Observing your dog licking and scratching himself is painful, especially when a skin condition is to blame. In the following two blogs, we will be covering the most common dog skill illnesses and what you can do in order to prevent and help your pet when any of these problems arrive.
- Allergic reactions. Dogs can be allergic to food, grooming products and environmental irritants. A dog suffering from allergies will continue to scratch himself relentlessly and the skin will reveal a rash. The most effective solution is to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens but medication such as corticosteroids can help relief the symptoms.
- Yeast infections. Symptoms include itchy, irritated or discolored skin. It most commonly occurs in the ears and paws. A topical cream usually does the trick to solve this type of infection but medicated baths and oral drugs are sometimes necessary for a faster recovery.
- Bacterial folliculitis. This is a common infection that causes bumps, sores and scabs on the dog’s skin. Since it is easier to i identify in short haired dogs, if your dog is long-haired look for symptoms such a dull coat with scaly skin underneath. This problem usually occurs simultaneously with other skin problems such as injury, allergies or mange. Antibacterial ointments and baths together with oral antibiotics are what is typically recommended by vets as cure.
- Impertigo. It is a bacterial illness most common in puppies represented with pus filled blisters over the skin which usually form in the hairless part of the skin. This condition is rarely serious and can be solved with topical medication.
- Seborrhea. Popularly known as dandruff, this skin condition causes a dog’s skin to develop scales and become greasy. It can result as a complication of another medical problem, reason why it is important to treat the underlying cause.