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Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching?

Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalDoes it seem like every time you see your cat or dog, he is scratching himself? You may think he has a flea problem, and while this may be true, there are several other reasons your pet could be constantly scratching himself. Your cat or dog could have allergy problems, sensitivity to certain grasses, or even a diet issue. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we can help find exactly what is causing the itching problem and treat your pet to relieve his constant scratching. We would like to tell you more about some of the possible reasons for this condition besides fleas and ticks.

Environmental

If your dog loves to swim, dig around gopher holes, and run through fields, he could end up with a scratching problem. Not only are some dogs allergic to certain plants, but they can also get patches of moist eczema, or “hot spots” from exposure to water. If these patches are left untreated, they can easily spread and become infected. 5 Points Animal Hospital can treat these types of skin problems and give you tips on preventing these issues in the future.

Nutritional

Your pets need proper nourishment, or they could end up with skin problems as their entire bodies are continuously in a state of stress, according to PetMD. We strongly recommend that you feed your cat or dog a high-quality meat-based food. If you feed your pets commercial pet food, you should look to see that the first ingredient is meat (beef, poultry, lamb, or fish) to avoid skin problems.

Infectious

Your cat or dog can have coat or skin problems from bacterial and fungal organisms. If you notice circular patches of hair loss, your pet could have ringworm, which is a fungal infection that is contagious to other animals as well as humans. While this may sound scary, ringworm is easily treated, and 5 Points Animal Hospital can apply treatment in our office. Infectious bacteria dermatitis is a very common skin problem in dogs, and it can be so irritating to your dog that he will constantly lick the lesion, which undoes any previous healing. The best way to treat infectious dermatitis is to clip the hair away from the area to allow it to dry. We can give your dog both a topical medication and oral antibiotics to stop the bacterial organisms from invading your dog’s skin.

Of course, fleas and ticks are another big reason why your cat or dog is constantly scratching. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to make an appointment for your pet to relieve his itching.

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