While there are different reasons for an itchy pet, like fleas, infection with bacteria, yeast, ringworm, mites to name a few, your dog or cat may have an allergy that continuously drives the whole thing.
Whereas infections can be quickly treated, 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 discoloration 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
- small crusts all over your kitty
- pulling fur out with bald patches
- sudden red oozing ‘hot spots’
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. Skin infection is often a response to underlying allergy.
Understanding is key for you to help your pet - and they need help. Constant itch is no fun.
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Together, let's get to the bottom of it!
All the best,
Dr. Stacey of Sunrise Vet Clinic in Comox