Nothing is more frustrating than an itchy pet. And there are few things that look more miserable. There are many causes for a scratching animal, but here are some of the more common offenders:
- Bugs! Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause your pet to scratch.
- Irritation: That shampoo you bathed Fido with or the lavender scented detergent that you washed Fluffy’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.
- Skin infections: Infections can occur for a variety of reasons, but they most skin infections are irritating! Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.
If your pet is scratching, it might be a good idea to have a vet take a closer look