Truths About Skin Infections

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of a possible skin infection, and what they mean for your pet.

Ease discomforts associated with skin infections
Ease discomforts associated with skin infections

What You Need to Know About Skin Infections

Bacterial and yeast skin infections are a painful outcome when your pet’s skin is scratched or exposed to allergens and/or bites from fleas, ticks, and mites; the can also be caused by poor grooming and extremely hot or humid weather. Yeast infections can show up anywhere on your pet’s skin, but they are most common between the toes and under the forelegs.

Signs that your pet has a skin infection include:

  • Lesions on your pet’s skin (hot spots)
  • Ulcerations or signs of pus at a hot spot
  • Reddish-brown saliva staining on your pet’s coat
  • Compulsive licking and chewing
  • Raised, flaky patches

What Skin Infections Mean for Your Pet

Infections, in addition to being painful and uncomfortable, can cause your pet to scratch excessively. This can lead to hot spots and open sores on your pet’s skin.

You Can Help

It’s important to treat the cause of your pet’s skin infection as well as care for his or her clinical signs. If you think your pet has a skin infection, consult your veterinarian. You can help ease some of the discomfort associated with skin infections using canine skin-care products. And, protecting your pet from fleas and ticks with vet-quality treatments from Petarmor. Fleas and ticks are major causes of allergies that lead to infections, is a great way to avoid the discomfort associated with them.

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