Has your pet been scratching more than usual? If so, they are not alone. Being a veterinary clinic in Tampa, we see a lot of these cases over the year but this time of year is prime-time. There are many different causes of pruritis (itchiness) in our pets but allergies surely lead the list. Below, we will give you some basic information about the things that will make your pet itch.
First, external parasites. Fleas, mites, and lice can make your pets begin to itch excessively. Tampa is one of the flea capitols of the country so staying on a monthly preventative is extremely important. (Some of these monthly preventatives will also treat some of the mites.) To help differentiate which of these can be causing the problem, an exam with a veterinarian is necessary. We can help determine which of these critters may be the cause and come up with an appropriate treatment plan.
Second, allergies can cause your pet to itch. Our animal clinic in Tampa has been seeing a rise of allergies over the past month. Here, oaks are blamed a lot but there are many different things that your pet can be allergic to including the saliva from a flea bite. The three main things that cause allergies in our dogs and cats are fleas, atopy (grass and pollen allergies), and food allergies. Once again, an exam from your veterinarian can help sort out which of these can be the cause of your pet’s itching. Allergy testing can be performed in order to specify exactly what is the culprit and a custom desensitization vaccine produced if it is from atopy or specific foods selected with limited ingredients if food allergy is suspected.
Third, metabolic disease may be a factor in your dogs of cats skin disease. The two main ones being Cushing’s (overactive adrenal gland) and thyroid disease. Both of these can be tested for and treated with great success rates.
Many times, there are secondary skin infections associated with these allergies and our veterinarians will treat with antibiotics while diagnosing the underlying allergy. Treatment options for the allergy can include antihistamines, steroids, custom allergy vaccinations and special diets. Our veterinary team is well versed in these allergic skin diseases and can help your pet get the relief from allergies that it deserves.
If you have any questions about pet allergies in, you can contact our veterinary hospital in Tampa at 813-289-3925. For more information about skin conditions, visit https://beachparkanimalclinic.com/services/dermatology-skin/