Itching and scratching is a common complaint with dogs where the nightly thump, thump, thump of a hind limb hitting the floor keeps the owner and the dog awake for hours. If it is irritating and hard wearing on the owner, then equally so, for the affected pet. Skin problems in dogs and cats make up by far the biggest number of cases seen by vets. This is understandable given the fact that the skin is the biggest organ in the body. Ectoparasites (ticks, lice, mites) allergic dermatitis (contact allergy, food allergy, food allergy) and certain mineral deficiencies all cause itching in dogs and cats.
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