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shampoo twice a week, and treatment
of the underlying allergy may help.
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Compulsive Disorder too.
Itchy Pet Help
It is the season to be itchy, and there are things you can do to help your pet.
The information below is general in nature, and is not designed to replace a vet visit. Flea Control
Even though you may not see a flea, all itchy pets needs awesome flea control.
Our preferred products when we are conduting a "Flea/Insect Hypersensitivity Trial"
- Fortnightly Comfortis OR
- Fortnightly Advantage
The majority of insect allergic pets will show a 70% or greater improvement by the end of the first month, with over 90% showing an improvement by the end of the second month.
If we are performing a sarcoptes mite trial, then we would use Revolution each two weeks for three applications.Shampoo
Overwashing is a common cause of itchy pets, as is using the wrong shampoo for your pet's skin type.
More expensive doesn't always mean better, but it is true that a good shampoo is money well spent.For dry looking skin or those that have red dots (not pustules but look like insect bites)
- Choose an oatmeal based shampoo, followed by a Oatmeal based "leave in conditioner"
My choice is PAW Nutriderm Shampoo and Conditioner OR Troy Oativeen Shampoo and ConditionerFor smelly, greasy skin -
Choose an antifungal keratolytic type shampoo
The problem is many dogs and cats need a cytology test to confirm that this is the right type of shampoo for them. Some pets benefit from systemic antifungal tablets, aswell as other measures to treat the greasiness.
Your options include Dermcare Malaseb shampoo, followed by Dermcare Pyohex conditioner or PAW Mediderm Shampoo followed by PAW Nutriderm conditionerFor skin with pustules, large red infected looking areas -
Choose an antibacterial only shampoo
The problem is many dogs and cats need a cytology test to confirm that this is the right type of shampoo for them. Some pets benefit from systemic antibiotics.
Your options include Dermcare Pyohex shampoo, followed by Dermcare Pyohex conditioner or PAW Mediderm Shampoo followed by PAW Nutriderm conditioner
Please avoid most of the supermarket branded medicated shampoos. They are only suitable for dogs and cats with normal skin, not those with skin problems.Soothing Lotions
There are a couple "over the counter" from the chemist lotions you could try, but make sure your pet does not lick these. The veterinary branded ones are "lick safe", in general.Paw Paw Cream
- is useful for small irritated spotsHydrozole Cream Or 0.5% hydrocortisone cream
- is useful for those infected ear tips and armpit/groin type dermatitis PAW Manuka Honey
- is useful for open non healing sores, such as dog bite wounds and deeply infected hot spots.
The majority of itchy pets benefit from a vet visit, as we will perform skin cytology tests (to look for yeasts, bacteria), skin scrapings (to look for mites and lice), and make any other recommendation as needed to nut out why your pet is itchy.
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