Sensitive skin causes pets to scratch which traumatises the skin. Secondary bacterial or fungal infections may develop as a result which makes the condition more serious.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT MY PET HAS SENSITIVE SKIN OR ALLERGIES?
- Dry flakey skin
- Excessive scratching, licking or rubbing
- Excessive shedding
- Hair loss or bald patches
- Rashes, lumps or bumps
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Check for pests. Examine your pets coat and skin thoroughly for the presence of ticks, fleas, lice or other parasites. If you spot any, ask your vet for advice and follow the appropriate treatment.
Consider allergies. If your pet is pest-free and otherwise healthy, the discomfort may be caused by an allergic reaction to something in its environment, such as pollen, dust or mold. Allergic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that results in licking, scratching, loss of fur and dry, flaky skin.
Talk to your vet. Skin conditions can have a wide range of causes – from parasites to allergies, from hormonal imbalances to bacterial infections, stress and more. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about your pets individual health and treatment options.
Feed your pet well. Even if the cause of their skin condition is not dietary, many pets can be helped with a high quality food formulated especially for skin sensitivity. Look for one containing high quality protein, essential fatty acids and antioxidants – all are important nutrients that can help protect your pets skin.