Flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in the spring: this time of year, we see an increase in the number of skin, ear and upper respiratory infections (URIs). Just like us, our pets commonly experience seasonal allergies that may need to be addressed to give them relief. It’s also kitten and puppy season, and these little cuties may come with various infections that need treatment.
Skin & Ear Infections: These are commonly caused by allergies and yeast but can also be the result of ear mites (especially in kittens). If your pet’s skin or ears are itchy, crusty or smelly, you’ll want to have one of our veterinarians check them out as soon as possible, as excessive scratching can cause skin trauma and hot spots. Of particular concern, over-the-counter ear meds can cause deafness if a pet’s ear drum is ruptured from infection complications. It’s best not to treat your pet’s ears without having your veterinarian check them first.
Upper Respiratory Infections (URI): In addition to seasonal allergies, adopted pets from shelters sometimes have very contagious viruses as a result of being exposed to many other animals. If your feline or canine friend is sneezing, coughing, congested or wheezing, be sure to separate him or her from other pets and come see one of our veterinarians as soon as possible.
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