As with humans, some dogs and cats will be more inclined to suffer from skin allergies. This issue is quite common and can be very irritating for the pet, with constant licking and scratching resulting in redness or broken skin and hair loss in the area. Secondary infections can then result which adds to the discomfort for your pet.
Skin allergies can be difficult to treat, as finding the underlying cause of the irritation is the key to successful treatment. In general, treatment is often required on an ongoing basis to successfully manage the underlying cause.
The most common form of allergy causes we see are:
- Flea allergy
- Insect bites
- Environmental allergies (contact with grasses or certain plants)
If a skin irritation has been present for more than a week, and your pet is licking or scratching the area, then it would be best to come in and work with a vet to get to the bottom of the issue.