Itching in your Vail valley Pet
Have you ever heard your dog’s collar jingling in the night as they franctically try to “itch that spot,” or perhaps you notice your pet obscessively licking on their paws, or even their belly? Or have you seen your cat lick all the hair off their belly? Although early on you may not have concerns about your pet’s “pruitis” or “itching” but if left untreated, itching can lead to secondary infections in the skin, including “hot spots” which are areas of inflamed and oozing skin.
Itching, unfortunately, is a symptom of a problem in your pet. Pets will itch for many reasons.
Before I begin to diagnose a pet’s itching problem, I ask a few questions.
First of all, does your pet itch or lick all the time or just during certain times of the year? And did the problem just start or has it been going on for a period of time?
Or has your pet been around other pets that are itching? These are all crucial pieces of the puzzle as we try to diagnose your pet’s itching.
Although there are innumberable reasons for “pruitis” or “itching “ in pets, I will list the most common reasons I see here in the Vail Valley.
In summary, there are innumberable reasons for “pruitis” and itching/licking in pets. It is important that your veterinarian is alerted to the problem and can examine your pet, peform a detailed skin exam , and even perform higher levels of diagnostics such as allergey testing, comprehensive blood profiles to check for internal metabolic diseases, skin scrapings for ecotparasites, fungal cultures and even biopsies! They key is to be proactive about your pet’s itching before more serious conditions occur !