Ask Dr. Stacey

"Itchy Scratchy, Itchy Scratchy! My dog can’t sleep at night - and neither can we - and my cat’s got scabs all over."


Dr. Stacey - While there are different stand-alone reasons for the itch like: fleas, infection with bacteria, yeast, ringworm, and mites to name a few, your dog or cat may have an allergy that continuously drives the whole thing. Infections can be quickly treated, however allergy is always about continuous management.
 
Signs of allergy may include one or more of: ongoing ear infections, fur loss around the eyes, chewing at the nails constantly, bronze discolouration of the paws from licking, swollen paws with red skin, red skin all over the whole body, scratching constantly, scooting on the bottom, colour change or rash on the belly, red skin on the temple area or small crusts all over your kitty, pulling fur out with bald patches and of course sudden red oozing ‘hot spots’ appearing with a vengeance. Wow, what a list!
 
Allergy is either present all year (food or dust mites) or seasonal (pollens). The most important thing is to get the diagnosis. Recurring skin or ear infection is often a response to allergy. The allergy shows first.
 
Understanding is key for you to help your pet. And they need help. Having a constant itch is NO fun.
 
May is “Ditch the Itch” month at Sunrise Vet. Get 20% off your pet's itchy scratchy exam!

Please call us.
 
All the best,
Dr. Stacey of Sunrise Vet Clinic in Comox

(250) 339-6555
www.sunrisevet.ca