If you have pets, you'll probably notice a few comical behaviors from time to time. If your dogs or cats starts scratching a lot or if they are pulling at their ears, it may be time to look for a "veterinarian near me." One of the two most common conditions that pets face on a regular basis is itchy skin and ear infections. To treat these conditions, it is important to get to the bottom of why they are happening.
Why Your Pet's Skin May Be Itching
Many people see a dog or cat scratching and assume the problem is fleas or other parasites, and while that is one possibility, it is not the only one. There are many other possibilities to consider in order to restore healthy skin in your pet and make him more comfortable.
There are many reasons why itchy skin happens. Some of the more common include:
- Nutrition issues
- Endocrine diseases (Thyroid problems)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Psychogenic (mental or neurological causes, including anxiety or boredom)
No matter why your pets are feeling itchy, they are certainly uncomfortable, even if they are trying to put on a brave face for you. While it may be easy to think "it's just skin," it is also important to remember that your pet's skin is an organ, and it is important to get to the bottom of how it is effective and see that it is properly treated.
Ear Infections in Pets
Another common condition to watch for in pets is ear infections, which may happen independently in your pet, or alongside a skin infection. More often than not, ear infections in pets can be traced back to an allergy or Otitis, an infection or inflammation of the ear. Otitis manifests as either a yeast or bacterial infection. Dogs that spend a lot of time in the water, such as swimmers or those that are bathed excessively, are more likely to have wax build up in their ears. This will make them more susceptible to yeast infection. At Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown, we also see bacterial infections, including staph infections triggered by hypothyroidism, and it is important to treat the thyroid issues as well as the ear infection.
While your pets can't tell you outright that they might have an ear infection, there are various signs, such as redness or an odor coming from the ear, scratching, balance issues, or head shaking that can be seen as a red flag and that it is time to take them into the vet. At Breton Veterinary Hospital we provide pets with treatments that last. If your pets seem to be uncomfortable, there's a good chance we can do something about it. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for your pets, contact us at Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown, MD at 301-475-7808.