Common Canine Skin Problems – How to Spot and Treat

 


Skin complaints are a fairly common problem with canines, and for certain dogs it can be a consistent issue. If your dog is constantly scratching or licking a certain area, it could be the sign of an underlying skin condition. Have a look at our list of common skin complaints to help determine your canine’s cause for concern.

Yeast Infection: Typically occurs in the ears and between the toes, and looks like irritated, discoloured skin. Yeast infections generally respond well to topical medication and anti-fungal creams.

Hot Spots: Also known as acute moist dermatitis, hot spots are swollen, warm patches of skin that often exude pus and a bad smell. They can develop very quickly and grow in a matter of hours. Sometime caused by parasites or allergies, a lack of sufficient grooming is also a common cause of hot spots, especially during the moulting season, where loose hair gets trapped close to the skin. Hot spots can be very painful, and dogs suffering from this skin complaint may need a visit to the vet, along with a course of antibiotic steroids.

Eczema: As with us humans, eczema is bought on in canines for a variety of reasons – hot weather, stress or diet, for example. Eczema exhibits itself as dry, sore, flaky skin; help soothe it by washing your dog with a gentle shampoo such as Groomers Evening Primrose Oil Shampoo, formulated for dry, sensitive skin. You should also try and keep your dog’s nails clean and trim so they do not exacerbate the situation by scratching.

Ringworm: Caused by a fungus, ringworm creates inflammation, hives and scally skin patches. Treat ringworm easily with anti-fungal cram, available through your vet.

Parasites: Fleas, ticks and mites are frequent causes of canine skin irritation, producing itching, red sores, hair loss and scabbing. Prevention is better than cure with parasites – ensure you keep your dog treated for fleas, ticks and mites, and take your dog to the vet if concerned of infection.

Dry Skin: Sometimes, dogs simply suffer from dry, flaky skin. Certain breeds are pre-disposed to skin complaints throughout life; manage the issue by using the right shampoos, conditioners and soothing creams such as Groomers EPOC Cream with evening primrose oil, specifically designed for dogs.