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Seasonal change and itchy skin in Spring.  

Every year around March to April Hong Kong’s weather changes from cool and dry to warm and humid, and with that change in weather comes a big increase in the number of dog and cat patients I see with itchy skin. 

The change in the weather opens up skin pores, allowing increase absorption of allergens and irritants, resulting in itching, scratching, redness, and in some cases, hair loss and secondary bacterial infections. 

The three secrets to avoiding itchy skin are a healthy skin barrier, reducing allergen exposure, and stopping any itching before it gets out of control. 

The skin barrier is the body’s first line of defence against allergens, bugs, bacteria, dust and other nasties. A healthy skin barrier includes good oils, skin cells, immune cells and natural moisture. You can help promote a healthy skin barrier for your pet (and for yourself) with good nutrition and an Omega-3 oil supplement. 

Keeping your dog or cat’s coat clean and healthy will also greatly reduce allergen load. I recommend a hypoallergenic shampoo such as Aloveen, NanoSanitas or VetExpert Hypoallergenic. A good tip is to wipe your pet’s paws with a damp towel after a walk outside – the webbing of the feet is particularly prone to irritation from allergen exposure.  

I recommend Omega-3 supplements and a hypoallergenic shampoo for most pets on a regular basis, but if the itching is getting out of control and really seems to be troubling your dog or cat, I would suggest seeing your vet as medication or further treatment may be required. 

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