Get to the root of their symptoms so you can eliminate the problem for good.
Skin issues in pets can be caused by many different things. That’s why it’s important to take note of your dog or cat’s issue just as soon as it appears on their skin. You’ll have ample time to treat it and get rid of the root cause of the allergen so it doesn’t hurt your pet more than it did originally.
Knowing what signs and symptoms to look for in your pet’s skin and behavior helps you identify an issue and explore it more closely. You’ll find out what some of the most common allergens are for dogs and cats. You can then determine what the best course of action to take to alleviate your pet’s pain and suffering.
Some of the things that cause dogs and cats to itch and scratch include:
- Fleas. The pesky parasites latch onto your pet while they’re outdoors and suck the life out of them. If not treated quickly, fleas can take over your home, covering your furniture, clothing, and you as well as your dog or cat. If you don’t want to spend weeks treating the aftermath of fleas, you’ll do what you need to do to rid them from your yard for good before they can get onto your pet.
- Food Sensitivities. Some of the ingredients found in dog food or cat food can cause your pet’s skin to break out. It’s important to identify the source of the allergen and eliminate it completely from the dog or cat’s diet. They won’t keep reacting to the ingredient because you were mindful enough to explore alternate brands to feed them in place of what they were formally eating.
- Allergies to Their Environment. Cleaning products and cigarette smoke are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to allergy-producing things inside a home for pets. Think long and hard about the type of environment you’ve created for your dog or cat. Is it a place where they can thrive with a few quick adjustments? Are you willing to use natural cleaners in place of commercial brands? Will you give up smoking or at least take your cigarettes outdoors?
- Bacterial Skin Infections. Certain bacteria can build-up on the skin causing nasty physical reactions to appear in the form of infections. The dog or cat may be aggressively licking or biting the area that is causing them harm. It’s important to get the skin cleared up so it’s no longer a concern for you or your pet.
- Ringworm. Highly contagious and something you won’t want to contract yourself, this fungus finds its way onto your pet’s skin and does considerable damage in the process. Asking your dog or cat’s vet for a ringworm preventative treatment is ideal as it allows you to prevent the terrible fungi from harming your pet.
Now that you know what’s causing your pet’s skin issues, you can decide the best way to address the problem at hand.
Act Quickly to Eliminate Allergens from Your Pet’s Diet and Living Environment
Treat your pet’s skin issues right away before they worsen. By determining the source of the issue, you’re able to eliminate it from their diet or environment right away. That means fewer instances of itching and scratching and less discomfort for your pet.
You can use the Petrics app to see if the ingredient or ingredients in question are in the foods and treats you feed your pets. You can then discontinue use of those brands and find a better substitute for your dog or cat. Having a database of pet foods and ingredients at your disposal at all times is a true asset that benefits your pets by increasing their overall wellness.