It’s not a pleasure to have a dog that itches and scratches and is obviously uncomfortable. The owner is often uncertain about the cause of the problem and how to treat it. To help the dog, you need to determine what kind of skin disorder it has, how serious it is, and what the treatment options are.
Different kinds of skin problems
The most common skin problems, or diseases, in dogs are allergies, dry skin, hot spots, skin infection, excessive shedding, yeast infection, and dandruff. The dog suffers discomfort and vet treatment can be expensive and time-consuming.
Scratching and licking is the most obvious way a dog tries to relieve an itch. When the itch is difficult to reach, the dog may roll on its back to try and find relief. In some cases, bald patches may appear.
An irritated and itchy skin can be the result of a number of skin problems, tick and flea bites or instance. The best way to get rid of the itch is to look at the symptoms, and then treat them. In some cases, it may be possible to treat the dog at home.
Allergies are the most common reason for skin problems in dogs, and treatment is costing their owners almost $200 per visit to the vet. If the dog starts to itch and scratch when the weather gets warmer, and particularly when it’s also humid, it may have an allergy. However, be aware that dogs are often treated for allergies, when in fact they have a yeast infection.
When is a skin disease serious?
The first thing people usually think about when serious skin diseases are mentioned is mange. The disease is caused by microscopic mites, is contagious and spreads easily. It is actually a real, live skin disease that needs careful vet treatment. The immune system needs to be part of the treatment because a dog that has mange invariably has a weakened immune system.
A hot spot needs to be treated immediately, as it can increase in size a matter of hours. It needs a vet’s attention as soon as possible.
Some allergic reactions can be serious, specifically a puffy or swollen face. This can indicate that the dog has an allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening.
Treatment for skin diseases
There are a number of factors that can result in skin problems. Among them is the food your dog eats, the climate, age, and type of skin. Light colored dogs are more prone to skin problems and should receive special attention.
A good quality dog shampoo can help to alleviate skin issues. The dog’s skin will also benefit from adding omega 3, or a fish oil like salmon, to its food. It will help to build a strong immune system, which is important in preventing skin problems. You may also want to look at using organic treatments.
You can p read more about skin problems, their causes, and treatments in this article.
Most dogs suffer from a skin problem at some stage, and it can be a major irritant or even painful. As the owner, you need to do the best you can to prevent and treat it.
1Salomi is a contributing blogger, dog lover and avid learner.