Skin irritation is a common issue that affects most pets at least some point in their lives. From being infested with fleas and ticks, to having an allergic reaction, or even just having a bout of dry skin, skin irritation can have a variety of causes. Unfortunately, itchy skin & ear infection issues can also indicate something more serious in your pet.
If you need help to resolve itchy skin & ear infection, North Central Animal Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, can provide high-quality pet care and treatment. We're here to help your pet feel their best and feel comfortable in their own skin.
What Causes Itchy Skin & Ear Infection?
Certain breeds can be more susceptible to itchy skin & ear infection. For instance, pets with low-hanging ears such as bloodhounds and basset hounds are more prone to ear infections. Itchy skin can also affect all types of pets, but is generally caused by:
- Allergies, such as allergies to certain foods, household cleaners, grooming products or medications
- Dry skin caused by the weather
- Parasites such as ticks and fleas
- Immune-related disorders such as pemphigus in dogs
- Anxiety, which can cause excessive licking and balding
- Skin cancers
Yeast infections and waxy buildups can also cause itching around the ears. If you notice any signs of discomfort or itchy skin in your pet, it's best to see a vet at our animal hospital who can determine the exact cause of their skin irritation and infection.
How a Vet Can Help
A vet on our team will begin to determine what the cause of your pet's skin irritation is by conducting a physical exam. They will examine your pet's skin and determine if there are physical fleas or ticks on their skin.
She will ask questions about when your pet's skin irritation began. Simple changes, such as changes in diet and grooming products or new medications, can all cause itchy skin to develop. Changes in household cleaners or seasonal allergies can all lead to problems with skin as well.
A veterinarian at our animal hospital might also utilize blood tests to determine if an underlying disease or deficiency is causing your pet's skin issues. She will then provide a course of action, such as grooming products, topical medications, and changes in their diet or cleaners at home.
Help Your Pet Find Relief from Itchy Skin & Ear Infection
If your pet has been suffering from skin irritation, there is help available from a veterinarian at North Central Animal Hospital. Call us at (602) 395-9773 or stop by our clinic in Phoenix, AZ, and get your pet the care they need.