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    Dog Skin Problems

    One of the most unpleasant ailments that can affect your dog on a daily basis are allergies.

    Just like with humans, there are many different allergies they can suffer from, and it is a real problem that impacts so many owners, costing them hundreds of dollars a year to keep under control.

    The worst thing, other than there being so many different allergies, is that anything can trigger them, particularly the weather, humidity, rain and temperatures. Dog skin problems are manageable for the most part, as opposed to curable.

    Here are a list of common dog skin problems and how to combat them; they are not quick or easy, but hopefully they’ll stop people from sending their dogs away to homes. It is possible for you and your dog to live a happy, fulfilling life together for the long-term.

    But it is always good to protect against possible long term issues, in any case it may be worth looking at a list of pet insurance companies. Here’s some crucial information that can help.

    1. Dermatitis

    Dermatitis is something that humans suffer from a lot, and that means there is a good chance that they understand how to deal with it. This is a dog skin problem that usually occurs when your pup has been in physical contact with the environment, which usually means plants, grass, bugs and other things of that ilk. Your dog loves to play, so unfortunately you are going to have to deal with scabs on your dog’s paws and legs, dry skin, spots and them constantly scratching themselves. They are not human, they don’t know when to stop or what is causing it, and they probably won’t care. But if they get dermatitis, you have to take care of it quickly. Another dog skin problem that can come from dermatitis, after contact with water, is what is referred to as ‘hot spot’. A key dog skin problem is a patch of it appearing as a result of constant biting, chewing and scratching that removes the fur, and it is always important to check for healthy paws; this is the most common first symptom of dermatitis and itchy skin in dogs. There is also nutritional dermatitis, which is when your pup begins to get a rash because of a lack of a good diet and general nutrition; it is so important that your dog is well fed with good food and drinks plenty of water to stop them dehydrating too. Remember, your dog is not meant to be a vegetarian, so remember that meat is a crucial food for them to eat.

    1. Fleas and Mites

    If your dog has dry skin, a huge reason for that could be that it has fleas or has been bitten by mites. The easiest way to see if this is the case is to check for bumps or scabs on dogs’ skin. But the best way to get a diagnosis on this issue, even before you treat it, is to head to the vets; if you don’t have dog insurance that is. There are specific medicines designed just for dogs to combat flea and mite bites, but some are more suited to your dog than others so it is important to allow your vet to make the decision on which your dog needs to take. This is one of the most common dog skin problems, and you need to cut it at source, which means eliminating the different kind of insects that may be biting your dog.

    1. Skin Allergies

    Another major cause of dog skin problems and one of the leading reasons many pet owners take their dogs to the vets, is skin allergies. There are many reasons why dogs get allergies and they can’t always be helped. Studies show that an increasing number of dogs with itchy skin are being bred poorly, which results in them being more prone to health conditions such as allergies. Skin allergies, a lot like dermatitis, can be frustrating for dog owners as much as dogs themselves because it isn’t obvious where they come from. But to a trained she, like a vet for example, it is quite simple when it comes to combating allergies as they sulk have seen most of them before. But you can treat them yourself with Hydrocortisone products. Antihistamines are also important, while you could sooth your dog, in some cases, and please check with your vet before doing this, by bathing them. Allergies come from exposure to a foreign stimulant, and the dangerous thing is they can come from anywhere; inhaling dust can cause them, as well as food and drugs (which you will see in the next section). A dog’s most common defence against an allergy is not the same as humans, who cough and sneeze usually. Dogs will mainly scratch the irritated, itchy skin.

    1. Food and drug allergies

    This dog skin problem is very similar to skin allergies in a way, but with some differences. The reaction can be the same, with your dog having itchy skin, but they can also vomit as these allergies are nose commonly caused by a specific ingredient in the food they have just eaten. There have also been cases of dogs going into anaphylactic shock after eating certain foods, so they can be particularly dangerous in specific cases. Once again, poor breeding is seen as a huge cause for these issues, which is worrying because food allergies are said to be the main cause of ten percent of these issues. The process of elimination is the best way of dealing with food allergy issues, and they can be combated once you have found the issue with specific allergy friendly dog food. But it is also important to remember the difference between an allergy and an intolerance; allergies are much more serious, causing shocks and general harm your dog’s body, while a food intolerance can be a slight bad reaction to eating some food in the same way that a human can have a bad stomach after eating spicy food.

    1. Hives

    Yet another dog skin problem are Hives. Dogs, other animals and even humans can suffer from Hives during their lifetimes. This is where bumps on dogs’ skin become prevalent, they itch and cause pain in your dog and are among the most unpleasant of dog skin infections. They are very fast to appear and develop in about half an hour, but can be removed within 24 hours once the cause of them has been dealt with; they can be caused by insect bites, topical applications and medicines. Treatments can differ depending on the cause, but most of the time vets will recommend antihistamines. You can also bathe your dog in hypoallergenic shampoo, which may also help soothe the dry skin, marks and infections generally. Rinsing the skin then should remove the allergens.

    1. Contact Allergies

    Dogs can be very susceptible to contact allergies, which are one of the most dangerous dog skin allergies because they occur with direct skin contact. This means that when your dog is playing in the garden, rolling in dirt or swimming in the sea or a pool, they are in danger of getting an allergy infection. Chlorine in swimming water is particularly dangerous for certain dogs. Again, like with Hives, the best way to combat these allergies is to bathe your pooch in allergy relief shampoo, which will reduce both their discomfort and any physical marks from the allergy. But long term skin damage is possible and a potential issue; if you are worried about it, contact your vet as soon as you can.

    How to take care of your dog’s skin.

    Below are five bullet point tips for taking care of your dog’s skin.

    • If you are bathing your dog, use the special anti-allergen shampoos as told to by your vet. But if you don’t have any or your vet hasn’t prescribed any, use conditioner. But don’t just put it on and wash it off, leave it on so it can soak into the skin and fur and work it’s magic.

    • Give your dog fish oil capsules at mealtimes. This depends on the size of dog you have; if it is an average size, give it 100mg, but make it slightly less for a small dog and more for a big one.

    • Give them Benodryl if they are struggling to sleep. The amount should be a milligram per pound in weight so again this mainly depends on the breed you have. But never exceed 50mg per day.

    • The most common cause of itchy skin in dogs is fleas, and they’re easy to diagnose. If they are there, they’ll be jumping all over the place, and you’ll have to administer tick medicine, such as Biospot.

    • Manage their food intake and try non-allergy food if you notice recurring symptoms.