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June 2014: Relief from Itchy Skin

On a daily basis it’s extremely common to see our pets itch and scratch.  However when they start to scratch with extreme frequency, develop ‘hot spots’ and are particularly irritable, it’s evident they have a skin condition that needs addressing.  Read our ‘Relief from Itchy Skin’ guide to learn how to eliminate the main triggers for itchy skin.

1. Flea Control

Problem: One of the most common causes of itchy skin in pets is fleas; with Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) one of the most common skin conditions experienced by our pets.  FAD occurs in pets that develop a hypersensitivity to flea saliva.  When these pets are bitten by a flea the itching that results from the injection of saliva is much more severe than what ‘normal’ pet’s exhibit.  Unlike some cats and dogs who may be able to tolerate a moderate amount of bites, pets with FAD can’t even tolerate one. 

Management: Bring relief to your pet and help FAD by using a flea preventative such as Frontline Plus for Dogs or Frontline Plus for Cats in combination with a variety of wound care creams that can be applied to the affected area; to relieve the itch and encourage healing.

2. Grooming

Problem:  A dogs itching can also be caused by environmental allergens.  Allergens can either be seasonal or year round; with reactions typically occurring when your pet has been exposed to certain plants, air born pollen, fungus or moulds.  For example, notorious for causing incessant itching and scratching in many pets are the common Birch and Oak trees.  If you notice that your pets start scratching after coming inside following play time, keep them inside the next day or two and try to identify the cause.

Management: Grooming your pet daily, or at least two to three times a week with products like the Gripsoft Slicker Brush for Dogs or the Gripsoft Cat Pin Brush will help you remove the dirt and allergens in your pet’s coat that may lead to itching.  

3. Diet

Problem:  Itching, licking and chewing are the most common symptoms of pets that have food allergies.  And although the exact cause of food allergies are still unknown, beef, milk products, eggs and wheat have been identified as common allergens.  Chemicals, preservatives and dyes found in foods can also cause allergic reactions.

Management:  If you suspect your pet is suffering from food allergies try putting them on a low-allergy or hyperallergenic diet.  You may also want to supplement their food intake with PAW Wellness and Vitality Chews to ensure they receive the adequate vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to maintain general health and well being.

Did You Know?

  • Your pets skin is considerably thinner than yours with thickness of dog and cat skin varying between species, breed and body location
  • Dog skin usually measures around 0.5mm to 5mm in thickness
  • Cat skin is around 0.4mm – 2mm thick
  • Human skin averages 4mm in thickness
  • Your pets skin has a higher pH value than yours


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