Skin Allergies In Dogs

Wag News, last updated 16th, Sep 2014, Neha Manchanda

One of the most irritating sounds and sights that a pet parent can hear and see is the sound and sight of your pooch constantly scratching or licking itself. Sadly enough, your pooch cannot be blamed for the habit as skin conditions may be the culprit. Skin problems may arise due to bacterial or fungal or even viral reasons.


We at DogSpot bring to you some of the common skin problems that may inflict your pooch.


Allergic Dermatitis

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Dogs and  puppies can have allergic reactions to food, grooming products, insect bites or even environmental factors. A dog with an allergic reaction may scratch itself or have rashes on the skin or ears or between paws. It will be imperative to identify the allergic irritant and reduce the exposure to the same.




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Some bacteria may cause sores, bumps, scabs or rashes on the skin. These are easy to notice especially in dogs with short fur. In dogs with long fur, it may be slightly difficult to fathom. However one may notice dull fur and coat and shedding alongwith scaly skin. Treatment for folliculitis may include antibiotics and antibacterial ointments.


Yeast infection:

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Yeast infection commonly noticed in paws and ears. Symptoms for yeast infection may include discoloured skin, irritation or rash on the skin and a foul smell from the ears. It is easy to diagnose yeast infections and can be treated with topical ointments and medicated baths.



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Impetigo is a bacterial infection most commonly found in puppies. Impetigo causes pus filled blisters that may erupt on the abdomen. It can be treated with topical ointment and medicines.



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 Ringworm is a fungal infection that is identified by the circular patches that may form on the head, nose, paws, head and forelegs of your dog. Ringworm is contagious and can pass on to humans and other dogs. Fungal antiseptic creams, shampoos and medicines can help cure the infection.


Hair Loss

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Dogs shed like crazy especially in humid weather or during change in weather. Poor nutrition, illness, separation anxiety may cause hair loss and shedding. In case the hair loss is excessive and there are patches on the skin, do connect with the vet to get treatment for your pooch.



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Mange is a skin disorder caused by mites. Mange can spread from dogs to humans and hence once has to be careful with the treatment. Symptoms of mange includes intense itching, rd skin, sores and hair loss. The ears, face and legs are the areas which get most affected.



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Fleas are a real problem with any pet owner. Fleas can cause red spots, scabs, excessive itching and the dog may lick the irritatant skin a lot. Severe flea infestation can be harmful for your dog. There are a lot of flea cleaning products available in the market to help your dog get rid of fleas.



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Ticks are parasites that are a big problem especially amongst dogs who have access to wooded area or grass. Ticks are visible to the naked eye and have to be pulled out and put in a jar with strong disinfectant to kill themm else ticks escape and can infect your dog. Ticks can cause a lot of diseases especially tick fever to your dog and therefore one has to be careful and regularly groom the pooch and use tick treatment products like anti tick shampoo or collars to avoid tick infestation.


Flaky or dry skin

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Dry flaky skin may be the premise to a lot of fungal or bacterial infections. Do groom your dog regularly and in case you notice dry and flaky skin seek medical help so that the chances of infection are ruled out.

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