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Common Issues with Your Dog’s Skin

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Your dog will most likely love running and jumping into all manner of bushes and lakes. In fact, you are probably taking a wet dog covered in leaves and grass, home with you at the end of every walk. Although this is fun for them, and won’t hurt them, they can suffer skin problems related to things they encounter on their travels.

Trying to find out the best way to treat your dog if they have a skin problem, is best done by a vet. However, there are things you can do to help prevent and treat some of these common issues.

Itchy Skin

Having a dog with itchy skin is probably the most common complaint that vets see. It is called pruritus and is the result of some issue that is affecting your dog’s skin. You may have seen your dog constantly scratching or biting an area of their body. It can be uncomfortable for the dog and also distressing for you.

The causes of pruritus are many and varied, so it is important that you seek advice from your vet before trying other treatments.

Allergies

There are many things that can cause an allergic reaction in your dog. Because they come into contact with a variety of things in the course of their day, it is important to try and find the cause.

One common cause is a flea allergy when the dog gets bitten. Although you may not have any fleas in your home, they can be picked up outside or off other dogs that they meet. It can cause severe itching and biting from just one flea bite.

Using a flea treatment such as those supplied by Pet Action can kill fleas the moment they come into contact with the dog. It will limit the amount of contact your dog has with active fleas and reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

Another allergy is food related, though this is much less common than you might think. It is caused by a reaction from your dog’s immune system to something within that food. Trying to trace what food is the cause requires a strict elimination diet under the careful watch of your vet. Once the culprit is identified, you should eliminate any food with this ingredient to prevent further reactions.

Sores and Hot Spots

Otherwise known as dermatitis, the spots are often caused by mites or flea bites for those dogs that are not allergic. It can also be caused by a bacterial infection that could have originated from the bite itself.

Taking your dog to the vet can help to diagnose the cause of the hot spots, and help with treatment. The earlier you seek help from your vet, the quicker it will heal and the less distress it will cause to your dog.

No one likes to see their pet in any distress, and trying to get to the cause of the issue can take a long time. That is why it is important to seek professional help if the cause is unknown.

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