Skin Disorders in Dogs : You Need To Know How To Cure and Treat Them
"If you notice your dog doing a lot of scratching or licking, your dog may have a skin disorder. Depending on the type and severity, you may be able to alleviate your dog's suffering using a spray or salve. It can sometimes to be tricky to figure out what is causing the problem, in which case it could be necessary to consult a veterinarian. Skin Disorders in Dogs : You Need To Know How To Cure and Treat Them
Here are some skin disorders that could be causing your dog's suffering:
Flea allergy dermatitis
If a dog is allergic to flea saliva, flea bites could cause an allergic reaction, resulting in scratching, scabs and hair loss. If your dog has a lot of fleas, loss of blood could occur, resulting in anemia. Flea allergy dermatitis often appears on the lower back or thighs, but it could appear anywhere on the dog.
Fleas may be hard to spot, so you can also look for black, brown or red specks known as flea dirt, which is made up of dried flea excrement and blood.
If you do find evidence of fleas on your dog, getting rid of the fleas using a salve, spray, oral medication or other method is not sufficient. It will also be necessary to thoroughly clean your floors, carpet, bedding and anywhere else that fleas could be hiding, and, if necessary, consult an exterminator.
Many dogs have mites that are transferred to them early in life by their mothers. These mites are often harmless, but could also result in mange. An early sign of mange is thinning hair in the areas of the eyes and mouth leading to hairless patches. If a puppy comes down with mange, it may heal on its own. But if mange develops into the generalized form, hairless patches could appear on the head, trunk and legs and medical treatment will probably be required, particular if the dog is over a year old.
Acute moist dermatitis (hot spots on dogs)
More commonly known as hot spots on dogs, these are lesions that are moist, red, irritated and sometimes exude pus. Typical locations include the head and chest, but hot spots could appear anywhere. They are more likely to occur in breeds with long hair and heavy coats. Canines that have grooming issues such as matted coats may be at higher risk for hot spots on dogs.
A veterinarian may prescribe a special powder, salve or shampoo for treatment of hot spots, and may prescribe oral antibiotics in the event of a deeper infection.
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