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Why Does My Pet Continue to Itch and Scratch Despite Diet Changes and Medication?


Dear VetBabble: Concerns on Persistent Itching and Scratching Despite Medication and Diet Changes

We’ve received several inquiries from worried pet owners regarding their fur babies incessantly scratching and itching, despite having changed their pet’s diet and even after trying veterinarian-prescribed medication. A common worry expressed is that the scratching doesn’t seem to abate making them wonder if it’s time to consider allergy testing. They’re also curious to know about the costs, the process involved, and the waiting period, especially for those residing in the UK.

A Deeper Look into Persistent Itching and Scratching

The first thing to understand is that persistent itching can be quite a complex issue because of the multitude of potential causes and contributing factors. From parasites like mites, fleas, and ticks to more complex issues like allergies to food or the environment, discovering the exact cause can be a bit of a puzzle. It’s important to note that some pets suffer from allergies, which can present as scratching, itching, and even gastrointestinal symptoms. I’d highly recommend checking out the article on Dog Allergies for a more comprehensive understanding.

Food Allergies – An Underlying Cause?

In many situations, food allergies could be the culprit behind the persistent scratching and itching. Food allergies can cause various symptoms, including skin problems and upset stomachs. Experimenting with diet changes can indeed help determine if your pet is suffering from food allergies. But, it may require several weeks to months of strict diet regulation to confirm these suspicions. Remember, giving your pet a treat that’s outside of their diet can potentially confuse this process. For further information on Pet Food Allergies – Symptoms and Treatments, do visit this informative article which offers a detailed discussion on the subject.

Scratching and the Role of Allergy Testing

If your pet is still incessantly scratching after dietary changes and medication, it may be time to consider allergy testing, which could be either through blood tests or skin testing. These tests help identify a wide array of potential allergens, such as specific foods, pollens, grass, dust, and more. Conducting an allergy test enables your vet to determine the most appropriate treatment or medication for your pet. However, the process can be costly. Furthermore, the waiting period for results can vary. In the UK, it typically takes about 4-6 weeks. Read more about cat allergies by visiting this useful resource.

While you wait for the allergy testing, some practical and simple tips can help provide temporary comfort to your itchy dogs. Check out Simple Tips for Itchy Dogs for useful advice and practices to help soothe your itchy pet.

To sum up, persistent scratching and itching in pets can be frustrating, both for your pet and for you as the owner. It can be a complex issue, with a myriad of potential causes. It’s critical to remember that while dietary changes and medications can help, there are cases where allergy testing becomes necessary to find the right solution. Always remember to have open discussions with your vet about all available options for your beloved pet’s well-being.

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