SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— It might be a tough call when it comes to normal itchiness and the kind that requires treatment in terms of your pet, but the SF SPCA has some tips on when you should seek help.
Itchiness is common in humans and pets, but Dr. Jennifer Scarlett co-president of the San Francisco SPCA said when you start to see hair loss, redness or sores, or in the event your pet is waking up in the middle of the night, then it’s probably time to start seeking help.
Typically pet owners assume that their pets’ scratching is because of fleas, but there are other causes. That’s not to say you should discount fleas, as they tend to be the culprit. In the Bay Area I find that we are in denial of our flea problem.
Other common reasons for cats and dogs to be itchy are allergies or an allergic reaction, hives or urticaria. There can also be internal problems that can cause scratching or itching.