If your pet is scratching, licking its skin, or chewing its paws it could have an allergic skin condition.
Over a third of people suffer from allergies. But did you know that allergies also affect 1 in 10 of our pets?
Pet owners say they wouldn’t recognise the signs of allergic skin disease in their pet.
Most common causes of your pet’s discomfort
There are a number of possible causes for your pet’s irritation. That’s why it’s essential to work with your vet to get to the root of the problem, and treat it effectively.
Allergic skin disease
Your pet may be allergic to environmental substances, such as house dust mites, pollen and mould spores. This is a lifelong condition that can be controlled but not cured outright.
Your pet may be allergic to one or more ingredients in the diet.
Fleas or mites may be causing the constant itch and irritation to your pet.
Skin and/or ear infections
Your pet’s skin or ears may be infected with bacteria or yeast.
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If your pet is showing any of the signs listed above the best thing is to book an appointment with your vet so a full investigation can take place.
It’s not going to be an overnight result.
Some patience is needed when investigating a potential skin condition in pets. Reaching an accurate diagnosis may take a few weeks. In some cases, the treatment may be long term or even lifelong, and your pet will require regular rechecks by your vet.
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