Updated: Oct 5
Is your scratching pet keeping you awake at night? Face-rubbing, foot-licking and fur-plucking can be more than pesky aggravations.
Itching causes irritation, irritation causes injury, and injury causes isolation," says Dr. Goldstein, DVM. "An injuried animal is afraid and often seeks isolation," he says.
Chronic itchiness may lead to fear, anxiety and stress. In other words, itching isn't a disease; however, itchiness can point to potential health issues that may require medical treatment.