Looking At Dog Skin Problems
Dog skin problems are the number one reason for dogs to scratch more than often and can be caused from many different things like a condition, allergy, or parasite. The best way to get treatment is through a vet because this can be done in a quick way. When scratching is seen some additional things need to be looked at as well.
Rashes are typically allergies. The best way to aid in relief is through corticosteroids but this is not something that will solve the problem. The only way to really get rid of the problem is to figure out what the pet is allergic to and then to make sure that there is no exposure to the allergen.
Allergies can come in a variety of different forms. Some of the common ones include food, pollen, grooming products, and insect bites. One simple way to tell if the cause is a yeast infection is if the only scratching is primarily at the ears.
Although there are some additional symptoms that a yeast infection will present. Some of these are a discoloration, itching, or irritation and most commonly seen on the ears or paws. A topical cream that can be prescribed will usually heal this issue quickly.
When a cream will not heal the pet then there are medicated bath options and oral medications to consider. One such condition is superficial bacterial folliculitus which will show on the skin as scabs, bumps, and sores. Of course if the pet has long hair then these will not be seen but instead he or she might appear scaly and be shedding.
Most commonly this is because of some other skin issue that is happening at the same time. A common problem for puppies is impetigo. This will appear as blisters filled with pus.
Then the blisters will break and the blisters will scab over. The abdomen area is where these are seen as the puppy will not have hair there. Topical ointments are the common treatment option.
If a dog has scales and greasy skin then seborrhea is probably to blame. This can be genetic which means no cure or caused by another underlying issue. This issue would have to be found and treated before the condition would go away.
Hair loss and a thinning coat can be seen in dogs as alopecia. Where as mange will show up as sores, itching, redness, and hair loss. Finally some additional skin problems will show up when a dog is exposed to parasites like ticks and fleas.
Ringworm is also common and an issue that shows up as lesions that are in the shape of a circle and need to be treated with anti-fungal cream. Dog skin problems are very numerous and there might be others that are seen that would cause one to show concern. The last thing that one must watch for is if there is a problem and it is not healing then it might be because of acral lick granuloma which is where the dog is not allowing the skin to heal because he or she is licking it too much and might need a cone collar.
I’m a family pet health guru who specializes in all natural pet skin products.