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WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF YOUR PET'S ITCH?

Scratching or licking, scaly skin, thinning hair, ear problems and other skin-related issues can be the result of anything from flea bites and common allergens to food sensitivities.

Here are the most common causes affecting cats and dogs: 

FLEA ALLERGY
The number one cause of allergy-related skin problems in dogs and cats is flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), which is caused by flea bites.

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AIRBORNE ALLERGY OR ATOPY
Dogs’ and cats’ immune systems can overreact to a wide variety of inhaled allergens like pollen, dust, mites and mold

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FOOD ALLERGY
Dogs and cats can develop hypersensitivity to foods like dairy, beef, wheat gluten, chicken, lamb and soy products.

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CONTACT ALLERGIES
Contact allergies arise when dogs and cats become oversensitive to allergens that come in contact with their skin, such as carpet, fibers, grasses, lawn pesticides and chemicals used in flea collars.

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IS YOUR PET'S ITCHINESS A SKIN DISORDER?

Recognize the signs for your dog:
• Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching
• Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
• Foot chewing
• Hair loss
• Recurrent ear problems
• Changes in the skin, such as sores or darkened color
• Redness of the skin
• Body odor
Cats suffer from skin issues, but the symptoms are not as obvious as in dogs. They are also very good at hiding illness, discomfort or pain. 

Talk to your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual on your cat’s skin, including any hair loss or thinning. Even if your cat’s skin seems normal, it’s best to have your pet examined by her doctor if she is scratching, licking or biting herself.


 

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