Talk about frustrating! If only getting rid of the fleas were the total answer for end of season itch.  After all, fleas are the easiest to spot, and simplest to treat. Let’s talk about additional itch-producing problems (and solutions).

Sometimes the itchiness is due to late-season hayfever. But, if your pet dealt with fleas there’s likely something else going on leading to the residual itchiness.

A very common thing to think about when looking at itch issues and allergies is the liver.  It’s possible that the liver is not doing a good job detoxifying the body. The liver is intimately associated with detoxification and when it doesn’t detoxify well, one symptom is allergies, or itchiness. Therefore, a great thing to do at the end of the season is a liver detox, especially considering you likely resorted to using chemical agents to get fleas out of the house.

Liver detoxification can be as easy as a two week detoxification diet, to milk thistle, to aggressive liver cleansing with diet and combination herbal therapy.

Every now and then, that itch that was brought by fleas is actually the straw that broke the camels back – a signal for a bigger issue. For these patients, more diagnostics are often needed to figure out the cause the problem. For some, mange now needs to be addressed, for other pets whole body allergic reaction and over reaction may need to be addressed. And still other patients need to check the neurotransmitters produced in the brain, which may be the key to fixing the itchy problem.

Regardless, start with liver detoxification, if that does not cure your pet’s itch, then work with a holistic veterinarian to get to the root of the problem rather than just treating symptoms.  Treating the symptoms ONLY doesn’t cure the underlying problem, leading to continued frustration for you and your pet.

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