If your pet is scratching more than usual, it might have an itch. Before you start looking for the nearest anti-itch cream, take a trip to visit Dr. Turrou at Redlands Pet Clinic in Grand Junction, CO. Itchy skin could be a sign of allergies and, if left untreated, can lead to painful ear infections.
Causes of Itchy Skin & Ear Infection in Pets
There are many possible causes of itchy skin and ear infections in pets, including:
Pets can be allergic to various things, including food, pollen, and even shampoo. It could be an allergic reaction if your pet is constantly scratching, licking, or biting itself.
Bacteria and yeast can cause infections that lead to itchiness. Your pet may also have mites, which are tiny parasites that live on the skin and cause irritation.
3. Dry Skin
If your pet's skin is dry, it can be more prone to itchiness and infections. Pets with hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease are also at risk for dry skin.
4. Hormonal Imbalance
An imbalance of hormones can also lead to itchy skin and ear infections. This is often visible in female dogs who are in heat or puppies who are going through puberty.
Treatment for Itchy Skin & Ear Infections
The first step in treating itchy skin and ear infections is identifying the cause. Once our vet has determined the cause, we will develop a treatment plan that may include:
Allergy Testing and Management
If your pet is allergic to something, avoiding exposure to the allergen is the best course of action. Our vet may also recommend a hypoallergenic diet or medication to help control your pet's allergies.
Antibiotics or Antifungal Medications
Infections are treated with antibiotics or antifungal medications. Your pet may also need ear drops or a special shampoo to help clear the infection.
You can treat dry skin with various moisturizers, including lotions, oils, and sprays. Our veterinarian may also recommend supplements to improve your pet's skin health.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Grand Junction, CO
If your pet is scratching more than usual, it's time to make an appointment with Dr. Turrou at Redlands Pet Clinic in Grand Junction. We will work with you to determine the cause of your pet's itchiness and develop a treatment plan to keep your pet comfortable. Call our team today at (970) 245-4060 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.