Please, please - it CAN'T be fleas!

If your pet is doing a lot of THIS....

Chances are, they're not feeling too hot!

Skin problems are one of the MOST common reasons why people bring in their cats and dogs to see us. Often people notice it more at night time, when the house is quiet (and they're trying to get some sleep).

We can only imagine that our itchy cats and dogs have a decreased quality of life and can even feel quite miserable due to their discomfort, so we aim to diagnose and establish a treatment plan as quickly (and cost-effectively) as possible. The underlying causes of your pet's itchiness can vary widely, and should be properly diagnosed by a veterinarian.

Apollo,  9 week old Shepherd cross, was in for his Advantage®  application today!

Apollo,  9 week old Shepherd cross, was in for his Advantage®  application today!

Some signs you might notice in your itchy pet include: 

  • Ear infections
  • Redness of the skin
  • Wounds associated with scratching (“hot spots”)
  • Secondary infections
  • Hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and diarrhea (associated with adverse food reactions)

and of course... excessive itchiness!


What are the most common causes of skin problems?

Flea allergies, atopic (environmental allergies), adverse food reactions, and skin infections are common culprits.

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.

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