Help, My Pet is Itchy?

It’s so unbearable to watch pets suffer from itchy skin. Imagine how unbearable it is for the suffering pet. They seek all types of surfaces and attempt so many tricks to get some relief. From the roll over and wiggle, the tail spin, or the ruba dub dub.  You’ve tried everything and still the stunts and scratching continues.

There are many factors that contribute to your pet’s itchy skin. Your pet could be dealing with fleas & ticks, pet allergies, or another medical problem that could cause skin irritation, so getting help begins with speaking with your veterinarian. The exact etiology for a pet’s itchy behavior can be determined by a comprehensive physical examination by your veterinarian.  Regardless of the cause, there are general methods of care that can help treat the symptoms and in many cases soothe your pet’s itchy skin.

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Bathe Your Pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo. Hypoallergenic shampoos are gentle and soap free and can be used frequently. Virbac’s Allergroom is a shampoo designed to improve the skin and coat condition of normal or dry skin in dogs and cats.  Spherulites Microcapsules, an exclusive encapsulation system, provides a slow release of ingredients long after product application and creates a protective film on the skin and hair with chitosanide. This natural biopolymer reinforces the hydrating and restoring effects of the formulation, helping to protect the skin against damage from the environment. Virbac’s Allergroom also may help delay the onset of skin irritation due to topical bacteria or yeast. The anti-adhesive glycotechnology disrupts microorganism colonization on the skin surface. If your pet’s itching is caused by  a yeast infection, you may want to consider ketoconazole-based shampoos like ketochlor from virbac. Keeping your pet’s skin clean, hydrated and protected from environmental damage is a start to reducing itchy skin.

Start a flea & Tick Prevention Plan. The most common reason pets itch is caused by external parasites such as fleas & ticks. This seems like an obvious reason but sometimes a flea and tick infestation may not be so obvious when your pet has long hair. There are also shampoos like Ecto soothe that aid in eliminating flea and tick infestations. To protect against a flea or tick infestation start a flea and tick preventive that can be topical or an oral flea prevention. Frontline plus is a great topical flea and tick prevention made for either cats or dogs.  Frontline plus also treats chewing lice and prevents all flea life stages from developing. Comfortis is an oral flea prevention that is also available for dogs or cats and works quickly to get rid of flea infestations within 30 minutes.

Adding an Omega Supplement to your pet’s diet may help reduce the symptoms of skin allergies and also provides added moisture and decreases inflammation of the skin. The Omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids in NaturVet Salmon Oil for dogs and cats provide added moisture for a glossy coat and healthy skin. Fish oil is a great source of Omega 3’s. Speak with your veterinarian and be sure your pet is receiving the needed dose. Skin and coat improvement can be seen after 6 weeks of treatment. Welactin 3 is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids proven to be effective for your pet’s skin and coat. Fatty acids like what is found in Virbac’s Allerderm Efa-Caps HP high potency supplement for dogs and cats, are generally indicated for the treatment of pruritus associated with atopy, and idiopathic seborrhea. Efa Caps are effective in reducing inflammation, and maintaining healthy skin and coat in cats and dogs.

Your pet’s healthy skin is a start to reducing the itch. Speak with your veterinarian and review your pet’s history to see what most affects their skin health. Protect your pets from environmental hazards, fleas and ticks, skin allergens to help combat itchy skin.

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