Tracy Richards, Managing Director and Founder of Aqueos, talks us through the most common skin problems and how to deal with them.
You've settled down for a relaxing evening and your dog decides to join you by the fire. All is fine until he starts scratching....and no matter what you do, he just won't stop!
It’s obvious your poor dog is uncomfortable, and chances are, he’s suffering from a skin condition. Unfortunately, there are many different issues he could be suffering from as most skin conditions include itching as one of their symptoms.
These are the most common skin conditions in dogs, and some of the symptoms to look out for:
This condition is characterised by itchy, flaky skin. Causes include nutrient deficiency, dry climate, under or over-grooming and bathing, and neutering. Eliminating the cause is important if you do not want this to keep re-occurring, before soothing the skin with a good shampoo.
If your dog has itchy paws, anal areas, armpits and ears (especially large and floppy ones), suspect a yeast infection, particularly in the summertime as it thrives in warm and damp weather. It’s a fungus that loves crevices and skin folds, delighting in the moist darkness it finds there. It can also be quite smelly! It generally means there is a problem inside the digestive tract, so you will need to treat that area as well as his skin.
Constantly scratching, thinning or bald areas, lots of dry specks of skin – sounds likea case of dandruff! He may also suffer from scabs, and pimples. There are two types – oily or dry, and the shampoo you use is different for each type, so you’ll need the right type of shampoo for each type. Initially you’ll need to wash him about once a week, but once under control you can drop this to monthly.
The term mangy dog is used to describe a poor looking, run-down flea bitten creature, but in reality this is a real condition. Three types of microscopic mites – Cheyletiella (or walking dandruff as this mite can actually be seen moving around the coat), saroptic mange, and dermadectic mange, can live on your dog, causing severe itching. It common in puppies, but they normally will naturally recover without any specific treatment, but older dogs will need treatment. It’s also highly contagious to humans and other dogs, so treat it quickly to stop it spreading. The vet will likely give a course of Ivermectin, plus a topical skin treatment.
Sometimes known as hot spots, the dog suffers from angry red looking sores, which are inflamed, warm to the touch, painful and itchy. They can become pussy and omit a strong smell. Because dogs worry these areas, they often seem to appear very quickly.
Probably the biggest bane of not only your dog’s life, but yours too. If left untreated, these biting parasites can cause a mini pandemic in your home, resulting in a complete de-infestation. The best way to treat them is to give your dog regular flea treatment from the vet, to keep them at abeyance.
Although all of these conditions may have slightly different treatments, a good quality dog shampoo should always be kept at hand to prevent and treat where applicable. Aqueos anti-bacterial shampoo has anti-itching properties, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and soothes minor skin irritations. Use it regularly to keep your dog comfortable and calm. After all, a happy dog means a happy home!
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