It might be easy to think that taking care of a dog is as simple as giving it food, a bath, exercise, and lots of cuddles. However, there are some concerns that come with dog-rearing that owners should be made aware of – like dog skin disease problems.
This is actually a common issue that is often overlooked by many dog owners. If ignored for a prolonged period, it can actually become a serious problem. Not only will it might be extra difficult to treat, but also the discomfort that your poor dog might feel could be tremendously pronounced.
There are a number of skin disease types that develop in dogs. The more simple ones are usually connected to several allergies a dog might have. The problem begins with a particular inhalant, a single flea, or even a food allergy: it can get in their systems and wreak havoc on the skin in the form of bite marks, hot spots, or dryness.
When you discover any of these signs, your first step should always be to bring your dog to the vet and have it professionally diagnosed. If you are not sure of what caused the allergy, the vet will be able to pinpoint the culprit and therefore provide the necessary remedies.
At the same time, some kinds of skin diseases require faster action and a higher degree of medical attention.
Left alone, your dog can suffer from hot spots as a result of unattended skin problems. These are scattered red patches that can sometimes be swollen. Hot spots are the result of infections that occur on your dog’s skin.
There are a number of reasons as to why a dog gets hot spots, and the more common of them includes allergies (resulting from the examples that were previously mentioned) or agitated biting when your dog is feeling stressed out or anxious.
When a dog gets a hot spot, it has to be treated right away to prevent it from multiplying and getting worse. Treatment usually includes a round of antibiotics prescribed by a doctor, but you can also hasten the healing by preventing your dog from licking the affected area.
Download Our Free Training Course
Get Instant Access to the Secret Training Course and Unleash the "Hidden Intelligence" in your dog
Discouraging your dog from licking a hot spot can be done by applying cayenne pepper or spraying bitter spray on the area.
There are also a number of creams that can be applied to bring down the swelling and relieve your dog of the itching that accompanies a hotspot. Sometimes these creams may even be enough to stop the problem and restore your dog’s skin condition.
However, there might be cases wherein a cream might only relieve the dog of the discomfort and not exactly heal it; when this is the case, a trip to the vet is required as your pooch might already be in need of antibiotics or even a special type of cone to prevent further biting and itching.
Believe it or not, dogs also get skin cancer. Melanomas can develop in dogs when they have prolonged sun exposure. It might be difficult to pinpoint the telltale spots that signal carcinoma if your dog has dark or long fur, as owners usually do not spend copious amounts of time looking under and through fur for these spots.
Then again they should, because when these skin cancers do occur and end up getting ignored, they can grow into tumors.
By this time, you would already be aware that there is something wrong with your dog, because a tumor can easily be palpated. In fact, you might not need to do a physical inspection right away to know there is a tumor: a simple observation that your dog is biting or scratching quite excessively will be enough to alert you about the possibility of this serious condition.
Immediately palpate your dog to check for any masses that may have formed, and if there are make a trip to see the vet right away. Do this ASAP because this type of condition has no home remedy or treatment.
Dry and Damaged Skin
For many people, a dog that has dry skin might seem like such a basic issue. However, beneath the surface lies a few uncomfortable issues associated with dry skin that your poor dog might already be experiencing.
For starters, skin that is excessively dry can result in pronounced hair loss, damage and pain around the skin and any sensitive areas. When this happens, those particular areas are at a greater risk of developing hot spots as well as other infections that might need medication as a form of treatment.
Switch to a more moisturizing shampoo for your dog if you determine that it has dry skin. This is so that the necessary oils are restored in their coat, which will prevent their skin from drying out too much. Another suggestion is to get a humidifier for use in the house so that your dog’s skin will not get too dry (plus points for helping you breathe much better as well).
Your dog’s skin can go through sensitive issues just like you would. However, a dog can be worse off because it cannot alert you to the pain and discomfort that accompanies this condition. It cannot verbalize on the fact that its skin itches, and will have to resort on relieving itself on its own – usually by excessive scratching, which will actually make the problem much worse.
Therefore, it is important that you pay extra close attention to their behaviors and zero in on the times when you think they are feeling some form of discomfort.
The earlier you discover these health concerns, the easier and faster your solutions will work. And if your dog is showing the signs related to having hot spots, severe infections, or cancers, schedule a checkup with your vet right away to discuss advanced treatment options.
For these types of health concerns, there is no room for you to try home treatment and just leave it to the animal medical professional.