Why Is My Pet So Itchy?

Why Is My Pet So Itchy?

It’s upsetting to watch your pet scratch a lot. You feel bad for your pet, there is more fur in the house to clean up… the scratching may even prevent you from sleeping! To make your pet feel better, we have to figure out what is causing your pet to itch.  ...
Environmental Allergies (Atopy)

Environmental Allergies (Atopy)

An allergy to an environmental substance is called atopy.  Atopic cats and dogs usually have itchy paws, face, armpits and/or bellies.   How is Atopic Dermatitis Diagnosed In My Pet?   Atopy is diagnosed by excluding all other causes of itch (see our Itchy Pet handout...
Food Allergies

Food Allergies

If your dog or cat is itchy and we have ruled out parasitic and infectious causes (see our Itchy Pet handout which discusses parasites and infection in more detail), he or she may have a food allergy.   What Causes Food Allergies In Dogs and Cats?   A food allergy...
Pet Food Label Myths Debunked

Pet Food Label Myths Debunked

  Myth #1: By-products are poor quality ingredients   A by-product is any ingredient that is produced or left over when some other product is made. Broths and gelatin are examples of by-products. In pet foods, by-products come from “clean” animal parts such as liver,...
Feline Hyperthyroidism

Feline Hyperthyroidism

Written by Dr. Lyndsay Baxter What is Hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism occurs when thyroid glands produce too much hormone.  The issue is usually caused by an enlargement of one, or both, thyroid glands.  Typically the enlargement is benign, but can sometimes become...