Has your dog seemed particularly itchy lately? Does Fido’s fur look a bit thin? If so, your pooch may have a skin issue. Our canine pals are susceptible to a variety of problems that can affect their skin and coats! A Roanoke, VA vet lists some common ones below.
Fleas and ticks are the most common culprit, though they aren’t the only ones. Flea bites can make any pup itchy! However, sometimes dogs become allergic to flea saliva. If this happens, your pooch may become extra itchy or inflamed after flea bites. You may also notice hair loss. As for ticks, these tiny arachnids can spread a host of diseases, and can also carry bacteria.
There are two types of mange that can afflict Fido. Sarcoptic mange, also known as canine scabies, is the most common. This type usually affects dogs that are stray or neglected. The other kind, demodectic mange, is typically found in pups with compromised immune systems. Mange can cause partial or complete hair loss, scabbing, sores, and itchiness.
Just like people, dogs can become allergic to a variety of different substances. This is called allergic dermatitis. Your pet may also have reactions to lawn grasses, dust, pollen, mold, or even certain substances, such as carpet fibers. Food allergies can also cause skin problems, such as irritation and itchiness.
Another type of dermatitis is infectious dermatitis. This is typically caused by bacteria, fungus, or yeast. Ringworm would be one example of a fungal infection. This is spread through direct contact with a contaminated surface or animal. It leaves telltale rings of irritation, which are often accompanied by hair loss, dry skin, and/or inflammation. Yeast infections, on the other hand, are often caused by imbalance or overgrowth of funguses that are normally found on dogs’ skin. Dogs can also be susceptible to a variety of bacterial infections, or pyoderma. These can lead to issues such as sores, itching, and lesions.
Watch for signs that there is something going on with Fido’s skin, such as hair loss, redness, scaling, flaking, itching, odors, discoloration, and/or lesions. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything off. Ask your vet for tips on caring for your dog’s skin and coat.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Roanoke, VA animal clinic, today!