When our pets have skin problems, they are not the only ones suffering. We spend time researching, wondering, and listening to the seemingly endless scratching of our dog or cat’s discomfort. There are a few common causes to be aware of and many things to do at home to combat these issues.
The most common cause for skin issues is flea and tick bite hypersensitivity. Even one flea can create a severe reaction if the pet is sensitive. It can cause itching, redness, bumps, and some pets may even scratch so much that they rub the skin raw, worsening the situation. By treating your pet every month with flea and tick prevention, you will eliminate this concern and provide them with relief. If you are treating your pet for 3 months or longer and are still noticing fleas, you may want to treat your yard or house in order to completely end the cycle.
Another common skin concern are allergies. Both environmental and food allergies play a part in your pets skin health. Although, food allergies are not as common as people may think, it can still cause itching, poor coat quality, ear infections, or digestive distress. Environmental allergies seem to be the main culprit, especially during the spring months. These causes include dust, dust mites, pollen, grass and flea bites. Symptoms can range from itchy, crusty, flaky skin, to ear and skin infections. It is also possible for your dog or cat to have year round allergies. By addressing these issues with your vet, they are then able to figure out the best plan and allergy management.
There are a few things you can do at home to help combat skin irritations, such as supplements and lifestyle changes. Omega Fatty Acids are an essential part of reducing inflammation in the body. Redness, itching, and infections are a sign that there is a reaction to an allergen. Supplementing your cat or dog with Omega-3 Fatty Acids can eliminate dull, brittle fur, dry skin, slow yeast growth, assist in addressing allergies with anti-inflammatory properties, and even help to prevent pets from being overweight with a proper ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6. Vitamin E oil also has many moisturizing properties that will help protect your pets skin and reduce dryness. Vitamin E can be used both topically and orally. Speak to your Veterinarian before giving orally, they will be able to give you the correct dosage and directions specific to your pet.
Overall wellness for your pet is the main goal! A problem that is presenting itself on the skin means that there is more happening under the surface. In order to keep them happy and healthy, we want to address all symptoms from the inside out.