What’s Causing That Itch?

Here is a closer look at some of the most common skin conditions your dog may develop and how you can treat them.

By Guest Blogger Jane DeMeulemester

Acne. Itchy spots. Rashes. Irritation. You may be surprised to learn that humans are not the only ones who suffer from skin conditions. In fact, dogs are particularly susceptible to a range of skin conditions, many of which may not improve without proper attention. Here is a closer look at some of the most common skin conditions your furry friend may develop and how you can treat them.

How do you know your dog has a skin condition? Often, licking is one of the first symptoms. Your dog may lick the same part of its body repeatedly to soothe irritation or itching. Constant scratching is another common symptom of a skin issue. Other symptoms include redness, rashes; skin flakes; lumps and bumps; and patches of hair loss. It is important to remember while your dog’s itching may drive you crazy, your dog is trying to find relief from its symptoms.

Dogs can also have allergies, just like people do. For example, they can be allergic to pollen, dust mites, and grass, among other substances. If your dog starts itching suddenly, exposure to an allergen may be the cause. Dogs can also have food allergies, most commonly to different types of protein, including chicken, dairy, or even beef. A dog with a food allergy will often have itching in the face, ears, feet, and anus area.

Folliculitis refers to an inflammation of the hair follicles and can occur in conjunction with other skin conditions, such as an allergic reaction. Symptoms include open sores, scabs, and bumps.

A dog with ringworm may have crusty, circular bald patches and reddened skin on different areas of its body. Ringworm is a fungus that causes this kind of skin irritation.

Dogs can also develop yeast infections, especially in warm, hard-to-reach areas such as the insides of their ears and between their toes. Your dog may scratch and bite at the affected area, and the skin itself may be discolored and give off a bad odor.

Mange is a skin condition caused by mites. A dog with mange may be extremely itchy and have reddened skin in the infected areas; there may also be patches of hair loss.

Fleas can also cause excessive itching, especially if your dog is allergic to them. Other symptoms of fleas include red, irritated skin, and hair loss.

Dandruff, or flaky skin, can also affect your dog. Some dogs are more susceptible to having dry skin, especially during winter; in other cases, dandruff can be a symptom of an infection. For more information on how to treat these common skin conditions, check out the accompanying resource.

About the author

Jane DeMeulemester is a Digital Marketing Associate/Accountant for Banixx Pet HealthCare Products. The company distributes quality, trusted, affordable, USA-made topical solutions for myriad pet ailments. DeMeulemester brings more than 35 years of experience in the accounting management industry alongside 15 years of digital and print marketing experience to Banixx.

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