Springtime itchy skin
As the warmth of spring arrives, our pets can become itchy due to skin allergies caused by grasses, pollens and other allergens, such as dust mites, mould, certain types of food, and some insects. Some pets can also have irritated skin as a result of flea infestations.
Signs of allergies
Both dogs and cats can suffer from skin allergies. Dogs may itch, scratch or lick certain areas such as their paws, ears or belly. Cats often over-groom certain areas of their coat causing hair loss.
When the pet itches, scratches or over-grooms, the skin can become traumatised and inflamed, which can then result in secondary skin infections – or dermatitis. Areas of allergic inflammation and dermatitis are not only irritating to the pet, but are painful too – leading to an uncomfortable and unhappy pet.
What to do if you have an itchy pet
If you notice your pet is itching, scratching or has areas of hair-loss, inflammation or irritated skin, it’s important to book them in for a veterinary health check. We’ll examine your pet and discuss what treatment and management options are available to help relieve their itchiness and manage any underlying allergies or skin infection. The sooner we can examine and treat your pet, the sooner their itchiness will be relieved!
It’s also important to ensure your pet is up to date with flea prevention treatment. Speak to one of our friendly team for further advice on which flea product may be best for your pet. We can also provide advice on pet shampoos, low allergy diets and other products which may be of benefit to your pet.
Treating and managing skin allergies early will ensure your pet stays comfortable and happy.