Problem Skin Information



Many dogs suffer with Problem Skin. This can be a major issue of dog health. While many outdoor kept dogs never have issues with this, others that live indoors may suffer with severe disorders of the skin.

No matter the circumstances, any type of skin disorder can be uncomfortable and annoying to the canine. Many of the skin disorders that a dog may experience are categorized.

In the following, there is some brief information about each
Problem Skin category.

  • Environmental dermatitis is a major cause of itching and scratching for dogs. Most canines suffering with this type of irritation are nutritionally and physically stable. They spend much of their time in fields, water sources and digging in the earth. Their problem skin becomes irritated by the sources they come in contact with. Grasses and other bladed plants may often leave cuts in the skin. These cuts can cause bacteria to form and an infection to begin.
  • Nutritional dermatitis is most usually found in dogs that are fed a commercial diet that is not meat based. Dogs that are given a meat-based diet have much healthier skin and coats. Nutritional supplements are often not required unless this type of diet is not being used. If your pet is being fed by a Dog Food that is supposedly complete and balanced, you should try to supplement the canine’s diet.
  • Parasitic dermatitis is the infestation of fleas and other parasites such as ticks, gnats, deer flies, mites and chiggers. Fleas are usually the first thought as a pet owner that you will have when your pet begins to scratch and dig. Often fleas are not visible as they hide beneath the animal’s coat well. Their bites and saliva cause irritation.
  • Infectious dermatitis is caused by pathogens that infect the skin and coat of the dog. These can be fungal, yeast or bacterial in nature. Many times, infectious dermatitis causes the formation of lesions with hair loss. Topical medications are generally effective in the treatment of this disorder.
  • Allergic dermatitis is an area of concern for many vets. The other possibilities of skin irritation must be ruled out before this diagnosis can be given. Nearly anything the dog has come into contact with can be the basis for this type of skin condition. A canine’s own bacteria can even trigger an Allergy to flair. The allergic reaction causes the release of certain histamines and other reactions that ultimately cause the uncontrollable itching.

Regardless of the cause of the itching, your pet is miserable. Most vets are very well trained and skilled in the area of the skin. They have seen and treated many canines with the same signs and symptoms.

There are some things that can be done at home but most skin irritations will need some sort of medication from the vet. After your dog begins to scratch, you should always check for fleas first. This can often be treated at home without the need of the vet and the added expense.





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