St. Charles Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in St. Charles, Minnesota. The professional and courteous staff at the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. The St. Charles Veterinary Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to St. Charles, MN and surrounding areas. Small animal appointment times vary from Monday to Friday. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
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Zoetis designated August as Itchy Pet Awareness Month and launched a website to raise awareness
about pet skin health needs and a toolkit for veterinary professionals to use as a
conversation-starter with pet owners. The top four reasons pet owners bring their dogs in for
veterinary visits are skin-related issues, including skin allergies, ear infections,
skin lumps and bumps, and skin infections.
Symptoms can be difficult to discern from normal behavior. The toolkit includes promotional
materials, including waiting room posters and assets for Facebook posts and emails
that veterinary practices can use in educating clients about their animals’ itching behavior.
The Itchy Pet: When It Becomes a Chronic Problem
Chronic itch behavior can get in the way of everyday activities, including disrupting the
sleeping patterns of both dogs and their owners. As dogs become even more a part of the family,
they are increasingly finding their way into their owners’ beds –
in fact, according to a 2018 study, more than half (55%) of the adult women
participants shared their bed with at least one dog.
This makes it more important to identify itch behavior to ensure all involved are maintaining
their quality of life. Itchy dogs and their owners also have different needs; therefore,
providing them options for customized treatment of skin allergies in dogs is key,
and will protect the bonds that matter most.
The veterinary nurse can ask some important questions when trying to help a client
with a dog that exhibits chronic itch behavior:
• When did you first notice these clinical signs?
• How did the problem start, and how has it changed?
• Has the dog had any type of skin or ear condition previously?
• What types of treatment and medications have been used, and which ones helped improve the condition?
• Which came first: the lesions or the itch?
• Is the problem year-round, or does it occur seasonally?
• Are any other pets in the household showing similar signs?