Did you know itching and scratching are the most common health problems found in cats and dogs? Our pets can develop skin problems in the same way humans can. Finding out what is causing your four-legged friend to itch, and resolving it is vital to their quality of life.

Watching your furry friend suffer from itchy skin can be a very distressing experience. Your pet’s ears, for instance, are extremely sensitive and are often susceptible to problems. Itchy ears may be a sign of ear mites, bacterial and yeast infection, or an allergy. Generally, they should look and smell clean. Your pet’s ears should also be free of wax and dry skin. If you notice some discomfort, redness, or odour, please book a check-up with one of our vets.

Allergic dermatitis is a common and painful inflammatory skin problem found in cats and dogs. This condition can be triggered by pollen. Allergic dermatitis is more prevalent in the warmer months when the pollen count is high, our gardens are blooming, and fleas and parasites are at their peak.
Your vet can help you determine the exact cause of your best friend’s itch.

If you notice your pet suffering from any of the symptoms below, then you should take your pet to the vet for an examination.

  • Itchy, red, and inflamed skin
  • Unusual skin odour or discolouration
  • Licking, chewing, rubbing, or nipping at painful patches of skin
  • The appearance of hot spots, and itchy and moist skin rash
  • Raised bumps, crusts or small blisters on the skin
  • Loss of hair in the affected areas
  • Thickened, calloused skin from itching
  • Head shaking, which usually indicates that the ears are inflamed or sore
  • Discoloured or saliva-stained fur
  • Rough, dull coat
  • Depression
  • Red eyes

To effectively treat your pet’s itchy skin, we recommend consulting with your vet. Your vet will help develop a plan to determine the cause of the itch and may prescribe medication to stop the scratching.