by Michele Carelse on May 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Intense itching and scratching are common conditions that bother both pet and owner. While certain seasons can bring on an allergy, fleas and household products can also cause allergies to strike. Remember that it takes just one flea bite to set off an allergic reaction.
We all know how irritating it can be to have itchy skin or inflamed patches on our bodies. Our poor pets also suffer greatly with fleabites and allergies – and they can’t even tell us that they are in discomfort! Biting, scratching, licking and fussing may be the constant activities of your pet – keeping you up all night. Can we really blame them? After all, they are just trying to do SOMETHING to stop the itching!
Remember too that in hot months, animals molt, making a natural skin and coat tonic essential in any animal care program to keep them looking shiny and healthy.
There are several things that you can do to prevent scratching and maintain overall skin health:
- Feed your pet high quality commercial food or an all-natural diet without preservatives, additives and colorants.
- Avoid making sudden changes to your pet’s diet. Gradually introduce new foods and then monitor what effect they have on your pet.
- Brush your dog or cat’s coat daily to prevent matting and increase circulation. Make sure that pets with long-haired coats are clipped or shaved to make bathing easier.
- Include Omega-3 fatty acid supplements or add sunflower or olive oil to your pet’s diet – helps to reduce itching and inflammation.
- Make sure that your pet’s coat is clean by bathing him when necessary with a soothing shampoo. To relieve cat and dog itching, give him or her an oatmeal or Epson salt bath.
- Use products specifically prescribed for your pet’s skin type and avoid using human and over-the-counter products.
- Avoid exposing your pet to allergens and irritants such as pollen, dust mites, chemicals, household detergents, pesticides or fertilizers.
- Keep your pet’s living area clean by disinfecting regularly.
- Make sure that you use the best possible flea prevention products and make absolutely sure that you use the correct intervals to apply them so that they can work properly. Remember too, that the fleas that we see on our pets are just 5% of the flea population – there are also eggs, larvae and pupae to consider and these are all present in your environment, so that needs to be treated as well. Your vet will be able to advise you on which products to use.
- Give your pets skin the best chance of maintaining skin health by using natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to keep their skin in the best condition, in a gentle and safe manner. Natural remedies will also help to deal with the onslaught of allergies and fleas, calm and soothe the skin, help the body to deal with the allergies and stop your pet’s frantic efforts to alleviate the discomfort.
Skin and Coat Tonic™ Promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats
FleaDerm™ Herbal cream soothes discomfort from flea bites