Commonly Seen Dog Skin Problems
Dogs that are scratching more than usual are probably suffer from some type of dog skin problems whether they be caused by an allergy, parasite, or condition. Vets can typically treat these issues quickly and seeing one might be the end of the issue. So when a dog is scratching there are many different things that one can look for.
An allergy will appear like a rash. Sometimes corticosteroids will help the problem but this is not a valid treatment. The cure can not be found until the allergen is known and removed from the environment.
There are many things that a lot of dogs are allergic to that could potentially be the problem. These include insect bites, food, grooming products, and pollen. When the dog seems to be scratching just his or her ears then the most likely cause is a yeast infection.
There are many different symptoms that one can look for in a dog that is suspected of having a yeast infection. These are discolored skin that is itchy or irritated and typically in the areas of the paws and ears. Most of the time the dog will only need to have a topical cream prescribed.
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.
This condition is most common when it occurs in conjunction with something else that is happening and not usually seen by itself. Puppies are commonly seen with many things and one of the most common is impetigo. With this condition the skin will have pus filled blisters.
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.
Another issue that causes scales and greasy skin is seborrhea. There are a few different reasons for this issue and one is that it is a genetic condition that will always be there. Another is that there is some underlying cause and when the underlying cause is figured out and treated then the condition will go away.
If a dog is seen with a thinning coat and a lot of hair loss then the problem is most likely alopecia. Then when one has mange there will be redness, itching, hair loss, and sores. Skin problems can also be caused by parasites, the most common being fleas and ticks.
Another common skin issue is ringworm which will appear like lesions that are circular in shape and is easily treated with anti-fungal creams. There are many additional dog problems that one might want to be concerned with as well. However when the skin is trying to heal and that is not allowed because of excessive licking this is called acral lick granuloma and in most cases has to be treated with a cone collar.
I’m a canine health guru who specializes in treatment for skin problems in dogs.