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3 Reasons Your Pet Could Be Itching
August 1, 2023

August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month! Fluffy and Fido’s pretty coats make them super soft and huggable, but they also have some downsides. Pets are susceptible to a slew of things that can make them itchy and uncomfortable. A Bellevue, WA vet lists a few potential reasons your furry buddy could be itching in this article.


Allergies are one of the most common reasons for itching in pets. Though they are more common in dogs, kitties can also be affected. Your four-legged pal could be allergic to a wide variety of substances. With environmental allergies, things like pollen, mold, dust, and dander cause the reaction. Pets can also be allergic to ingredients in their food. This is known as nutritional dermatitis, and may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Certain materials, such as some types of carpet fibers, can also spark reactions. Your pet could even be allergic to their shampoo. If you know or suspect that your furry friend has allergies, you’ll want to make an appointment right away. Tests will be needed to pinpoint exactly what is making your animal companion uncomfortable. 


Fleas are the number one suspect here. Even a single bite can make Fido and Fluffy miserably itchy! A full-blown infestation is not only extremely uncomfortable, it also puts your pet’s health at risk. Ticks may not be as itch-inducing, but they’re still uncomfortable and are very dangerous, due to the diseases they carry. Parasites can also cause mange, which causes serious infections and fur loss. Keep up with your four-legged friend’s parasite prevention! 

Mange can also cause itching in our canine friends. Mange is caused by mites that burrow down into dogs’ skin. It can cause serious infections, and can spread rapidly. 

Skin Problems

There’s almost no end to the types of skin problems that can cause itching in pets. These include yeast infections, dry skin, and fungal infections, such as ringworm, to name a few. Skin problems can also occur as a symptom of another underlying condition. If you spot anything unusual, such as hair loss, hot spots, or lesions, book an appointment for your furry pal immediately. In many cases, the issue can be resolved or at least managed, but a proper diagnosis is needed.

Has your pet been itching lately? Please contact us, your Bellevue, WA animal clinic, today!