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Itchy Skin (Part 2)

As pet owners we all know that occasional scratching here and there is not unusual; in fact there are very few pets that don’t itch every now and then.  However when it becomes frequent and you see coat and skin irritations, you know your pet has a skin condition that needs addressing.   In Part 2 of this article, we look further into the causes of itchy skin and finding solutions to fix this irritable problem.

Food Allergies

Food allergies are a rising concern with dog owners and it seems that more and more dogs are suffering from them.  Excessive itching and scratching are the main symptoms of food allergies, an over-response of your dog’s immune system to an invading protein.  Proteins in beef, dairy products, wheat, chicken, egg and soy products, as well as certain fruits and vegetables, are often linked to food allergies in dogs.  Dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and other food additives can also cause an allergic reaction.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from food allergies put them on a low-allergy diet which includes foods like fish and potatoes or commence an elimination diet to determine what food/s are causing the problem.  Supplement your pet’s diet with Aristopet Multi Vitamin and Mineral Tablets to ensure that they receive adequate daily vitamins.
 


Mites

Sarcoptic mange or canine scabies is a highly contagious, parasitic skin disease in dogs.  It is caused by microscopic mites that invade the skin of healthy dogs and puppies.  Symptoms usually include hair loss and severe itching of the ears, armpits, chest and belly.  Because of severe itching and resultant scratching the skin can become traumatised and a variety of sores and infections can further develop as a result.  Feline sarcoptic mange is uncommon however feline scabies, caused by a similar parasitic mite, can cause severe skin infections in cats, similar to sarcoptic mange in dogs. 

Use
Frontline Spray to control your cat or dogs sarcoptic mange infestation.  To control mange on smaller pets like rabbits, rats, mice and guinea pigs, use Small Animal Insecticidal Mite and Mange Spray.
 


Neurogenic Dermatitis   

One of the main causes of itching and scratching in our pets, Neurogenic Dermatitis, is a condition where cats and dogs, though mostly dogs, obsessively lick a certain part of their skin.  Triggers such as anxiety, boredom and stress come into play as there doesn’t seem to be an organic cause.  Dogs who are fixating on a particular part of their coat or skin and dogs that are overly groomed also need to be carefully supervised and prevented from licking (if possible) as persistent licking traumatises the skin, preventing healing.  

Wound Guard is a bitterant spray to deter animals from self-mutilation. It’s also an antiseptic to treat the wounds of dogs or cats and prevents infection.  Separation anxiety and stress can be treated with
Canine Tranquil Formula.  Containing Tryptophan, Canine Tranquil Formula will help maintain your pets emotional balance.
 


Poor Diet

Many pets are vulnerable to skin irritants because the food they eat is not balanced.  As a result of not getting sufficient nutrients and vitamins, their skin, coat and entire body can be in a constant state of stress and itchiness. 

Try
Mega-Coat Oral Nutritional Supplement;  a high potency dietary supplement containing polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6, Vitamin E and minerals that aids in improving coat condition, in dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and small animals.  Nutrigel will also help keep their skin and coat healthy.
 


Genetics

Fatty acids play a very important role in your pet’s skin and coat health.  Unfortunately some dog breeds, including German Shephards, Golden Retrievers and Terriers, tend to have depleted levels of fatty acid in their bodies, making them more prone to dry and itchy skin. 

Containing omega oils and Vitamin E,
Canine Omegaderm for Dogs and Feline Omegaderm for Cats will help maintain your pet’s healthy skin and coat.