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Caring for Your Pet’s Skin

Thursday, June 6, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

cat scratchingYour dog or cat probably loves to be scratched behind the ears but if you notice your furry friend scratching, chewing or licking his skin constantly, it may be a problem that not so easy to solve. Itchiness in pets may have many causes. It could be allergies. Dogs and cats can be allergic to fleas, pollen, mold and even dust mites. Humans get runny noses and watery eyes but dogs and cats show allergies by chewing or scratching their skin, paws or ears.

If you live a dry area, fleas, ticks, mange, or mites can cause your dog or cat to scratch their skin excessively. These issues may be seasonal in certain areas or could occur year round in others. The condition of your pets skin is an indication of their overall health. It’s a good idea to visit your veterinarian if you notice any abnormality in your pets skin or hair or if your pet begins to excessively scratch, lick or bite his fur. A cat who licks her paws constantly might be dealing with dry, itchy skin.  Your vet will determine the cause of the problem and recommend the proper treatment.

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