If you have a pooch and he or she is constantly scratching at their skin or their ears, they might be suffering from a skin or ear infection. Pet skin and ear infections are among the most common inflictions that affect dogs. Fortunately, such infections are easy to prevent and treat. Dogs tend to get infections due to an overgrowth of certain bacteria and yeast. Allergies and ear mites can also cause these infections. Read on to learn about what causes skin and ear infections and how our veterinarian at Trinity Pet Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA, treats them.
Signs of Infections and How to Treat Them
If your dog is scratching aggressively or biting at the skin, bring them to our clinic. Discharge of the skin and ear, loss of appetite, and loss of balance can also be symptoms of acute infection. Treatment for ear and skin infections will vary depending on the site of the infection and its severity of it. The veterinarian will perform an examination and possibly order a blood test to determine if an infection is present.
If an infection is determined and the cause is bacterial or yeast related, then antibiotics and fungicides may be prescribed as well as medicated baths and soaks. Ears will be cleaned out and insecticides will be offered for ear mites. Allergy medicines and topical treatments may be offered if the cause is determined to be allergies. Our vet will work with you to develop a treatment plan and schedule follow-up appointments so that infections do not come back.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Laguna Hills, CA
Call Trinity Pet Hospital today at (949) 768-1314 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.