Your Guide to Pet Skin and Ear Infections in Knoxville, TN
There's nothing more upsetting than to witness your pet constantly scratching his skin or ears. Although a host of foreign materials can infiltrate your dog or cat's system, it's best to have your pet undergo a thorough checkup at Bluegrass Animal Hospital. Our Knoxville, TN, team treats many types of pet skin and ear infections, and we'd be more than happy to help him be relieved of his discomfort.
What Causes Itchy Skin, And How Can It Be Treated?
The most common causes of itchy skin in pets are parasites, allergens, and poor nutrition. These problems can trigger many symptoms, including itchiness, bumps, blisters, scaly skin, redness, and cracked skin. Most pets relieve the itch with continued chewing, scratching, and licking. Oftentimes, excessive scratching or chewing can foster a skin infection, therefore determining the root cause of the skin problem and treating it is a priority.
If your pet has fleas or ticks, we can treat it with medication, which can be in a form of tablets or chews, topical solutions, sprays, shampoos, or collars. If the problem is allergies, we can help you pinpoint the allergen trigger so that we can minimize the exposure of it, alleviating the symptoms. Pets who suffer from itchy skin due to nutrition can find relief from eating high-quality foods. Our veterinarians can recommend a few nutritional brands that meets your pet’s needs.
When your dog or cat experiences an ear infection, it is probably from a foreign body in the ear, ear mites, wax buildup, or allergies. If these problems are left untreated, they can cause painful infections. Unfortunately, dogs with long, droopy ears tend to develop ear infections due to the shape of the ear canal. Autoimmune disease disorders and endocrine disorders are also causes of ear infections in both cats and dogs.
Typical symptoms of an ear infection include excessive head shaking or scratching in the ear, a discharge that is dark in color, a foul odor, scabs or crusts in the ear, swelling, or redness. If you notice these symptoms in your pet, make an appointment right away with our veterinarians for treatment and an ear cleaning.
Contact Us Today For Pet Skin And Ear Infections Treatment
Pet skin and ear infections should be treated promptly to prevent infections or damage to the skin or ears. Schedule an appointment with our Knoxville, TN, veterinarians today at Bluegrass Animal Hospital. You can call us at (865) 694-8387.