How to recognize, treat and cure dog skin problems.
Dog skin problems are among the most common of canine health issues. Many of these are fairly minor and can be dealt with quite easily.
Others, though, could pose serious risks if not dealt with early and thoroughly.
The simplest of dog skin problems are often related to allergies. An allergy caused by fleas, food or irritants in the environment will often manifest in redness, hot spots, and hair loss.
You’ll need to take your dog to the vet to find and treat the cause of the allergy. Often an anti-histermine or change of diet will do the job.
However, there are also more serious dog skin problems that require immediate medical attention.
Major Dog Skin Problems
Here are some of the major skin problems your dog might suffer from;
Hot spots are patches of redness and swelling that result from a bacterial infection on the dog’s skin. They are extremely itchy, and cause the dog to scratch and bite at the skin, which just makes the problem worse.
Once a dog has developed a hot spot, it needs to be treated quickly. There are topical creams that can reduce swelling, but the most effective treatment is an antibiotic shot, given by a vet.
Dogs are also susceptible to melanomas and skin cancers. These develop as a result of excess exposure to the sun. They can be difficult to spot, particularly if your dog has dark fur.
However, you may notice the dog scratching and biting at the affected area. On closer inspection you’ll see the tumor protruding through the hair.
If you do notice any masses or tumors on your dog’s skin, get him to the vet immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
Dry skin may seem like a trivial issue compared to tumors or hot spots, but it can cause your dog a great deal of discomfort. It can also contribute to any number of health issues. Excessive scratching can lead to lesions on the skin, which can become infected and provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
If your dog has dry skin, then a regular and consistent grooming routine can help, as brushing releases natural oils in the skin. There are also moisturizing dog shampoos you can use. Be aware though that bathing too often can actually strip the skin of natural oils.
You may also want to speak to your vet about dietary supplements.
A dog’s skin is surprisingly sensitive and prone many health problems. Your dog, of course, can’t tell you that his skin itches, so you’ll need to pay close attention to his behavior, and regard excessive scratching as a warning sign.
Treat any evidence of dog skin problems, particularly tumors and hot spots, seriously.