The itchy back dance, the face that simply must be rubbed on your pants or sofa.… Pet itching problems are particularly common this time of year, but identifying the cause can be more complicated than you suspect. Many pets suffer from more than one dermatological problem at a time, making it harder than ever for your vet’s ability to diagnose and treat the problem. In fact, veterinarians urge patience in identifying the cause of the problem.
According to PetMD, “there are six main categories of dermatitis…to consider whenever a cat or dog skin problem—or “skin case”—is presented. Most skin and coat abnormalities can be defined by or placed in one of these categories: environmental, nutritional, parasitic, allergic, neurogenic, or infectious.”
Many people assume that pet itching is a sign of fleas, but it could be a fungus, a skin infection, an allergic reaction to something other than fleas, or mites. Don’t treat your pet with flea shampoos or other treatments until you’re sure it is fleas. Those treatments can aggravate your pet’s already irritated skin.
As frustrating as it can be for you and your vet to figure out how to help your pet, imagine what it’s like for your pet. The constant itching, scratching, biting, and licking can make your pet downright miserable.
The good news is that most skin problems respond well to treatment. See your veterinarian if your dog is scratching, chewing, or licking excessively, or if you notice any changes in your pet’s coat or skin, including scaling, redness, discoloration, or bald patches.
As you and your vet work to identify the cause of your pet’s itching, remember, we’re here to help any way we can. Give us a call or stop by the store.
Barbara, Stacey, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy