My Dog Is Itchy. Can the Veterinarian Prescribe or Suggest Something Over the Phone?

Unfortunately, there is nothing the veterinarian can suggest or prescribe over the phone for itchy skin.  There are a number of things that can contribute to Pruritus, or itchy skin, in pets and consequently, it can take some time to properly diagnosis.  Flea allergies, food allergies, skin disease, and environmental allergies can all contribute to itchy skin in pets and diagnosing the exact source of the irritation in your pet is typically a process of elimination.  If your pet is suffering from itchy skin and it is driving both you and your pet nuts, the best first step is to make an appointment for your pet to visit the vet.  The doctor will examine your pet to determine if any easily treated skin diseases may be the source of his or her discomfort.  Once that is ruled out, the doctor will discuss a plan with you to begin ruling out the source of your pet’s allergy.  It may be frustrating in the short term, but it’s best to carefully follow the veterinarian’s treatment plan and provide good feedback to the doctor.  Once the allergy is identified, diet changes, lifestyle changes or medications can usually provide the relief you and your pet seek.

 

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