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Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic
459 Princes Hwy,
Narre Warren VIC 3805

SKIN DISEASE IN YOUR PET: September & October 2020




After a very unsettled night and several episodes of vomiting the following morning, Harvey’s owners knew that something was amiss.

It's skin month! 
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As the warmth of spring arrives, our pets can become itchy due to skin allergies caused by grasses, pollens and other allergens, such as dust mites, mould, certain types of food, and some insects. Some pets can also have irritated skin as a result of flea infestations.

Signs of allergies

Both dogs and cats can suffer from skin allergies. Dogs may itch, scratch or lick certain areas such as their paws, ears or belly. Cats often over-groom certain areas of their coat causing hair loss.

When the pet itches, scratches or over-grooms, the skin can become traumatised and inflamed, which can then result in secondary skin infections – or dermatitis. Areas of allergic inflammation and dermatitis are not only irritating to the pet, but are painful too – leading to an uncomfortable and unhappy pet.

What to do if you have an itchy pet

If you notice your pet is itching, scratching or has areas of hair-loss, inflammation or irritated skin, it’s important to book them in for a veterinary health check. We’ll examine your pet and discuss what treatment and management options are available to help relieve their itchiness and manage any underlying allergies or skin infection. The sooner we can examine and treat your pet, the sooner their itchiness will be relieved!

It’s also important to ensure your pet is up to date with flea prevention treatment. Speak to one of our friendly team for further advice on which flea product may be best for your pet. We can also provide advice on pet shampoos, low allergy diets and other products which may be of benefit to your pet.

Treating and managing skin allergies early will ensure your pet stays comfortable and happy.

                                          BEE STINGS

The onset of warmer spring weather also brings a burst of flowering plants and trees, which means there are more bees buzzing around. Pets, especially dogs, can come into contact with bees that have fallen to the ground, or from exploring in and amongst the flowering plants in the garden or in bushland.

Signs of a bee sting

Bee stings are not only painful, they can also cause a rapid onset allergic reaction with pain, swelling, and potential lameness or breathing difficulties. Pets will often lick at the site of the bee sting.

There may also be some swelling and tenderness at the sting site, so if the pet allows you to check for it, removing the sting can be useful. A cold compress or ice pack can also help on the sting site, but this can often be difficult to apply if the pet is in pain.

Get your pet to the vet

If your pet becomes lethargic or shows any signs of swelling, especially if the swelling is around their head or face, which may impact their breathing, then it is important to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

We often treat bee stings with an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory or pain relief injections. Some pets can have severe anaphylactic reactions to bee stings, so it’s vital to always get your pet seen by a vet as soon as you can.

To help prevent bee stings, try to keep your pet away from flowering trees and plants, and discourage them from playing with or chasing bees.

For further advice on bee stings in pets, please contact our friendly team.

                           HEALTHY SKIN, HEALTHY PET

The health and shine of your pet’s coat can closely correlate with their general, overall health – so if a pet’s coat looks dull, scruffy or unkempt it can often be an indication of underlying health problems.

Some pets start to shed more hair as the weather warms up, losing their winter coat. The warmer weather can also bring increased incidence of skin allergies and irritation.

Whether it’s areas of hair-loss, a duller coat or skin irritation, if you’ve noticed that your cat or dog’s hair-coat is different to what it may previously have been like, it is worthwhile to have your pet examined by us.

When examining your pet’s skin and coat, we are able to assess whether there may be anything of concern. Skin allergies, hot-spots and other superficial areas of irritation can be treated and managed to ensure your pet’s coat is as healthy as possible.

Sometimes skin problems can develop from the pet over-grooming or under-grooming, so there may be other issues at play. Arthritic cats may be less able to groom their coat well. Anxious dogs may repeatedly lick certain parts of their body. These conditions can often be treated and the vet will explain the options available.

Pets can also suffer from a range of internal metabolic and hormonal conditions, which can impact on the health of their skin and coat. For example, cats with overactive thyroid glands can often have a poor and unkempt hair coat, along with other signs such as weight-loss, despite being hungry.

If we are concerned that a metabolic or hormonal condition may be affecting your pet’s health, we will discuss any diagnostic investigations, such as blood tests, which would be worthwhile to help diagnose any illness.

Keeping a close eye on your pet’s skin and coat is key, as with any changes there may be an indication that your pet is suffering from a skin disease or other internal disease. Book your pet in today for a check-up to find out more.

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Our team have been enjoying Free Dress Fridays - a bit of fun during stage 4 lockdown - doesn't Dr. Jon look comfy! 

If you're visiting on a Friday in the coming weeks, why not join in the fun. Throw on your favourite pair of jeans, or that new dress you've been wanting to wear...or, like some of our nurses - have a PJ Day! 


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