Itchy Pets

With warmer weather here our pets seem to getting itchy.

Things to keep in mind when your pet starts to itch;

When your pet is becoming itchy you have to consider all the reasons why you’re pet could be itchy. Below is a list of things to think about,

Atopy: pollen allergies that are seasonal and make your pet itch at their ears face groin, armpits, and feet, under tail and basically all over their body.

Food allergy: non- seasonal itch of the skin, can affect all areas of the body, mainly seen in the ears, feet and tail. Just like people pets can develop food allergies to certain foods and/or ingredients in a food. Pets can also eat this food and/or ingredient for years and then out of the blue develop an allergy to it.

Parasites: a non seasonal itch anywhere on the body like mange or fleas

Contact allergy: where the pet has come into contact with something that makes him/her itchy.

The most importation information that your Veterinarian is going to need is your pet’s history.  In order to treat the problem and anticipate how to prevent further problems an accurate and detailed history will be beneficial. Some information your Veterinarian may need is,

Where does the pet itch? Any specific generalized area?
Which came first, the itch or the scab? (If any)
When did itching begin?
How severe does the owner believe the itching is?
What medications, if any, has the owner tried? (Including over the counter meds)
What were the results of medications?
Has the pet been seen for issues of this nature before?

Determining the cause of the itch will take patience from the owner, the pet and the doctor. One thing for owners to remember with skin issues is that they can require a lot of time, trials and visits back and forth from the doctors. Quick fixes are just that, a short relief for your pet before the itching reoccurres. Your doctor wants to do their best to eliminate and prevent recurrence of that dreaded itch. Your doctor and staff may need to take their time and do it right.