Excessive itching or rubbing of ears can mean your pet may be experiencing an infection. There are many causes for itching and irritation which may not get better unless pet parents seek veterinary care. Our dedicated staff at Ferreira Animal Hospital in Miami will conduct some tests to find out the source of the pet's itchy skin and ear infection and develop a treatment plan to find relief for your pet.
What Causes Pet Ear Infections?
According to the American Kennel Club, nearly 20% of dogs are prone to ear problems. Dogs are prone to ear infections because of the shape of their ear canals, which are L-shaped. Some breeds of dogs get ear infections more than others. Dogs with floppy ears like Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels are far more susceptible than other breeds.
Other potential causes of ear infections include:
- Excess moisture
- Thyroid disease
- Autoimmune issues
- Wax buildup
- Excess cleaning
Dogs with ear infections will often show a variety of symptoms like:
- Head shaking
- Dark discharge
- Crusting or scabs in the ears
Our veterinarian will assess your pet to determine the root cause of your pet’s ear infection and provide the corresponding treatment.
What Causes Pet Skin Itching?
Many pets also suffer from skin rashes and irritation, and skin problems are one of the common reasons for vet visits. There are many potential causes for itchy skin, these include:
- Dermatitis is caused by chemicals, poison ivy, fertilizer, etc.
- Insect bites
- Mites and fleas
- Bacterial and fungal skin infections
- Food allergies
- Hot spots
- Pressure sores
- Bad nutrition
Treatment will vary depending on the root cause and severity of your pet’s itchy skin.
Call Our Animal Hospital for Itchy Skin and Ear Infection Treatment in Miami
If your pet is suffering from itchy skin or an ear infection, call Ferreira Animal Hospital today at (786) 275-4629.