If you have an itching pet, it’s time to see your vet!
In the past year, ‘pandemic’ pet ownership has soared with approximately 6.7 million people having adopted, purchased or fostered a cat or dog.
However, when we combine this increase in pet ownership with the less known statistics of 1 in 5 pets currently suffering from allergic disease and requiring treatment from their vet.
Skin health is often overlooked in pets, and when it comes to skin conditions (particularly itchy skin), the path to relief is not a one-size-fits all solution.
Pet owners should feel confident knowing what is healthy and what to monitor when it comes to their pet’s skin.
They should also feel empowered to speak with a veterinary team when they’re concerned, as they are the best source of truth and support and can help pet owners navigate complexities associated with dermatological conditions.
Excessive licking, chewing, biting, scratching, and rubbing are all forms of itching, and a sign that a pet has a skin issue.
While some itching is normal in our furry friends, excessive itching, hair loss, pink skin, darkened skin, and even rust-coloured areas of hair, can all indicate that it is time to make an appointment to check their skin, coat, and ears.
I can’t say it any easier – itchy pet? See your vet.
Skin issues can cause pets great discomfort and significantly reduce their overall quality of life.
If left untreated, they can also lead to greater health concerns.
Once identified, most issues can be managed through a combination of the right diet, medication, and topical solutions, giving the pet back the comfort and wellbeing they deserve.
Debunking the myths
It is important to pay close attention to your pet’s behaviour consistently to help spot any potential dermatological issues early on, particularly during the warmer months when skin issues can progress quickly due to heat and humidity.
Understanding that all pets are different, and no two will exhibit the same signs, here are a few key things to look out for:
- Have you noticed excessive licking and scratching? This can be a sign that your pet has a skin issue. Chances are that if you’ve noticed it, they are doing it even more than you see and it is time to see the vet.
- There are some signs that are less obviously related to a dermatological concern. These include: dandruff (scaling skin), staining between the toes from excessive licking, strong odour, greasy skin or fur, and thinning of coat.
The key to success is teamwork. Through working closely with your veterinary team, asking and answering questions openly and honestly, a solution can be reached It is important to visit the vet for proper diagnosis and effective treatment, as vets can assist pets to getting on the right path to an overall improved quality of life.
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