My Pet Itches

Skin Conditions

Signs of a possible skin problem

When your pet has a skin problem, you should see your veterinarian. If your pet has a skin problem there will be signs, often times, more than one. These signs are important clues. Here's what you should watch for:


Some pets just like to rub, but excessive rubbing can be a sign of a skin condition. Rubbing is often a pet's response to an itch or discomfort. Rubbing of the ears for example, may be a sign of an ear infection or ear mites, and excessive rubbing can cause damage to the skin and haircoat.

If your pet is rubbing more than usual, look for other signs such as scratching, licking and chewing. Observe your pet's energy level, behavior and eating.

If rubbing presents itself with other signs or if it persists, make an appointment to see your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause.

Possible causes:

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