What is Itchy Skin?
An itchy skin and coat is one of the most common health problems in pets. It causes your pet much discomfort and as a result he will try to soothe himself by scratching, biting and chewing at his skin.
As soon as you notice a change in the appearance of your dog or cat’s skin and coat, consult your vet immediately.
What Causes Itchy Skin?
Itching occurs when a chemical reaction in the skin stimulates the nerves and sends a signal to the brain where the itch is felt.
As a result hair loss, inflammation, skin lesions, pain and constant licking of the paws occur.
Itchy skin is often a symptom of skin conditions such as allergies, hot spots, Seborrhea, skin parasites and yeast and bacterial infections. When left untreated, serious infection can develop and spread to other areas of the skin.
Diagnosing Itchy Skin
Certain diagnostic tests such as skin scrapings, fungal cultures and skin biopsy may be performed to determine the cause of the itchiness. Common treatments for itchy skin include soothing shampoos and leave-in conditioners, anti-itch creams, lotions or cooling salves.
Antihistamines, antibiotics, dietary supplements, corticosteroids and immunotherapy can also provide symptomatic relief. Sometimes, making certain changes to your pet’s diet, bathing him in oatmeal and brushing his coat daily can also alleviate itchiness.
Help for Itchy Skin
Natural and holistic remedies have proven to be highly effective in relieving itchy skin in both humans and animals. Herbs, homeopathic ingredients and biochemic salts are safe and gentle to use on the body without unwanted side effects.
A combination of carefully selected herbs and biochemic salts such as Equisetum arvense (Horsetail), Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion), Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina) and Kalium sulphate promote a healthy skin and glossy coat and strengthens the immune system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Arum triph, Viola tri, Comocladia, Chamomilla and Cina provides symptomatic relief for itchiness, scratching, redness and burning of the skin and maintains skin health and functioning .
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Tips to prevent and manage itchy skin
There are several things that you can do to prevent cat and dog scratching and maintain their overall skin health:
- Feed your pet high quality commercial food or an all natural diet without preservatives, additives and colorants
- Avoid making sudden changes to your pet’s diet. Gradually introduce new foods and then monitor what effect they have on your pet
- Include omega-3 fatty acid supplements or add sunflower or olive oil to your pet’s diet – helps to reduce itching and inflammation
- Make sure that your pet’s coat is clean by bathing him when necessary with a soothing shampoo
- To relieve cat and dog itching use oatmeal or Epson salt bath baths
- Use products specifically prescribed for your pet’s skin type and avoid using human and over-the-counter products
- Make sure that pets with long haired coats are clipped or shaved to make bathing easier
- Brush your dog or cat’s coat daily to prevent matting and increase circulation
- Avoid exposing your pet to allergens and irritants such as pollen, dust mites, chemicals, household detergents, pesticides or fertilizers
- Use a flea repellent recommended by your vet to keep fleas and ticks under control
- Keep your pet’s living clean by disinfecting regularly