Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 20 September 2019 2:20 PM
Its spring…YAY ! The dreaded cold weather is almost over! The sun is shining,  the flowers are blooming and the grass is growing high!. But you know what that means………the dreaded pollen and dust that will be floating in the air! Can you feel your hay fever coming along? Are you reaching for the Zyrtec? Did you know just like us dogs and cats can have allergies to spring? Well… not all of spring! Warmer spring days tempt us humans to spend time outside enjoying the sunshine and often taking our dogs too, who absolutely love rolling, and frolicking in the long grass and sniffing the flowers that a hundred other dogs have sniffed before.  But….Just like us, our pets can develop environmental allergies. Although dogs don’t get watery eyes and sneeze a billion times, they instead get terribly itchy.  

Allergic reactions in our furry companions are often characterised by skin problems which is then aggravated by their primary symptoms – itching and scratching. Our furry companions can itch for many reasons and sometimes for no reason at all.  Some scratching is normal but when a dog is continuously licking, scratching, biting and chewing to the point of traumatising the skin, it’s when we need to intervene. Did you know itchy skin is the second most common reason why people take their dogs to the vet? (Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhoea being the number one).

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 13 September 2019 4:17 PM
Although a nice relief from the cold winter weather, spring for our pets often brings with it a side effect of allergies, and annoying insects and parasites. Whether it is a parasite, pain or skin condition, there are many reasons for your dog to scratch or chew itself. Before referring to ‘Dr Google’ and misdiagnosing your dog’s health problem, it is best to seek medical advice from your Veterinary team.



Unfortunately, there is not always an underlying medical reason causing your dog to scratch and chew itself.  Dogs can and do suffer from obsessive compulsive behavioural problems, and this may lead to them scratching and licking to excess. However, more commonly and similar to people...

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