Your pet rolling on the grass or rubbing their face is normal but when the rubbing is excessive and/or causes inflammation of the skin it can be a sign of itch! Any type of itching can cause trauma to the skin and lead 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 rubbing is important. Observe what areas your pet rubs and the time of day- these can be important clues. Facial rubbing can be seen with environmental or food allergies; rubbing of the ears can indicate an ear infection. Many pets itch more at night in association with their allergies. Listed below are common causes of rubbing/itching
- Environmental allergies (Atopic Dermatitis)
- Flea allergy
- Food allergy
- Bacterial infection (Pyoderma) or Yeast infection (Malassezia dermatitis)
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