Scratching the Itch
Spring time in the hill country is a beautiful time of year. The wild flowers are out, the cypress trees turn leafy green again and everything is lovely. Except that allergies and skin conditions can run rampant at this time of year. There is nothing more irritating to an animal or it’s owner than a skin condition that causing itching. Incessant scratching can drive an owner to distraction and the poor animal is miserable with an itch that requires constant scratching.
This is where your veterinarian can save the day. Getting to the bottom of an itching problem can take a little work but the relief both the owner and the animal feel when the problem is solved is worth it. There are many different problems that can cause an animal to start scratching. Allergies (to fleas, to pollens, to food etc.) can cause itching, skin conditions can cause itching, your veterinarian will work with you to determine the likely cause of the problem.
There are now many options for treating itchy animals. Allergy treatment sets give animals measurable relief. Medicated shampoos can make the animal feel and smell better. There are some wonderful new medications that have come out that can stop itching almost immediately.
Pets, like people, should be able to enjoy the springtime. An itch-free spring is the best kind of spring. Contact Wimberley Veterinary Clinic if you have any questions on how we can help your pet scratch the itch of spring.
Welcome to Pet Talk. Pet Talk will focus on issues that concern all pets with an emphasis on issues for the Wimberley area. With that in mind our first topic will be rattlesnake bites. Rattlesnakes become active in the springtime. Dogs and horses both are susceptible to bites during the springtime activity of snakes. There are two courses of action a pet owner can take. Vaccinate your animal against the toxic venom or have your pet treated after a bite occurs. The better of these options is to vaccinate. The vaccine is safe and effective at neutralizing the toxins in the venom. Vaccinate animals recover from bites fast and with much less damage than unvaccinated animals.
Treating an unvaccinated animal for a rattlesnake bite can be quite expensive if antivenom is used. The survival rate of treatment for unvaccinated animals is much lower than it is for vaccinated animals.
Stop by Wimberley Veterinary Clinic for more information about rattlesnake vaccination. Late winter is the best time to boost vaccination status before the snakes become active.More about Tracy Sheffield