Itchy Business: Treating Pet Skin Problems and Allergies
Although most pets enjoy a really good scratch every now and then, if your pet is itchier than usual there may be a problem—and the cause could be an allergy or another underlying condition.
Did you know that an estimated 10-20% of dogs and cats suffer from allergies? In fact, many skin problems in Mississippi are often a result of one or more of these types of allergies affecting pets:
- Seasonal/airborne (atopy) caused by ragweed, mites, tree pollen, etc.
- allergy, an allergic reaction to cleaning products, carpet fibers, shampoos or plastics
- Food allergy
- Flea bite dermatitis
Unlike our sniffles and sneezes around allergy season, when it comes to cats and dogs the symptoms are usually most noticeable on the skin, such as:
- Bumps, rashes or blisters
- Hair loss
- Ear infections and redness
- Chronic scratching and biting/licking skin and paws
- Crusty or scaly skin
- Hot spots
Other conditions that may cause skin problems to emerge are fungal infections, bacterial infections and parasites.
Thankfully, no matter what the source of the problem, we can diagnose and treat these uncomfortable conditions through allergy testing, changes to diet, medications, special shampoos, topicals, and other treatment options best suited for your furry friend.
Our team is ready to help get your pet's skin and coat in healthy, itch-free condition, so that the only scratching to occur will be from those good scratches behind the ears.