Anytime your pet's skin is damaged by scratching, chewing or rubbing, it creates an opportunity for secondary infection. Broken or damaged skin literally opens a door for bacteria, yeast, and fungus. That's why it is best to treat skin problems early and prevent infection.
The most common type of skin infection is a bacterial infection (pyoderma). Yeast infections are common in ears and other areas where there is skin-to-skin contact, such as the armpits.
Because infections can result from different bacteria, it's important to work with your veterinarian to treat the specific bacteria responsible for the infection and identify the underlying cause of the infection. Not all antibiotics are effective against all bacteria. Once the specific bacteria are identified, your veterinarian can develop a treatment plan to successfully prevent recurrence.
Your veterinarian may use blood samples, skin scrapings, fungal tests or bacterial cultures and skin biopsies to rule out possible diagnoses and identify the root cause of infection.
Yeast are a normal inhabitant of the skin and ears in low numbers. Occasionally, they can overgrow and cause infection.
Fungal infections can occur anywhere in the body. Some are contagious, such as ringworm. They often look like other bacterial or yeast infections, but your veterinarian is most qualified to determine the correct diagnosis.
It's important to identify a fungus early because standard antibiotics that work on bacterial infections are not effective against fungi. It's best to treat early and aggressively with an accurate diagnosis.
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Ear infections may result from a variety of causes. A pet's ears may become infected because of parasites. Other complicating factors can be bacteria or yeast.
Some pets are more likely to experience ear infections, especially those with floppy ears. When your pet has signs of an ear infection, it's important to get help from a veterinarian. Not only are ear infections uncomfortable and painful for your pet, untreated they can occasionally result in permanent hearing loss.
Using the information you provide and diagnostic tools, your veterinarian will investigate your pet's ear infection to determine the exact cause and develop a treatment plan to manage your pet's ear infection.
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