In continuation of last week’s discussion, let’s discuss what you can do to help your itchy pet! Although our weather is unpredictable at best, warmer weather brings flea infestation, ticks, and seasonal allergies. Check out the options below to help your pet fight the itch.
- Flea and tick preventatives come in many forms with numerous options for your cat or dog. But, with flea & tick preventatives you get what you pay for. Inexpensive collars and sprays are not very effective and give people a false sense of protection. I hear, on a weekly basis, “how does my dog have fleas when he wears a flea collar!” On a side note, numerous poison cases occur every year when a cat receives a dog flea & tick preventative. Cats cannot tolerate some of the same medications. Make sure to discuss appropriate options with your veterinarian and strictly follow the label when using flea & tick preventatives.
- Environmental allergies are a little tougher to reign in and cannot be prevented so easily. There are several options for the allergy itchy pet including medications that can stop the itch at the skin level, topical mousses that help heal skin, medicated baths and ear based medications.
- Fleas, ticks and allergies are only the main causes of scratching. There are numerous, less common issues such as mites (invisible to the naked eye), hair based disorders, fungal infections and numerous skin dysfunctions that can make your pet itch.
Make sure to consult your veterinarian if you find your pet scratching this season!