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Itchy Pets

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

 

Every once in a while pets need to scratch, but sometimes the scratching never seems to end. Why so itchy? Here are a few common causes for itchy pets:

  • Irritation: That shampoo you bathed Spot with or the lavender scented detergent that you washed Daisy’s bed in may smell great to you, but for some pets these things can be very irritating. You are often best off to use fragrance-free products and gentle shampoos.
  • Allergies: Pets can be allergic to anything that people can, and most of the time their allergies rear their ugly head as itchiness. Food, grass, dust, even cat dander can cause your pet to be itchy.  If you suspect your pet may have an allergy, consult with your veterinarian for the best was to relieve the symptoms.
  • Bugs! Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause your pet to scratch.
  • Skin infections: Infections can happen for a variety of reasons, but most skin infections are especially irritating. Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.

If your pet is scratching, it might be time for a check-up. Call 513-961-1110 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information.