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Why Do Pets Itch So Much And Whats The Best Remedies



“Itchy skin” is one of the most common problems of dogs and cats. While there are many causes, it is always an inflammatory response to some stimulus. Once the inflammation starts, the skin is susceptible to secondary bacterial and yeast infections that make things a lot worse. Many pets with Itchy skin spend years on and off a rollercoaster of antibiotics, antifungals and steroids in an attempt to control the condition. These medications can help but can also have short term and long term adverse effects. The best strategy is to eliminate the cause. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Allergies to fleas, food ingredients, and inhaled allergens such as pollens are the most common causes. Fortunately, one cause we can usually eliminate is fleas.

The widely available products Frontline and Advantage are very effective in flea prevention and eradication if used properly and consistently. While other “spot on” products exist, I find they are usually not very effective and are certainly more toxic to mammals. Collars, sprays, and powders are not very helpful, and most other methods are equally ineffective. I have also found the oral flea preventatives Comfortis and Trifexis to be the most reliable of all the products currently available. Many people try Natural products such as garlic, brewer’s yeast, rare earth, and more. I find these products to be ineffective. The Pets these products “work” on are usually not encountering fleas, or they are naturally resistant individuals.

One major cause of itchy skin is inhaled dermatitis. Like “hay fever” in humans, common allergic dermatitis is caused by the immune system’s adverse reaction to allergens such as pollen, molds, grasses and dust (to name a few). The best solution is to remove the allergen from your pet’s environment. Since this is often impossible we need to control or limit the body’s response to the insult. Proper diet and supplements can help the body respond naturally and help modulate the immune system. Keeping the digestive tract healthy with probiotics, live enzymes, and proper omega essential fatty acids, as well as vitamin supplements and micronutrients, can sharply reduce the bodies overwrought allergic response.

Most pets are allergic to several things. Once inflammation starts, it multiplies throughout the body causing many changes in all systems. The skin undergoes structural changes which reduce its ability to serve as an effective barrier against bacteria and yeast that normally live on its surface. Infections develop which make the problem much worse. We must treat these infections before we can address the underlying allergy. Diet therapy and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine can often help in the control of allergies. Feeding a wholesome healthy diet that is not heavily processed is an essential part of treating allergies in cats and dogs. Regular bathing with medicated shampoos are another powerful therapy. Allergy testing and desensitization injections can also be very helpful. In fact this holds the most promise for long term relief with the fewest potential side effects. Designing an individually integrated program that treats your pets entire body at the most basic level is the gateway to relief.

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Some pets have widespread allergies to fleas, grasses, dust, and food ingredients all combined. It can be very difficult to give these pets relief. As with all allergies, finding and eliminating the cause is the ideal plan of action. This can be extremely difficult in many cases. Treatment is often like “peeling an onion” the outermost layers of the problem must be addressed methodically and it can take a long time to get to the central problem. Food allergies are difficult to diagnose. Often it requires one or more diet changes and assessment of the response. Does the pet get better on the new diet? If so, then we need to reintroduce the old diet to confirm it was indeed the food and not some other factor such as a change in seasons that stopped the itch.

The Bottom Line


Most pets eat some kind of dry food kibble. Kibble is highly processed and there are lots of fillers and additives that are used to physically make the kibble nugget. These are not included in the ingredients list and are often a problem for pets. Simply changing from one kibble to another will not help pets that can’t tolerate these processed foods. The protein and carbohydrate source in the food are often the main problem. Many commercially available pet foods contain multiple protein and carbohydrate sources. This makes it difficult to isolate the source of the allergy.

Cats have a relatively high intolerance for grains. They are not part of the natural feline diet and should not be fed to cats. Allergies occur when the body mounts an immune response to a substance it encounters. The body can only have an allergic response to something it has encountered before. This is why novel protein diets the pet has never eaten before are preferred for diet trials. A diet trial must be undertaken with strict protocols to be diagnostic. Randomly changing diets and hoping for the new one to help is generally a waste of time and money. Your veterinarian is your best tool for diagnosing and controlling food allergies and itchy skin in general.

Introduction To Pet Medicine


Just like when you or any family member is sick, when you find that you have a sick pet, medicine is what you’ll have to give your ill pet. Your pet is just as much a family member like anyone else, especially if they have been with you through your good days and bad. Some pets might be childhood friends who are now in their old age. Pets need medicine as well, so you’ll need to attend to their needs when they fall sick.

