As the warmth of spring arrives, our furry friends can become itchy due to skin allergies caused by grasses, pollens and other allergens.
These allergens can be dust mites, mould, certain types of food, and some insects. Some pets can also have irritated skin as a result of flea infestations.
SIGNS OF ALLERGIES
Both dogs and cats can suffer from skin allergies. Dogs may itch, scratch or lick certain areas such as their paws, ears or belly. Cats often over-groom certain areas of their coat causing hair loss.
When your pet itches, scratches or over-grooms, the skin can become traumatised and inflamed, which can then result in secondary skin infections – or dermatitis. Areas of allergic inflammation and dermatitis are not only irritating to the pet, but are painful too – leading to an uncomfortable and unhappy pet.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AN ITCHY PET
If you notice your pet is itching, scratching or has areas of hair-loss, inflammation or irritated skin, it’s important to book them in for a veterinary health check. Your Vet will examine your pet and discuss what treatment and management options are available to help relieve their itchiness and manage any underlying allergies or skin infection. The sooner they can examine and treat your pet, the sooner their itchiness will be relieved!
It’s also important to ensure your pet is up to date with flea prevention treatment. There are various products to suit pets with all different requirements, including pet shampoos, low allergy diets and other products which may be of benefit to your pet.
Treating and managing skin allergies early will ensure your pet stays comfortable and happy throughout Springtime.