August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month. That’s one topic that affects quite a few of our furry patients. It’s probably safe to say that all dogs and cats get the occasional itch, just as humans do. However, ongoing and/or persistent itching is a different story. A local Houston Heights, TX vet lists some ways to keep your pet from itching below.
First and foremost, keep up with Fido and Fluffy’s flea and tick prevention. There are quite a few products to choose from these days, ranging from topical drops to collars to shampoos. Talk to your vet about the various options, and see what will work best.
Food allergies can also make your four-legged friend itchy and miserable. If you’ve recently changed pet food brands, and your pet suddenly seems super itchy, the new food could be the culprit. Dry foods can also contribute to dry skin, a common cause of itchiness. Hypoallergenic food may help in some cases. However, it’s important to narrow down exactly what your furry pal is reacting to.
If your furry buddy is allergic to things like dust, dander, or pollen, it may be helpful to do a bit of extra cleaning. Dusting and vacuuming can do a lot as far as removing allergens. If your pet is allergic to pollen, you may also need to wipe them down after walks when counts are high. Ask your vet for more information.
Some of our four-legged pals have sensitive skin, and should only be bathed with gentle, hypo-allergenic shampoos. Oatmeal shampoos are a good option for pups with sensitive skin.
Medications, such as antihistamines, can help soothe itching. However, you should never give your pet anything without first consulting your vet. Many human medications are toxic to our furry companions. It’s also important to narrow down why your pet is itching. There are many possible causes, which range from dry skin to insect bites to allergies. It’s worth noting that allergies in pets seem to be on the rise. No one is sure exactly why, but it may have to do with chemicals used in food and pet products.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Houston Heights, TX pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!