If your pet is constantly scratching itself or if you see signs of skin irritation, you could be dealing with a pet skin infection. Skin problems are a frequent issue for pets and are an especially common ailment in dogs. If you suspect that your pet has a skin infection, it can get the care it needs at Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC.
Signs of Pet Skin Infections
Some of the most common signs of a skin infection are constant biting, scratching, and licking at the skin. You may also see visible signs of skin inflammation. Other skin infection symptoms include:
- Flaky skin
- Unusual odors
- Dark pigmentation
- Pustules and papules
- Ringworm-like markings
- Frequent ear infections
What Causes Skin Infections In Pets?
Most pet skin infections are bacteria or yeast infections. While it's normal for your pet to have bacteria and yeast on its skin, parasites, skin irritation, and other factors could cause these substances to spread at a faster-than-normal pace, leading to an infection. While bacteria and yeast infections can occur separately, they can also occur at the same time. If your pet doesn't receive treatment for the infection, the symptoms may become more severe with time.
Another potential cause of skin infections is allergies. Food allergies and environmental allergens can both lead to skin infections. A veterinarian can check your pet for signs of allergies and provide a diagnosis. Once you've identified the allergen that's potentially causing these symptoms, you can reduce your pet's exposure to the allergen.
There are also several health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, that can increase the risk of skin infections in pets. Certain dog breeds, including Chihuahuas and pugs, are also more prone to infections.
How Veterinarians Treat a Skin Infection
While a skin infection can cause significant pain and discomfort, it can be treated in a variety of ways. The treatment recommended by your vet is likely to vary based on the type of infection your pet has and the severity of its symptoms. Topical treatments, such as medicated shampoos and antibacterial sprays are frequently recommended for mild infections.
For more severe infections, your vet may prescribe medication for your pet, such as an antibiotic or anti-fungal medication. In addition to these treatments, your vet may suggest that you take certain steps to reduce the risk of future infections. For example, you may be told to make sure that your pet is dried down completely after every bath.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarians in Elizabeth City, NC
A skin infection can be painful and uncomfortable for your pet, which is why you should seek treatment right away. At Pasquotank Animal Hospital, we will find the best way to deal with your pet's skin infection. Call our team today at (252) 264-3371 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.