Itchy Skin & Ear infection

Itchy Skin and Ear Infections in Pets

Itchy skin and ear infections are common issues in cats and dogs. While these problems can have various causes, ear infections are often breed-specific and affect our floppy-eared companions. Regardless of the cause, these conditions can lead to pain and discomfort for your furry friend, and nobody wants to see their pet suffer.

If you're in the Niwot area and your pet is experiencing distress due to itchy skin or a potential ear infection, we invite you to visit Niwot Vet Hospital. Our expert veterinary care staff is here to help your pet regain their well-being. In the meantime, continue reading for more information about itchy skin and ear infections in pets. 

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Itchy Skin

Your pet's itchiness can result from various culprits. Allergic dermatitis is the leading reason why pets are brought to the veterinarian. Severe scratching can lead to more serious conditions such as ear and skin infections, as well as bleeding. Some common reasons your pet may be itching include:

1. Flea/Tick Allergies: Parasites often target the back legs, tail, and rear end of their hosts. Just a single bite can trigger intense itching in your pet.

2. Food Allergies: Pets can develop allergies to proteins found in beef, chicken, or dairy, leading to itching primarily on the paws, face, and belly.

3. Environmental Allergies: Allergens like pollen, mold, ragweed, and dust can make your pet very itchy, particularly around the face and belly.

4. Contact Allergies: Household items such as cleaners, plants, insecticides, shampoos, and fabrics can also cause itching in pets.

A visit to the local vet hospital can help your pet recover within 1–2 weeks. The vet will conduct an examination to determine the cause of the itching and may prescribe steroids, creams, or medicated shampoos.

Ear Infections

Excessive scratching by your pet can lead to ear infections, with the most common being otitis externa or an outer ear infection, typically caused by the constant rubbing and scratching.

Common symptoms of an ear infection in your pet include:

    • Head shaking
    • Thick discharge
    • Scratching/rubbing
    • Unpleasant odor
    • Redness/swelling
    • Crust formation
    • Signs of pain

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, it's essential to take them to a veterinarian hospital promptly. The vet will clean their ears using a medicated cleanser and prescribe ear drops. They may also administer an oral antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication.

Visit Niwot Vet Hospital in Niwot, CO

Are you looking for a veterinarian near me? If your pet is experiencing itchiness or shows signs of an ear infection, our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is here to assist you. We're eager to answer any questions you may have and look forward to meeting both you and your pet. You can also visit our website for more information.