Veterinarian’s Guide to Understanding and Treating Itchy Skin in Your Pet

As pet owners, we appreciate our four-legged friends and aim to give them a healthy and happy existence. But, seeing our beloved creatures scratching, biting, or licking themselves can be upsetting. Itchy skin in cats and dogs is a common problem that can have a negative impact on their health. Here are some of the reasons why pets become itchy, as well as symptoms that might assist us in identifying this discomfort in our furry friends.

1. Constant Scratching and Biting – Constant scratching and biting is one of the most visible indicators of an itchy pet. Cats and dogs may use their paws or teeth, or they may target specific areas that are bothering them. Keep an eye out if you observe your pet scratching excessively, especially if it causes redness, irritation, or even wounds on their skin.

2. Hair Loss and Patchy Fur – Itchy skin can cause hair loss or bald spots in your pet’s coat. Keep a look out for odd thinning or uneven patterns, as they can suggest an underlying issue. In response to itching, cats may groom excessively, resulting in excessive hairballs or areas of missing hair.

3. Inflammation and Redness – When your pet’s skin becomes irritated, it may appear red, puffy, or inflamed. These indications are especially evident on the paws, ears, tummy, and armpits. Excessive scratching can cause skin breakdown and infection, so it’s critical to address the underlying problem as soon as possible.

4. Excessive Licking – While automobiles are well-known for their grooming habits, excessive licking can indicate pain. Dogs may also lick their paws or other locations to relieve itching. If you see your pet licking or cheering on their skin excessively, it’s time to look into it further.

Itchy skin can have a negative impact on our pets’ quality of life. It is our responsibility as responsible pet owners to notice and treat indicators of itchiness as soon as possible. If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, please call us so that we can discuss treatment options together.