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More itchy pets? No problem

It's hard to tell if there are more itchy dogs and cats than ever or if it just seems that way because more pet owners have realized that itchiness in pets is not the norm—and is treatable.

Fortunately, veterinary dermatologists say there are more treatments available than ever for itchy pets.

Dr. Jackie Campbell, a veterinary dermatologist with Animal Allergy & Dermatology of Colorado, said itchiness in dogs can be very frustrating for their owners, and she believes the problem of pruritus is increasing.

Allergy is the most common cause of pruritus in dogs and