Thursday, July 18, 2013

Symptoms and Treatments For Dog Skin Diseases

Skin diseases on dogs are one of the most common health problems all dogs have. And, this can be a big headache for owners if these diseases are not treated properly and immediately. They will not only affect the appearance of your dog, but also create nuisance to the dog itself and also humans. There are several types of skin disease that are prone to happen to your dogs. Skin diseases might due to allergy, hygiene, weak immune system or attack from mites. Some of the symptoms can be easily detected especially when your dog experience itchiness at a particular area and keep on scratching it. Fool smell and hair loss are some of the other common symptoms. In this article, you can find out some of the common skin disease, each of the symptoms and general treatment methods. The skin diseases are categorized into 3 sub-categories: Flea Allergy Dermatitis, Immune-mediated Skin Disease and Infectious Skin Disease.


Flea Allergy Dermatitis is the allergy of dogs towards the saliva of fleas. The bite area will become slightly swollen and itchy. Your dog will tend to always scratch and bite on that area and resulting hair loss. Identify the problem due to flea by checking on the fur of your pet. If you can find lots of small black dots on the fur, those are the flea feces. Immediate treatment is to select flea repellent products with Etofenprox, Pyrethrin or Permethrin. They not only kill the fleas but also repel them. Bathe your dog regularly with flea repellant shampoo. Fleas tend to infest moist and shady areas. Clean and spray insecticide with Pyriproxyfen or Methoprene to your dog' corner to kill of fleas and destroy their eggs and larva. Keep the infected dogs away from other. Repeat the above procedures until your dog is flea-free.

Immune-mediated Skin Diseases are maladies result from irregular activity of immune system. These diseases are not contagious. Canine Atopic Dermatitis which is caused by hypersensitive to certain allergens such as mites, dust, pollen, mold, certain types of food, weather and etc. Symptoms of the disease are itchiness especially around the eyes, abdomen and paws, hair loss and skin darkening. Identify the allergen and keep away it from your dog. Steroids, fatty acid ailments (fish oil) and anti-bacteria shampoo can be used to relieve the itchiness. Canine Follicular Dysplasia is a genetic disease that causes the dog to lose hair. Parts on the neck area, back, hind legs and tails are placed this symptoms normally appear. Treatment for this disease is rarely successful. It happens to a dog when it is around 2-4 years old.

Infectious Skin Diseases are some of the more worrisome maladies. They are contagious to both your dogs and you. Commonly know infectious skin diseases are caused by mites which are called Manges. Depending on the types of mites, there are 3 types of them: Demodectic Mange, Sarcoptic Mange and Cheyletiella Mange (dandruff symptom). Symptoms for Manges are itchiness, sore and hair loss. Initial control by using anti-bacterial shampoo and anti-itch shampoo will help. However, it is recommended to bring your dogs to veterinarian once the above symptoms appear because they may have been infected by more severe Sarcoptic Mange.

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