Here is Tania’s dog Gin ‘enjoying’ his Sunday morning bath. Gin suffers from a condition called Atopic Dermatitis which means he suffers from skin conditions all year round and so has to be on medication and frequent baths to stop him from being bald and itchy!
He has been especially itchy this year-likely because of the increased pollen load.
We are seeing lots of itchy pets at the surgery at the moment and it can really make them quite miserable.
Many clients (and dogs) get frustrated when their dog keeps scratching. Why does it keep happening? Is there a magic injection to make it go away?
Very broadly speaking there are 3 types of problems that might be present.
This is a bit of an oversimplification but most cases will have one of these as the underlying ‘driver’ of the itch. Some unlucky dogs have combinations of all three at the same time! These are the really challenging cases.
There are a number of medications/supplements/shampoos that can be used to help alleviate sore or itchy skin-these can help prevent the skin from becoming secondarily infected and requiring more treatment.
If you are worried about your pet’s skin then please make an appointment to see one of our vets.