Yorkshire Terriers are fun, smart and happy little dogs, but they can also be a high maintenance breed. Many factors can cause your Yorkshire Terrier to have dry, itchy, irritated skin. Abrupt changes in diet or environment can trigger allergic reactions or emotional responses in your Yorkie that will cause itching and scratching.
Yeast or bacterial infections can surface in the ears or anywhere on the body, causing your Yorkie to scratch at the site of the infection. If you notice your Yorkie scratching at her ears or rubbing her ears against the floor, wall or furniture, she could have an infection or mites. Most infections can be treated with sprays, drops or antibiotics.
Worms, fleas or other parasites can cause itching. Bites from parasites such as fleas and ticks can be irritating and cause inflammation. If your Yorkie scoots his bottom across the ground to relieve itching, that can be an indication of worms. Most parasites are easy to prevent with a monthly medication.
Yorkshire Terriers can be allergic to insect bites, grass, human dander, wheat, shampoo, laundry soap, cigarette smoke, and a number of other environmental or diet-related factors. One flea bite can trigger hot spots. Allergies to grass can cause your Yorkie's feet to itch. Introduce new foods to your Yorkshire Terrier slowly and watch for adverse reactions. If your Yorkie suddenly starts itching, try to figure out what has changed in her food or environment. You may need to take her to a veterinarian for allergy tests or medication.
Dry, irritated skin can be caused by cleaning products, shampoo or laundry soap. Always be sure to use shampoos and conditioners made specifically for dogs. Oatmeal shampoo is a moisturising shampoo and especially good for dry skin. Omega 3 fatty acids added to your Yorkie's diet can improve the condition of her skin. Use a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry detergent and non-toxic cleaning products.
Stress can cause your Yorkshire Terrier to scratch and develop hot spots, itchy, dry skin, or to pull out his hair. Changes in the family dynamic, her daily routine, moving to a new home, or bringing a new pet or baby into the family can stress your dog. Work with a dog behaviourist or your veterinarian to ease your Yorkie's anxieties.