A Veterinarian’s Guide to Recognizing and Treating Your Pet’s Itchy Skin
We appreciate our furry friends and work hard to give them a happy and healthy existence as pet owners. However, it can be upsetting to see our cherished dogs constantly biting, scratching, or licking themselves. A common problem that has a big impact on cats’ and dogs’ health is itchy skin. The following list of causes of pet itchiness includes symptoms that can be used to determine whether our animal pals are in discomfort.
1. Constant Scratching and Biting – One of the most obvious symptoms of an itchy pet is persistent scratching and biting. The parts that are bothering cats and dogs may be targeted with their paws, teeth, or both. If you find that your pet is scratching excessively, especially to the point of causing redness, irritation, or even wounds on their skin, pay close attention.
2. Hair Loss and Patchy Fur – Itchy skin can cause your pet’s coat to become patchy or bald in places. Keep an eye out for any unexpected thinning or uneven patterns since these may point to a deeper issue. In order to relieve their itching, cats may overgroom, which can result in extra hairballs or hair loss patches.
3. Redness and Inflammation – When your pet’s skin is irritated, it may appear red, puffy, or inflamed. These symptoms are most obvious in places like the paws, ears, tummy, and armpits. It’s critical to address the underlying problem as soon as possible because excessive scratching can tear the skin and make it vulnerable to infections.
4. Excessive Licking – Although cats are known for their grooming routines, excessive licking might be an indication of discomfort. Dogs may lick their paws or other regions to relieve itching. It’s time to look into it more if you see your pet licking or cheering excessively on your skin.
The quality of life for our cherished dogs can be dramatically impacted by itchy skin. It is our responsibility as responsible pet owners to identify the symptoms of itchiness and take immediate action. Contact us so that we can discuss treatment options if you see any of these symptoms in your pet.