Spring is in the air, but with the warmer weather comes the inconvenient things that cause itchy skin! Fleas commonly set off an attack of the itches, but pets can also be allergic to grasses, trees, plant pollen, dust mites and moulds, as well as certain foods.
What to watch out for
Itchy dogs will bite, lick or scratch with their legs. Common itchy spots include the ears (recurrent ear infections are common), base of the tail, flanks, the feet, in between the toes, the armpits, the groin and the anal glands.
Cats are more likely to over-groom (constantly lick) certain areas, causing hair loss.
The consequences of itching
Itching quickly leads to self-inflicted trauma of the skin and this causes secondary infections. The result is an unhappy, uncomfortable and miserable pet.
What you need to know
Fleas are THE major cause of itchy skin and using regular flea treatment is easier than treating an itchy pet. NOW is the time to make sure your pet is up to date with flea prevention. We will be able to recommend the best product for your pet so ask us for more information.
The good news is, we also have some excellent drugs available to help with allergic skin disease. These drugs have minimal side effects and can really help break the itch, lick and scratch cycle so don’t sit back allow your pet to suffer, call us for advice today.
If you notice your pet is itching, licking, biting, or rubbing, you should arrange a check-up with us as soon as possible. The sooner we settle the itch, the less likely your pet is to cause self-trauma and secondary skin infections. Call us if you are worried about your pet.