My Pet Itches

Skin Conditions

Medications

There are several medications developed and approved for use in dogs and cats. Talk to your veterinarian about the best treatment option for your pet

When treating skin infections in pets, veterinarians will consider these main groups of medications:

Antibiotics

These can be injectable, oral or topical and are designed to combat infections by targeting the bacteria that are infecting the body. Most antibiotics are given orally and are administered one to three times a day. However, there is a long-acting veterinary-approved antibiotic for common skin infections that makes it convenient for pet owners to ensure the pet receives the full course of therapy. Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best treatment plan for your pet.

Medications to control itch

  • Antihistamines
  • Immune Modulators
  • Parasiticides
  • Corticosteroids

Antihistamines

Given orally, antihistamines may reduce itchiness. Some veterinarians recommend using them in combination with other treatments, such as essential fatty acid supplements to increase the treatment's effectiveness. Because pets may respond differently to antihistamines, your veterinarian may try more than one.

Immune modulators

If your pet has an autoimmune disease, your veterinarian may prescribe immune modulators, such as cyclosporine, to modify the immune system. Once the immune system is quieted, it no longer attacks your pet's skin.

Parasiticides

In the event your pet has external parasites, or may be at risk for external parasites, your veterinarian may prescribe a topical or systemic (oral product) for treatment and prevention.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are mainly used to reduce itching, inflammation and swelling. If prescribed orally, these medications are usually given at an initial starting dose, and then tapered to lower doses, until discontinued.

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