Posts Tagged: Pet Care
Without a doubt, pet vaccinations are good for the animals in our care. Not only do they positively affect longevity, they also reduce risks associated with contagious, even life-threatening, diseases. Various conditions spread by parasites and other animals can drastically alter your pet’s health and wellness – but not if we can help it.
While symptoms vary between the species, seasonal allergies affect people and pets. While we’re mostly bothered by runny noses or watery eyes, pet allergies pop up as skin rashes and intense scratching. Indeed, there are scores of pet owners out there who are well acquainted with the misery of an itchy pet. Before you can truly battle this formidable foe, however, it’s important to understand what causes pet allergies.
What’s That Bug?
Fleas are a big culprit behind pet allergies. In fact, flea saliva is responsible for an intensely itchy allergic response. In addition to various diseases spread by parasites like fleas, maintaining parasite prevention is a comprehensive approach to combating flea allergic dermatitis. Without year-round prevention, it’s not possible to rule out a flea allergy when allergic reactions flare up.
Pet grooming is about so much more than having a clean pet. Although our pets surely enjoy the extra snuggles they receive when they look and smell their best, regular brushing, bathing, and nail trims can also have a positive impact on their health and wellness.
Skin and Fur
Dogs and cats require regular brushing to remove debris and loose hairs, stimulate blood flow to the skin, and distribute oils evenly throughout the coat. Regular brushing keeps your pet’s fur free of tangles and mats, which could pull, tear, or restrict airflow to the skin. Brushing also cuts down on hairballs in cats.
Brushing and bathing give you or your groomer the chance to observe any issues with the skin related to allergies, disease or injury, or parasites, such as fleas or ticks.