Cat Health Medical Problems Cat Health Itchy Skin

Another common medical problems isitchy skin. Cats will get itchy skin for a number of reasons, first of which is probablyfleas. And you'll know that they have itchy skin because when you scratch them they helpyou. They have this little scratch reflex where their foot starts going like that. Andsometimes if you scratch them over here, then they'll lift their tail or they'll reallypush against your fur. That's another sign that they're very itchy. Push against yourfingers there. There's a little skin spot that this guy has. It's called a little miliarylesion. Sometimes s who have allergies or infections will have a whole bunch of these.This is actually a site where a tick was attached

to this guy. So that's the reason why he hasthis little skin lesion here is from the mouth parts of the tick being attached to his skin.So fleas, allergies, infections, can all cause itchy skins.

Banfield Pet Cat and Dog Skin and Coat Conditions

Music gt;gt;NARRATOR: Your 's skin. gt;gt;DR.WEBB: Hi, I'm webb, a veterinarianat Banfield Pet . As your partner care, it's our goalto help you keep your healthy and happy. Today we're going to share some informationwith you about your 's skin, coat and grooming essentials. Your 's skin and coat provide an importantgauge for overall health. From areas of baldness or pink and irritatedskin,

to matted fur, your might have skin issues during theirlifetime. Regularly brushing, bathing and e examining your 's coat will help you keepan eye on what's quot;normalquot; for your , so you can be aware of any problems before theybecome a bigger issue. gt;gt;NARRATOR: Generally speaking, your 'scoat should appear shiny, clean and odorfree and the skin should appear healthy, withoutredness, crusting or irritations.

Skinrelated issues can create signs likeexcessive scratching, rubbing, licking, or biting of a particular area. Matted fur, patchy spots of baldness, a suddenincreasehair loss, wounds, crusts, skin redness or other changesin skin color are all reasons to bring your to Banfield for an exam. If you see a black or reddishcolored duston your 's coat and skin, it could be flea dirt.

Flea dirt is partially digested blood. You can check for this by running a moist,white tissue or paper towel over dirt gathered with a comb or brush. Flea dirt will turn the tissue reddish brown. Regularly examining your 's paws and padsand trimming their nails will help keep themgood shape. Severely overgrown nails can curve aroundthe paw and penetrate into the pads, causing pain and infection.

Each nail contains nerves and blood vessels,or a quot;quick,quot; just like ours. The pinkish colored quick is usually easyto seelight colored nails but tough to seedarkly pigmented nails. Excessively long nails may have a quick that'sovergrown. If you can't see the quick, trim very smallamounts of the nail at a time. Keep a styptic powder handy to apply to nailsthat may accidentally be cut too short and bleed. If you'd prefer to have a professional trimyour 's nails, your Banfield veterinary

team or a professional groomer can trim yourthem for you. If your scoots, licks or chews their rectalarea or if you notice excessive odors that are outofthe ordinary, their anal sacs might be full and need tobe expressed. Dogs and s have two anal sacs loed justinside the anal opening, and they produce fluid with an unpleasant odor. Having the sacs emptied by your Banfield veterinaryteam is a quick procedure and can usually relieve discomfort if the glands are otherwisenormal.

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