Spring is in the air, but with the warmer weather comes the inconvenient things that cause itchy skin!
Fleas commonly set off an attack of the itches, but pets can also be allergic to grasses, trees, plant pollen, dust mites and moulds, as well as certain foods.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
Itchy dogs will bite, lick or scratch with their legs. Common itchy spots include the ears (recurrent ear infections are common), base of the tail, flanks, the feet, in between the toes, the armpits, the groin and the anal glands.
Cats are more likely to over-groom (constantly lick) certain areas, causing hair loss.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF ITCHING
Itching quickly leads to self-inflicted trauma of the skin and this causes secondary infections. The result is an unhappy, uncomfortable and miserable pet. Over-bothering themselves means "hot spots", which are usually red, weeping sores that your pet will constantly fuss over and can lead to a vet visit and medication to deal with the problem.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Fleas are THE major cause of itchy skin and using regular flea treatment is easier than treating an itchy pet. Flea and tick prevention should be used year round, but now is the time to make sure your pet is definitely up to date with flea prevention.
The good news is, there are some excellent drugs available to help with allergic skin disease. These drugs have minimal side effects and can really help break the itch, lick and scratch cycle so don’t sit back allow your pet to suffer. See your local Vet and they will determine if your pet needs a prescription medication.
You can find more information about ordering our affordable prescription medication on our FAQ page.
If you notice your pet is itching, licking, biting, or rubbing, you should arrange a check-up with your Vet as soon as possible. The sooner the itch is settled, the less likely your pet is to cause self-trauma and secondary skin infections.