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If you’re like most owners you’ll know when your dog has a skin problem. In fact, most dogs skin problems are hard to miss because they make them so obvious.

Look out for signs like:

  • excessive scratching, biting, or licking
  • frequent rubbing of his face or body against furniture or on carpets.
  • scabs, scaly patches, or rashes on his skin.
  • flakes, bald patches, or lumps in his fur.

There can be many different causes of skin problems in dogs. Five of the most common are:

Fleas:

Fleas are tiny parasites that live off the blood of mammals. Their bites and droppings can irritate your dogs skin causing him to scratch or lick himself excessively. To make the problem worse, some canines are allergic to the flea’s bite. They will keep on scratching, even when the fleas have been successfully removed.

There are numerous over-the-counter treatments available for flea’s, but many don’t work. Some can actually make the problem worse, as some dogs are allergic to the treatment. The best advice when your dog has fleas is to go and see a vet.

Ringworm:

Ringworm is a highly contagious, fungal infection. Common symptoms are inflammation, scabby patches, and hair loss. If you think your dog has ringworm then you should get him treated quickly to avoid infecting other dogs and people.

Skin infections:

Bacterial or yeast infections are common skin allergies that dogs get when the skin has become damaged due to another skin disorder.

Food allergies:

Like almost everything we eat, dog food is made up of a number of different ingredients. In the same way that humans can be allergic to certain things they eat, so can dogs. Common ingredients found in dog food that your dog maybe allergic to are wheat, corn, or soy. If you think your dog has a food allergy, try changing his diet.

Grooming products:

Grooming productsAgain, like people, some dogs can be irritated by certain shampoos and grooming products. If you notice your dog starts scratching and licking more after you have given him a bath, then the cleaning products you are using maybe the problem. Try using a different brand of soap or shampoo and only use grooming products that are intended for use with animals.

Treating Common Skin Problems In Dogs

The causes of skin problems in dogs can be many and varied. If you notice your dog has a problem, then the best advice is to seek the help of a vet rather than try and treat the problem yourself.

Common Skin Problems Takeaways

  • Fleas: bites will irritate your dogs skin.
  • Ringworm: infectious fungal infection.
  • Infections: from other skin disorders.
  • Food Allergies: Ingredients in dog foods.
  • Grooming: Soaps and shampoos.

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