“Itchy Scratchy, Itchy Scratchy… my dog can’t sleep at night (and neither can we) and my cats got scabs all over!”
While there are different stand alone reasons for the itch 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. Infections can be quickly treated, allergy is always about continuous management.
Do you notice any of these signs in your itchy pet?
-Redness of the skin
-Wounds associated with scratching (“hot spots”)
-Gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and diarrhea (associated with adverse food reactions)
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 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. 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.
Give us a call today, and receive 20% off your Itchy Scratchy Exam for the month of May.
All the best,
Dr. Stacey of Sunrise Vet Clinic in Comox