Did you know? Itching is the number one reason for veterinary visits by dogs. Itchy Pet Awareness Month aims to promote pet skin health and make sure your pet gets the itch relief they need. Itch is a medical condition that can cause serious complications and get in the way of the fun your pet has with you and your family.
- Pets can start itching due to outdoor (pollens & plants) and indoor (dust mites & molds) allergens as well as parasites like fleas or mites, foods that are part of their main diet or treats or even chemicals in carpets, shampoos, detergents or on lawns.
- Scratching is the most obvious sign of itch but biting, chewing, rubbing, frequent licking, recurrent ear problems, hair loss, body odor, and skin changes can be clues, too.
- Common over-the-counter medications don't treat the true cause of itch and can prolong your pet's suffering.
- Seeking advice from a veterinarian is important to determine if the itch is caused by an infection, parasites, or allergy and what treatment can best help your pet.
If your pet is showing signs of itch, call us or request an appointment online to book an exam and find out the cause.