Itching and Scratching

Itching is a common clinical sign of many skin disorders. It is often accompanied by red, inflamed areas of skin and may lead to skin infection called Pyoderma.

What causes scratching?
Skin disease is one of the most common reasons dog owners seek veterinary care. Common causes include:

  • Fleas
  • Demodex (mange, Mites)
  • Contact allergies caused by bedding or plants such as Wandering Jew
  • Atopy (generalised allergy)
  • Food allergy
  • Bacterial (Staphylococcus)
  • Fungal (Ringworm and Malassezia)


How can the problems be treated?
Treatment is aimed at relieving the signs and eliminating the underlying cause. The skin is a very large organ with a very poor blood supply, therefore many skin conditions respond best to topical medication. In order to diagnose the specific cause of itching in your pet, several tests and treatments may be necessary. In some cases this process may take weeks to months. Some pets may require lifelong treatment for their condition.

Please do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian with any further queries or concerns. 

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Jacobs Well Veterinary Surgery 
"Where your pets are treated like the people they are".
Unit 3/1149 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Road, Jacobs Well QLD 4209
07 5546 1411 All Hours

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