It’s easy enough to pick up a pet at the pet store and think glibly that you will care for it, then forget all about it as time goes by, but that isn’t being fair to your pet. It too should expect to be cared for and looked after well into its old age just as you would an elder relative. There’ll also be special pet medicine that you will need to get for your pet when he becomes sick.

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Animals are prone to the same diseases and illness that we are. Not the same, but more of the pet version, which is why they need pet medicine. So don’t feed your human medicine to your pet, as this could be tragic. If you’re interested in administering to domestic animals, however, you could, of course, become a veterinarian. These admirable people are the doctors of the pet world and will know exactly what pet medicine to give to your pet when the need arises. If you feel the calling in your body to look after animals and care for them, then this could be the path you were looking for.

This could unlock your hidden ability and set you on the road to a great career. That is of course only if you enjoy being with pets. If not then this job is not for you. However, if you have a pet, you’ll still need to be able to give your pet the prescribed pet medicine.

Look after your pet with excellent care. You’ll never find the same lifelong love and devotion from anyone else that you would from a loyal pet. One pet is worth a hundred people who will only stand by you in the best of times. So remember that your pets need medicine too, just as we do and give them the pet medicine they require.

Pet Turtles What to prepare yourself for

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You’ve heard of people who have pet dogs, pet cats, and individuals who also have pet birds. You might even find that you’ve either heard of, or know of, people who have pet spiders, iguanas, and pet snakes. But have you heard of people who have pet turtles?

You might have, and be wondering what’s so strange in that after all, your graduate school roommate had a pet ferret. Then there was that guy who had a pet frog. None of these are strange in and of themselves because different people are drawn to different things, but I still found it odd when I heard that some people had pet turtles.

I was delighted and went down to my pet store to know what made these turtles so fascinating. Nothing. The one that I saw did absolutely nothing for the twenty minutes that I spent looking at it. A pet store employee came over to me and asked me if there was anything that I needed. I smiled and told him I was just browsing. I certainly didn’t want one of those!

The employee moved closer and asked again if I needed anything. He probably was wondering what I had been doing for twenty minutes in the pet store gazing at a turtle if I didn’t want anything. The light finally dawned on me, and I lifted my head from my intense gazing of the pet turtles in their display cabinets and gave the employee a smile.

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Telling him the reason that had led me here in the first place, I waited for him to give a look of superiority which would firmly put me in my place, but I was to be gregariously surprised. The employee gave me a smile and told me quite frankly that at first, he hadn’t been able to comprehend either why people wanted pet turtles.

Then he took me over to a side case that wasn’t as visible to the whole room and implied that I should bend down, which I gracefully did. Imagine my amazement when I was confronted by a large confined area in which there was a big turtle. This turtle, as the clerk told me, had been abandoned after its owner had passed away a short while ago. The family had brought it over here because they knew the owner and knew that he could be trusted to take care of it.

This was why people bought pet turtles. The majesty of the turtle awed me, and I was speechless. This fellow had been around for a lot longer than even I had been. I now understood the reason that made people buy pet turtles. There was nothing in a dog or cat, to beat the turtle.

We Discuss General Pet Health Questions


If you own a pet, then you’ll probably have many pet health questions. These can range from a simple, “how do I know if my cat is ill?” to a more complicated “what can I do for my dog who has cancer?” All these pet health questions and more can be answered by your veterinarian or even the important people down at the pet store.

Another good source for you to use to ask these pet health questions is the internet. Here you can find online vet websites which can help you in answering most of your pet health questions. You can ask any question that you need to know the answer to and be assured of getting a reliable answer.

You can even find other people who have gone through the same problems that you’re working through now, with their pets. These people might have found different ways of dealing with the same problem you have now, or maybe they could tell you how to intensify your present method. Whatever the case, you can be assured of at least some help from this tremendous resource, and it’s one of the best places to find information on your many pet health questions.

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Then again if you have no idea how to get online and would rather do things the old-fashioned way, you can always go down to your veterinary inpatient clinic and find answers to your pet health questions. The staff should all be able to help you, and you should be able to get reliable answers to all your pet health questions.

Another resource that you have is the library. This also works very well in your favor, but you will need to find the correct reference section. The information that you can gather at the library is vast, and it might be time-consuming, you can get most of your pet health questions answered.

This is also a good place where you can check out some books on pet health which you want to buy. Afterward it will be a simple matter for you to go to the bookstore and buy your reference guide to your pet health questions and keep it in your home.

If you’re a conscientious pet owner, then most of the time you will have a few pet health issues. This is good as it shows that you care for your pet and only want the best for it. So ask as many questions as you like, to make sure you give your pet the best care possible.



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