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Posted on 05-08-2017
Gainesville pet owners - Does your cat or dog itch constantly? Do they obsessively lick paws or scratch certain areas? Have you noticed a foul odor on their skin or ears, discolor or balding spots?
Occasional pet itching is common - especially with dogs. Constant itching may be a sign of skin disease or allergies and can cause hair loss or skin damage. Their itching can be an annoyance to you, even keeping you up at night. If not handled early, your pets may have a harder time battling this issue and it can be harder to treat and control.
Common Pet Allergies:
Flea bite hypersensitivity causes severe pet itching. Even one flea bite can cause pruritis (itchy skin) with the hind end affected most often. Fleas and flea feces that contain your pet’s blood are not always visible to your eye. We recommend year-round flea prevention and, if needed, medicated flea baths (contact our Prestige Pet Resort) to limit fleas on your pet and stop their itch.
Talk to your Shores Animal Hospital veterinarian about your pet’s itch issues and how we can provide relief.
Want to take a quick 6-question quiz to learn more about your dog’s itching AND help military, police and service dogs?
Each time the quiz is taken, Zoetis will make a donation to K-9 Courage™ Program. K-9 Courage provides healthcare assistance to retired military and active police dogs as well as active service dogs that assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Once admitted into the program, each dog receives a $300 credit every year for the rest of its life to help cover veterinary expenses like wellness and emergency visits, vaccines, prescription medications, food, and treats.
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