First of all, don’t panic if your dog does develop a skin condition. They are often common and very treatable with the right care. Here we will talk about 5 common dog skin problems and how to manage it.
Dog skin problems are very frustrating for dogs and owners alike. Treatment of your dog’s skin depends on the cause, so the first step is always a diagnosis.
What are the most 5 Common Dog Skin Problems?
Sores and Hot Spots
Hot spots, or moist dermatitis, are usually seen in the dog and can spread very suddenly. If you spot any red, sticky sores on your dog, get him evaluated before it worsens.
Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Alopecia is another dog skin condition that can have many causes. It can be caused by a variety of problems, from parasites such as Demodex mites to thyroid disease to Cushing’s disease, an adrenal disorder. To protect your dog and yourself from unnecessary stress, take him to your vet for thorough physical examination.
Appears like dog itching is the primary complaint associated with up to 40% of all vet visits for skin problems. Tenacious scratching can consume a dog’s life, keeping both the dog and the owner up all night. Those who have experienced alongside their itchy dog are well versed in the sounds of a dog going to town on his leg in the middle of the night. In addition to feeling uncomfortable, itchy dogs can develop secondary skin lesions, infections, and hair loss from the trauma of teeth and nails on their skin. So, here is a question. What causes a dog to itch? Allergies are a very common cause of itchy skin. Because of that, I will continue this problem in the text below.
As we said, allergies are a very common cause of itchy skin. They can happen at any stage during your dog’s lifetime. Perhaps, you will see your dog scratching – often their belly, flanks, and ears – or rubbing their face and chewing their paws.
They can be further classified into three major categories: fleas, environment, and food.
While flea bites provoke a transient irritation to both dogs and people, canines with a true flea allergy are hypersensitive. One bite can be enough to trigger a systemic bout of chewing and scratching. Fleas can be a request to manage, needing treatment of all household pets as well as the environment, but the good news is once the fleas are under control, so is the itching.
Environmental allergy, or atopy, is another important category of dog allergies. The allergens can be breathed, like pollen or mite dander; or absorbed directly through the skin, as sometimes happens with grass. Atopy is a challenge to manage, and dogs may require allergy shots or regular medication to keep them comfortable during the allergy season.
On the other hand, food allergies resulting in skin disease are much less popular than the first two allergies. Food allergies are usually triggered by a hypersensitivity reaction to a protein that the body misidentifies as a threat. The only way to diagnose a food allergy is through a strict elimination diet. Your veterinarian’s guidance is required in sorting in a pet’s history for clues leading to a diagnosis of a food allergy. Once the particular allergen is identified, the pet can be transitioned to a portion of dog food that does not include the trigger.
Dry skin or a dull coat
Dry skin on dogs can be caused in part by the home environment. For instance, when heating is on more often and at a higher temperature, your dog’s skin condition may change and become itchy.
Unless your dog is continually scratching himself, dry skin on dogs is not a serious health issue and can be easily handled. Your dog might like the special shampoos you can buy from your vet, which help restore moisture. However, the underlying cause of the problem is probably a dry environment: a humidifier in the home may help keep your dog more comfortable.
Also, you can read about using apple cider vinegar for problems with your dog’s skin. Read here!