Dog Skin Problems And Their Treatments
Finding the proper treatment for dog skin problems lies in finding the underlying reason for them. A trip to the vet will be the best course of action to take to determine what the cause is in order to find a resolution that is speedy and lasting. The vet will take a look at such factors as the season it is, the dog’s diet, where the discomfort is located and the breed of the pet.
Some dogs have allergies to certain ingredients in their dog food, others can have seasonal allergies. If the dog is not too old the problem could be genetic. Take a look at the size and the shape of the irritation as well as how far it has spread and let the vet know what was discovered. If it is not widespread it could be a fungal or a bacterial problem in just that one spot.
Just one flea could cause a dog to be miserable, this could be the reason for all the scratching if the dog is allergic to fleas and they will get a rash from the bite. If you feel a lump, there could be a tumor that needs to be removed. An abnormal growth will cause changes in the color of the skin and the hair. For the dog with a dull coat, this could be an indicator of a hormonal issue.
If the tests are positive for a bacterial infection, antibiotics will be prescribed. However, this usually is an indicator of another problem such as a hormone imbalance or an allergic reaction. Tests will show the type of infection and then treatment can be administered.
When antibiotics are prescribed they will need to be taken for several weeks depending on the severity of the problem. Allergies can cause the skin to itch and allergy shots can be given to provide relief. Antihistamines may also be needed and can cause the dog to become drowsy.
Seborrhea is a condition that refers to the accumulation of keratin that blocks the sebaceous glands and causes the hair to become greasy and the skin to become dry. Certain breeds are prone to this disorder, but it could be due to allergies, parasites or hormonal problems. Treatment involves elimination of the underlying cause, natural remedies can boost the immune system and strengthen the coat and skin. The use of cleansing lotions can help.
Just as with people, fatty acids are an important supplement for healthy skin. Safflower oil, primrose oil and sunflower oil are all linoleic acids and can provide relief for itchiness. Another great oil to use is fish oil. If the problem is seasonal, glucocorticoid shots can be used to provide relief and last for a month or two. Homeopathic solutions also work well.
To eliminate food allergies it is best to put the pet on a hypoallergenic regime for a couple of months. This will tell if the dog has allergies to certain proteins. There are brands of dog food made specifically for this purpose.
I’m a canine health guru who specializes in dogs with skin problems.