Scratching is what most people associate with pet itch! As with itching in people- a little is ok, a lot is not! Excess scratching (or any type of itching) causes trauma to the skin and further increases inflammation. This commonly leads to secondary infection (bacteria & yeast overgrowth) on the skin’s surface. Secondary infection also worsens inflammation and itching leading to a type of type of vicious circle.
The pattern of scratching is important. Observe what areas your pet scratches (face, ears, sides, elbow, underarms?) and what time of day it occurs. See if you can observe any association with going outside or exposure to certain foods. All of these details can be important. Listed below are common causes of scratching/itching.
- Environmental allergies (Atopic Dermatitis)
- Flea allergy
- Food allergy
- Bacterial infection (Pyoderma) or Yeast infection (Malassezia dermatitis)
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