Doctors Treatment Options
To help your vet with diagnosis, come to the table prepared with answers to questions they will most likely ask. Your knowledge of the pet and symptoms go a long way to help diagnosis and treat the problem and get the animal on the road to recovery. Some questions you might hear are;
- When did you first notice this and how long has it been going on?
- Do they pay attention to certain parts of their body more? If so, which ones?
- Is this change in behavior seasonal?
- How long do the itching fits last? Do they seem to be getting more frequent?
- Does it happen more often in certain areas of the home? Does it happen when they come back from outdoor play or walk sessions?
- Has anything in their environment changed? Food, cleaning products, shampoos or detergents?
- Have you treated for fleas on a regular basis?
- Does the itch interrupt the pets normal activities or routines? Do they see “off” or depressed? Has their mood changed?
Once your pets healthcare provider has done a full workup and has a diagnosis, they will likely prescribe one of two paths for treatment. They may opt to prescribe antihistamines, steroids, or a daily pill to treat the symptoms over a prolonged period. The other option is an injection that works to block urges to scratch and lick. This allows the irritation, rash, and redness to heal fully. Obviously, the diagnosis and other factors will go into a treatment plan that you can discuss with your wellness veterinarian.
Keep in mind that we are looking at only the most common reasons for the itch and irritation. There are other health issues that could lead to the need to scratch, lick or bite. Only a trip to the vet for a full checkup can get to the root of the cause and a well thought out plan for recovery.
It’s simple, if your fur buddy suddenly seems off, and shows signs of excessive scratching, biting, and licking themselves, there is reason to be concerned. But WHAT is excessive or too much? A good rule of thumb is to honestly answer the questions, “Are they damaging themselves?”, “Do I see the signs of skin irritation, bumps, or acute redness?”, and most importantly “Has this become intrusive in their life and have they changed?” An honest review and response to these key questions can lead you to decide what path is right for the individual situation.
That’s all for today’s deep dive into our response to Itchy Pet Awareness Month. This isn’t anything to scratch your head over, just look for the signs and take action when needed! Getting your fur kids back to their normal and happy selves should be reason enough to act.
Remember, the end of summer is coming fast, and with Labor Day comes another round of fireworks. Start now to prepare a plan on how your will protect your pets from the fear, reactions, and trauma that can accompany fireworks around your home. More pets run, escape, and are lost during nights of fireworks celebrations than any other time of the year. Prepare now and protect your pets. They are counting on you to act for them!
From our crew here at Fred Central, we wish you the happiness, fun, and good health in the week ahead. Until we meet again for our next Dog Blog we remind you to be safe, enjoy each others company, and above all be Pet Friendly… #FreddieSez!
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