Did you know that the most common reason for visits to the vet by dogs is due to dog skin problems?
These dog skin problems can occur because of something as simple as a flea bite to something within their immune system which could cause inflammation or irritation. The good thing is that these issues are treatable and your vet should be able to take care of your dog’s skin problems.
Some common dog skin problems include the following issues, and causes:
Fleas are the most typical cause of skin related diseases. Some pets just get itchy from fleas and being infested is more of a menace than anything but there are some dogs who are sensitive to the flea bites and will cause dog skin problems. In some cases, a dog can be so allergic to fleas that one solitary bite can cause a severe skin disease.
Atopy is one of the most common skin diseases that often occur in dogs. It is brought on by an allergy to something in the dog’s environment. It could be as simple as something like grass, pollen, or dust mites. It’s very similar to what occurs in humans but the dog’s skin is affected.
Dogs can develop food allergies just humans and as with the reactions to grass, pollen and dust mites, it manifests into a skin condition. Sometimes it’s as simple as a dog being allergic to poultry or beef but in some cases the additives in the food is what causes the dog to be allergic. If you notice your dog scratching itself more after a change in their food, it could be because of the food.
Mange is usually used to describe skin diseases that are caused by mites in dogs. There are several different types of mange but the two most common are demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Demodectic is caused by a mite called Demodex and while it’s more common in puppies, it can also occur in older dogs as well. Sarcoptic mange, also known as scabies, is caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes scabeii. What makes Sarcoptic mange so bothersome is that it is also contagious to people so it important that it’s treated.
Ringworm is also a possible cause of dog skin problems but it is not as common as the conditions I’ve listed above. Ringworm is also contagious and can be acquired by being around other pets or even from a human who may be infected.
Sometimes dogs can develop self-inflicted skin problems that come about from the conditions listed above. One prevalent issue is called a hotspot — also known as pyotramatic or moist dermatitis. This condition involves an area of skin on the dog that has become inflamed and infected. It’s often coupled with hair loss around the infected area and the wound itself sometimes oozes. These hotspots become worse for your dog with continuous itching and chewing which is why it is important to get them treated as soon as you notice when he or she develops dog skin problems.