Allergies are the main cause of skin disturbances in our pets today. They are very common in all breeds of dogs with different lifestyles, mostly due to environmental allergens, but can also result from food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. The most common symptoms associated with allergies are itching of the skin including ears, licking at paws, hair loss and red raised crusty zones.
Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of a flea bite while a flea-allergic cat, has a severe, itch-producing reaction. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.
If your pet shows any of these symptoms it is important to have him or her examined by the vet. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become a serious medical concern.