10 Dog Skin Problems That You Need To Watch Out For (Part 1) - A Dog's Love

10 Dog Skin Problems That You Need To Watch Out For (Part 1)

5 Signs Your Dog Needs a Probiotic

Being the largest organ of the body, the skin is dangerously exposed to infections and problems of all kinds. According to a study conducted in 2014, skin allergies, skin masses and infections are some of the top reasons why dogs visit the vet. 

If your dog has any skin problem, they’ll begin showing the below signs and symptoms:

  • Smelly skin
  • Scratching skin against furniture
  • Itchy skin
  • Dry or flaky skin
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Fur loss
  • Round, scaly patches
  • Scabs
  • Rashes
  • Pus
  • Swelling or skin discoloration

If you see your dog suffering from any of these signs and symptoms, please visit the vet for a thorough checkup.

Here are some skin problems that you need to watch out for:

1. Fleas

When fleas bite dogs, their saliva causes an itchy reaction on the dog’s skin and it doesn’t take too long for the reaction to spread throughout the dog’s body. While fleas can be removed, removal can be challenging and an expensive process, so it’s best to work on flea prevention, instead.

2. Sarcoptic Mange

As dog parents, we should understand that scabies are highly contagious and can travel between humans and other pets. Scabies can cause extreme itching, inflamed rashes, and irritation of the skin. While a topical cream can kill mites on the skin, you will need to wash all clothing, carpeting, and furniture in your home.

3. Demodectic Mange

Also known as Demodex, this is common in puppies and dogs with low immunity. Dogs with strong immunities will still show signs of Demodex by suffering hair loss, sore and inflamed skin.

4. Ringworm

Although this isn’t a parasite, ringworms are highly contagious and can spread between animals and humans. If your dogs have ringworms they will suffer from itchy and scaly skin along with hair loss and skin inflammation.

5. Allergies

If you want your vet to be able to pinpoint the exact reason for your dog’s allergies please be sure to note down all foods your dogs eat, including the kind of treats, bones and table scraps they’re fed. If you’ve installed new beds or changed laundry detergents, make sure you tell your vet everything so they’re able to provide your dog with a supplement to keep their skin and coat healthy.

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