Itchy skin is a common but uncomfortable condition for your pet. Your pet could be scratching for various reasons, including fleas, stress, or a food allergy. Although most cases of itchy skin aren't severe, they can lead to injury or infection if not cared for properly. Having a pet with itchy skin is also uncomfortable for the owners, causing stress and more expenses. At the Montrose Veterinary Clinic in Houston, TX, we can help you figure out why your pet has itchy skin and provide the necessary treatment.
The First Step When You Notice Your Pet Itching
The first step to getting your pet feeling better is calling our office and making an appointment with our veterinarian. Our veterinarian will ask some general questions during the diagnostic exam to gather information about your pet’s condition. We will also need to know how long it has been happening and if you've noticed any other symptoms. As our veterinarian listens to your concerns, we will assess the general health of your pet. We may decide to do some tests such as skin scraping or blood panels to help us pinpoint the root cause of your pet’s itchy skin.
Common Conditions Diagnosed by Our Veterinarian
The treatment plan for your pet is based on the itching cause, and it will be explained to you in detail by our vet. The most common causes of itchy skin in pets include:
- Fleas or mites
- Environmental dermatitis
- Nutritional dermatitis
Soothing Itchy Skin
The treatment options we provide are non-invasive, but you may need to make some changes at home for them to be effective. Switching foods could be necessary, and our veterinarian will help you plan to avoid the allergens that are causing discomfort in your pet.
Keeping Your Pet Happy at Home
Although avoiding an itch in the first place is always best, there are many products available to soothe your pet's itchy skin when a flare-up does happen. For example, colloidal oatmeal has been used for years to ease itchy skin. Ask our staff about the best products for your pet.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Houston, TX
We want to keep your pet as healthy as possible so they can spend their days enjoying life with you. If your pet is showing signs of itchy skin, contact the Montrose Vet Clinic in Houston today. Call us at (713) 524-3814 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.