Here is a free video and a written guide to Dog Skin Problems!
Don’t ignore Your dog scratching or chewing its skin, it could be the sign of a serious skin problem! Just like human, dogs can have skin problems too, and it is super important to understand what the signs and symptoms are of dog skin problems in order to make sure that we keep our pets comfortable and healthy no matter what the situation. Here are some basic irritations to watch for during the course of your dog’s life.
And remember, they can be contagious or non-contagious, and any sort of issue may be present because there is something else wrong that is causing a particular flare up to happen. Some problems are caused by the environment, others by things like parasites, bacteria, fungi, viruses, or things like compulsive licking, which is always a bad one.
Here is the Video on Identifying Dog Skin Problems:
Here is our written guide to identifying why your dog itches
One of the biggest things that causes dog skin problems is allergies, believe it or not. Vets say that one out of every seven dogs has an allergy bad enough to affect its daily life. Just like humans, dogs can be super irritated by things like pollen and what is in foods occasionally.
Another skin condition that dogs occasionally have is something called a hot spot, which is basically an area where there is a rash that the dog makes worse by licking or biting at. It become further infected and can spread rapidly to other parts of the dog’s body, causing a lot of discomfort and it looks particularly ugly in some cases. There are pictures that would make you cringe!
Fleas and ticks are also regular offenders when it comes to things that irritate a dog’s skin, and you can get these little critters from just about anywhere, including other animals out on the street, or out in the woods on any adventures that you may head out to when you’re feeling like a journey to a park.
Hair loss often accompanies skin problems, either because the dog scratches the fur away, or whatever is creating the issue causes the skin cells to have their fur drop out. It can be an indication of many different things, so if you aren’t sure, ask your local veterinarian.
Depending on what the actual cause is, there are many different types of treatment that are appropriate for a dog with skin problems, including shaving the effected area, putting on creams or ointments, and potentially things like shampoo or oral drugs in the dogs food.
So if your dog has skin problems, your best idea is to identify what the issue is as soon as possible and then get the correct treatment, before the condition becomes worse or untreatable in some cases. Your dog deserves love for the love it gives to you!