allergic dermatitis). The reaction could come from food, environmental, and acute allergies. One common symptom of allergic reactions is the appearance of red bumps. These bumps are really itchy and may have appeared around the chin and neck area. Your dog will continue to scratch to try and relieve the discomfort felt from the itchiness.