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Is your pet itchy?

November 27, 2017

Spring has spring and so have skin problems!

ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES

These allergies are most commonly seen in Spring/Summer. It can be an airborne allergen such as dust mites or pollen, or even grasses that cause skin reactions.

The symptoms include: excessive scratching, rubbing on the carpet, hair loss, greasy or flaky with a foul odour, excessive chewing and itching of the paws, groins and armpits.

 

FLEA ALLERGIES

Although most pets react to flea bites by itching, some cats and dogs develop a hypersensitivity to flea saliva. Just one bite can result ion excessive itching, licking, chewing, thickened skin and fur loss. The best defence is to maintain good flea control with a quality flea treatment and ensure you treat the environment for fleas at least once a year.

 

FOOD ALLERGIES

A food allergy is a condition in which the body’s immune system reacts adversely to a food, or an ingredient in a food. Any ingredient can cause an allergy. However, meat-sourced protein is the most common offender.

Food allergies can be difficult to diagnose as they require a food elimination diet. This means that a special diet is fed exclusively for at least 3 months to check for an improvement. While on this trial the pet must not have any treats, human food or flavoured medications/supplements.

Let us help manage your pet’s itch…. Call us on 07 888 8197.