Most dog skin problems occur as a result of fungi, fleas, dry skin, allergies, mites, and mange, originating from hereditary and parasitic skin problems. However, most of these conditions can easily be treated, while others may cause a dangerous underlying condition if not quickly diagnosed.
Parasitical problems are one of the most common problems your dogs have to contend with. It is usually caused by fleas and mites which attach itself to the dog’s skin and suck out blood. The end result is, causing the dog to keep scratching until it has open wounds. This turns out to be a major bacterial skin problem when infection sets in on the scar.
Hereditary skin problems are difficult to diagnose, yet, they have a distinct trademark that leaves your dog unexplained hair loss of oily/dark skin. When this is observed, series of blood tests and examination should be done with the dog. The appearance of circular red rings on the dog skin identifies fungal infections. Tragically, the ringworm fungus can be shrunk by humans so you must be extremely careful when handling a fungal-infected animal.
PROBLEMS AND THEIR SOLUTIONS
1. Neurogenic Factor
Dogs that suffer from loneliness or boredom tend to have a habitual licking tendency that makes them lick one particular spot.
Remedy: This can be treated by a dog behaviorist.
This is a common bacterial infection found in puppies. It is typified by blisters filled with pus breaking and crusting over. The blisters are easily seen since they are on the bald part of the abdomen.
Remedy: Treatment by topical solution!
3. Bathing Too Often
Bathing too often may remove natural oils found in the skin of your dog.
Remedy: Bath your dog once a month unless in critical cases.
The flea bite is the most prevalent problems of them all! Fleas are small parasites that suck blood from most animals, including dogs, and depositing their saliva after their bite. Fleas have been a predictable vermin in a dog’s life. They live on the coat of a dog and can cause anemia or even death when they exist in large number. Some dogs are also allergic to fleas and will develop allergic dermatitis or alopecia simultaneously.
Remedy: Use a shampoo, a collar or an anti-flea spray to treat your dog and his bed.
5. Skin Condition and Allergies
The allergic reaction arises when a dog scratches the itchy part of a bite. At that point, the scratch may develop into worse conditions. A skin condition occurs when your dog unrelentingly bites or licks his skin. This small scratches and open wounds in turn, becomes the feasting ground of bacteria. These spots can spread rapidly to other areas of the skin through licking, biting, scratching, and chewing of previously healthy areas.
Remedy: Topical medicated ointments and soothing baths can be used to treat allergic skin disorders. The use of oral antihistamines can alleviate some of the itch. Cortisone can also be more effective in alleviating the discomfort of allergies. If you have no knowledge of the aforementioned remedies, consult a vet for the right mode of treatment.
6. Dietary Deficiency
Dietary deficiency causes skin irritation, scratching, and hair loss which make the coat and skin of your dog unhealthy. Dietary deficiency is caused when a dog is fed with low-quality food!
This is another common dog skin problem. Contrary to its name, ringworm is a fungus (named Microsporum cani) and not a worm. It causes circular injuries on a dog’s head, ears, forelegs or paws. The most observable symptom will be round patches of hair loss. Ringworm should be properly dealt with as it can be a communicable infection. Some types are even strong enough to infect humans!
Remedy: Use effective anti-fungal shampoos and dips treatments. An antifungal, “Griseofulvin” may be prescribed by your vet.
Ticks are generally found around the neck, head, and between the toes of a dog. They can cause tick paralysis and can also pass on diseases.
Remedy: The best way to treat a tick is to kill it and one of the home remedies to apply on the tick is either nail polish or ether alcohol.
9. Regular Combing and Brushing
Brush your dog’s coat often; say at least four times per week for dogs with longer hair. When you comb their coat often, you get to examine closely if they have rashes, tumors, lesion, and parasites that warrant medical attention.
Cheyletiella mites are also known as “Walking Dandruff” because it seems like little flakes of dry skin moving about upon close inspection.
Remedy: with the use of common flea shampoo, these mites can be eliminated. No need for further pet medication!
GENERAL TIPS TO COMBAT DOG SKIN ISSUES
If you are not sure about the cause of a particular dog skin problem or how to go about with the treatment, then write down the dog’s symptoms, when you started observing the symptoms, and what it looks like. Take this note to your vet, he/she should be able to help you with an appropriate solution for your dog’s illness.
In the event that your dog’s skin problems are due to food allergies, also consult your dog as to how to introduce a digestive enzyme into their diet. You may most likely start to make your dog handmade snacks and meals or at least purchase pre-made dog food for her.
A great way to keep your pet free from many skin irritations is to keep him safe and healthy internally and externally! Feed her with quality dog supplements daily to keep them healthy and develop strong immune systems that will help fight off infections and allergies.