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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently
Asked
Questions

Behavior

Cat

Danger Foods

Dentistry

Dog

Fleas

Poop

Rabbit

Tortoise

 

WHY DOES MY PET ITCH?

Allergies are a common cause of itching. There is no cure for allergies. Just like with people, there is only control. It only takes one flea bite (just like you itch with only 1 mosquito bite) to cause itching in an animal that is allergic. We recommend only Vectra for fleas. In dogs, it also protects against mosquitoes (preventing West Nile Virus) and ticks.

Flea control is essential to controlling allergies. Animals can also be allergic to grass and pollen. While there can be a food allergy, that is much less common. Try to control allergies without steroids when possible. Sometimes, when animals are miserable, a short course of steroids is needed to prevent severe trauma to the skin.

Often chronic ear infections are related to allergies. Other causes of itching can be mange mite which are contagious to people. Your vet should be committed to insuring your pet stays comfortable even in the worst part of the allergy season.

SCOOTING

Many people still think that animals that scoot their bottom on the floor means they have worms. That is not the case. Most animals scoot because their anal glands are full and they feel pressure. Anal glands are located inside the anal opening. They are small sacs that store a foul smelling material. Each time an animal has a bowel movement, a small amount of material is released.  Some animals produce so much material, the gland begins to swell.  

If the anal glands are not properly emptied, the gland can rupture and become infected. This is very painful. The proper technique for emptying anal glands is not easy to learn. Call a vet for an appointment to ensure your pet has properly empty the anal glands and prevent anal gland abscesses.

 

 

 

Dr. Boge closed the Narbonne Animal Clinic after 28 years. Thank you for your dedication and loyalty.