Animal Care Clinic Tips

Nov 23, 2009 6:05 PM by By Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

Itching and Scratching

As I write this, we are enjoying another predictable "Indian Summer" - it is 80 degrees in November!

Whenever we start off the fall with a nice rain followed by warm weather, we can be sure the allergies will flare-up. When pollen counts rise, molds and mildew grow, and new sprouts of grass and weeds emerge, many of our pets will begin to itch. This is because dogs and cats tend to show allergies in their skin. The same things that make us sneeze and rub our eyes, will make our pets scratch and rub their ears!

Most of the time the allergies are due to inhalation of pollen, dust mites or mold spores. Some animals develop allergies just by contacting certain plants. The typical dog with inhaled allergies will have itchy armpits, mild hair loss around the eyes and maybe an ear infection or itchy feet. Cats are less specific and may develop small scabs over the entire body. Contact allergies in either species will results in redness, itchiness and hair loss in the areas that contact the plant (feet and belly most commonly).

If you have an itchy pet we can help. There are many treatments available. The doctors and staff at Animal Care Clinic are available Monday through Friday 7:30-6, Saturday 9-3 and Monday nights until 8 p.m. Give us a call!



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