The three main reasons why your cat or dog may have itchy skin are parasites (e.g. fleas, mange), infection (e.g. bacteria or yeast) and allergies (pollens, food and house dust).
Cat and dog food intolerances and allergies are caused by certain proteins such as wheat gluten or meat (beef is a common culprit). Food intolerances indicate an imbalanced and overreactive immune system.
Dog and cat allergies are as common as in humans.
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What the nutritionist says
“If a food allergy is suspected, then think about putting your pet onto a hypoallergenic diet or even better still, a natural raw diet (BARF). At the same time the immune system must be supported so gut immunity must be addressed. Probiotics, gut healing elements such as slippery elm and amino acids help do this and certain immune supporting herbs. Do not feed your pet treats or rawhide. Low allergy meats are venison, rabbit and turkey and once food culprits are established rotating foods is key. If you can, buy free-range or even better, organic foods.”
What the vet says
“Seek advice from your vet as they will be able to work through the three causes to tell you why your pet is scratching or licking excessively. Do not underestimate the distress that itchy skin can cause.”
• Use stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls.
• Avoid junk food or very rich scraps and treats.
• Clean filtered water if possible, to cleanse the body and avoid dehydration.
• Minimise flea treatments and use natural alternatives where possible.