The treatment given will be dependent upon the underlying cause for the condition. If an adrenal disease is suspected to be the cause of the skin irritation and the desire to scratch, surgical removal of the adrenal gland(s) may be recommended. Medicine may also be given orally, by injection, or as a medicated topical (external) ointment to minimize or eliminate the desire to scratch.
Pruritus requires ongoing treatment and can be frustrating for the dog's owner if progress is not made. Administering the prescribed medications will help to reduce or eliminate the desire for the cat to scratch. Following unilateral adrenalectomy or subtotal bilateral adrenalectomy, monitor for return of clinical signs, which may indicate tumor recurrence.
Something that causes itching
A condition of having only one side
Small, wingless insects that live as parasites on humans and some animals
Having two sides
The process of surgically extracting one or both of the adrenal glands.
The gland that produces the hormone adrenaline and others; helps to regulate the metabolism, electrolytes, and even sexual function; also helps to regulate the way the body responds to injury, trauma, etc. The adrenal gland is found near the kidney. Also referred to as the suprarenal gland.