Is your dog constantly scratching, licking or chewing at skin? If the answer is a yes, a skin condition is probably the culprit behind these bad habits. Skin disorders are one of the most common health problems in dogs. The causes for skin disorders may range from parasites to allergies to underlying illness. Usually, the abnormalities in a dog’s skin can be characterised by scabs, redness or inflammation, hot spots, dry or flaky skin, hair loss, bald patches, rashes etc. Some of the very common skin problems found in dogs are:
Many grooming products, food, and environmental irritants such as pollen or insect bites can have allergic reactions in your dog’s skin. A dog with allergies may scratch relentlessly often resulting in an ugly rash. The most effective treatment is to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens.
Symptoms like irritated, itchy, or discoloured skin may be the outcome of a yeast infection. The infection usually hits the paws or ears where the yeasts can grow easily. If your dog is found to be continuously scratching an ear or licking her toes, ask your veterinarian to check for a yeast attack.
Seborrhea is a medical problem in which the dog’s skin develops scales (dandruff). In some dogs, the syndrome is genetic while in some, the scaling develops as a complication of another medical problem. It’s very important to treat the underlying cause so symptoms do not recur.
The amount of hair that a dog normally shred depends on breed, time of year, and environment. However, factors like stress, poor nutrition, or illness also cause a dog to lose more hair than usual. So, if you notice abnormal shredding or bald patches, check with your veterinarian.
Although most skin diseases are not severe, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis so the condition can be treated. BP animal hospital is one of the reputed animal clinics in Burlington fully equipped with advanced medical facilities and qualified veterinarians in Burlington to provide the best care for your pets.