Nov 23, 2009 5:20 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
The most common problems we treat at Animal Care Clinic are obesity, dental disease and skin disease. Our high pollen count and ideal environment for fleas make itchy dogs and cats almost seem to be the norm!
Hay fever, also known as atopy, manifests itself as itchy skin in dogs and cats - when we sneeze and have runny noses, our pets scratch and chew. Cats tend to get little scabs all over their bodies and lick their hair out in large patches. Dogs get ear infections, itchy feet and armpits and may lose hair around their eyes or itch all over.
Since we can't make the pollen go away, these animals need to be on maintenance skin care all year ‘round. Shampoo therapy is critical. Cool water and moisturizing shampoos used weekly can truly help a pet with atopy. Our veterinarians can help you decide which shampoo will work best for your pet - some contain oatmeal, others are anti-seborrheic and others kill bacteria or fungus. We do not generally recommend flea shampoos - any soap will kill fleas and no shampoo has any residual effect against fleas.
If you have a flea problem, give us a call and we can help you choose the right products.
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