Caring for a dog or cat requires a clear idea of when to seek treatment for a health concern. Pet skin and ear infections may arise at any time during your pet's life and raise concerns about the well-being of your dog or cat. At All Care Animal Clinic, our veterinarian offers treatment to address infections or itchy skin that may cause distress or pain to your pet.
Signs of an Ear Infection or Itchy Skin in your Pet
The signs of pet skin and ear infections help you recognize when to reach out for appropriate treatment and care. The signs of an infection include:
- Consistent scratching
- Biting when the infection is on the skin in an area your pet can reach
- Shaking the head
- Redness or swelling
- Whining or other signs of pain
- Odors from the ear
- Discharge from the ear, which is usually dark
- Scabs around the ear
If you suspect that your pet has an ear infection or has other skin infections that cause itchiness and irritation, address the problem immediately. Do not wait to seek treatment, since it may cause further harm to your pet's ears.
When to Seek Treatment in West Palm Beach
As a general rule, it’s a good idea to seek treatment from our veterinarian in West Palm Beach when you suspect that your pet has an infection or a skin condition.
If you notice that your pet seems to be in pain, then seek medical treatment. Pets do not always show obvious signs of discomfort, so any odd behavior is a reason to seek treatment. You should also consider contacting our professionals when you notice that your pet is scratching his or her ears often or the ears are red. Any redness on the skin, regular scratching, or biting that is excessive and unusual for your pet is a reason to consider treatment.
It’s also recommended to schedule regular check-ups for your pets. You may overlook the initial signs of an ear infection or itchy skin in your pet. By getting a regular check-up, our vet is able to provide appropriate treatment to address the underlying problems and help your pet's ears and skin heal. Plan to get a check-up for your pet once a year.
Contact Us for an Appointment
When you have concerns about your pet's health, do not wait to seek treatment and address the underlying problem. To learn more about the signs of an ear infection or to set up an appointment at All Care Animal Clinic by calling (561) 688-1154.