Are your pet’s days punctuated by bouts of foot-flicking, ear-flapping scratching? If you’re uncomfortable listening to the constant chorus of claws making contact with skin, imagine how your cat or dog feels! At True Care Veterinary Hospital, we take pet itching seriously, and we’ll help you uncover the source of your pet’s problem so we can put a stop to all that itching.
Pets will scratch or sometimes bite at a spot on their body for a variety of reasons, including allergies, boredom, and bugs. Let’s take a look at a few of these.
Allergies are one of the most common reasons for pet itching. Your cat or dog could have a food allergy; an environmental allergy to things like pollen or mold; or contact dermatitis from encountering everyday chemicals like household cleaners or outdoor pesticides.
Watch for other symptoms that point to allergies:
- Watery eyes
- Chronic ear infections
- Clogged anal glands
- Dry skin or bare spots
A pet that is bored, lonely, or anxious can develop something much like human obsessive compulsive disorder, and they will begin to do something repetitively, like scratching themselves.
Pests present a very common cause of pet itching. Fleas, ticks, and mites can really drive pets buggy—and make them scratch themselves incessantly.
Occasionally, hormone imbalances can lead to conditions like hypothyroidism, which can cause skin infections; dry, flaky skin; dandruff; and ear infections. And all of these things can make pets extremely itchy.
Arthritis or Other Underlying Pain
Compulsive biting or scratching may seem to point to a problem that is only skin deep, when in fact, something may be going on far beneath the surface. Sometimes our pets lick, bite, or chew at an area because they’re in pain, and they’re simply trying the only way they know to find relief.
Put an End to the Itch
To accurately pinpoint the cause of your pet’s itching, the first thing to do is schedule a checkup. We can help you investigate and diagnose the trigger and present you with treatment options and, if necessary, allergy serums or medications for pain management.
It’s also important to have your pet seen by a veterinarian if your pet has open sores from scratching, as these can become infected.
Other strategies for calming the itch include:
- Stay up-to-date with year round parasite control
- Wipe your pet’s paws after they’ve been outdoors
- Rid your home of common pet toxins that could make your pet itch
- Avoid any known allergens as much as possible
- Combat boredom by keeping your pet active
- Use doctor-recommended treatments as prescribed
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