Whether you’re a pet or a person, there’s absolutely nothing fun about the words, “skin infection”. Unfortunately, though, it’s a common problem for both cats and dogs. In a perfect world, our four-legged friends would be able to tell us what’s bugging them. But because they can’t, it helps to know what signs and symptoms to look for.
What are the Common Signs of a Skin Infection in Pets?
While you should never attempt to diagnose or treat your pet’s skin condition on your own, here are a few of the signs and symptoms that warrant a trip to your family veterinarian:
- Pustules or “pimples” on the skin
- Dry, flaky skin
- Crusty patches
- Hair loss (generalized or patchy)
- Visible blood or pus on the skin
- Ulcers on the skin
- Surface swelling
- An unusual or particularly bad odor
- Self-mutilation, hair pulling, and over-grooming
When your pet is feeling bad, in general, it can be hard to determine the cause. Sometimes, the problem is much deeper, so you should never write something off as insignificant if you are not absolutely sure.
Skin infection in pets can be caused by a number of issues, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, endocrine imbalances, and even cancer. So, when it comes to the care and safety of your best friend, it’s better to play it safe!
If your pet seems to be experiencing some form of skin trouble, you’ve come to the right place. Our veterinary doctors and staff are well-versed in all of the most common ailments faced by pets in Florida, and it would be our pleasure to help your cat or dog start feeling great again!
Contact us today to learn how we can help.