Skin Problems in Dogs.
Watching your dog constantly scratching or licking can be distressing and irritating. But don’t blame your dog for these bad habits — a skin condition is probably the culprit. Possible causes range from parasites to allergies or underlying illness. Below an overview with images of some of the most common canine skin problems.
If your dog can’t seem to stop scratching an ear or licking his/her toes, ask your Vet to check for a yeast infection. Symptoms include irritated, itchy, or discoloured skin. The infection usually strikes the paws or ears, where yeast has a warm space to grow. Yeast infections are easy to diagnose and often respond well to a topical treatment and/or Homeopathic support.
Dogs can have allergic reactions to grooming products, food, and environmental irritants, such as pollen, certain plants or insect bites. A dog with allergies may scratch relentlessly, and a peek at the skin often reveals an bad rash. The most effective treatment is to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens. However that can be difficult. Corticosteroids from the Vet can provide relief for itchy rashes. But this usually does not solve the cause of the problem and the rash may re-appear. A more gentle way of treatment is using a Homeopathic remedy. This can help solving allergic skin reactions in your dog, with a lasting result.
Hot Spots, also called acute moist dermatitis, are small areas that appear red, irritated, and inflamed. They are most commonly found on a dog’s head, hips, or chest, and often feel hot to the touch. Hot Spots can result from a wide range of conditions, including infections, allergies, insect bites, or excessive licking and chewing. Treatment consists of cleansing the hot spot and addressing the underlying condition. Homeopathy can help with Hot Spots.
Fleas are annoying for any pet owner. You may not see the tiny insects themselves, but flea droppings or eggs are usually visible in a dog’s coat. Other symptoms include excessive licking or scratching, scabs and hot spots. Severe flea infestations can cause blood loss and anaemia. It can also expose your dog to other parasites, such as tapeworms. Treatment may include a topical and/or oral flea killer and a thorough cleaning of the pet’s home and yard. There are natural flea treatment products available.
Ticks, like fleas, are external parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. You can spot a tick feeding on your dog with the naked eye. To properly remove a tick, grasp the tick with tweezers close to the dog’s skin, and gently pull it straight out. Twisting or pulling too hard may cause the head to remain lodged in your dog’s skin, which can lead to infection. If you live in an area where ticks are common, you may want to consider using tick repellent products.
Shedding and Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Anyone who shares their home with dogs knows that they shed. How much shedding is normal for a dog depends on the breed, the time of year, and the environment. But sometimes stress, poor nutrition, or illness can cause a dog to lose more hair than usual. If abnormal or excessive shedding persists for more than a week, or you notice patches of missing fur, you may want your dog checked to see what is causing the problem. Homeopathy can help with Alopecia.
Seborrhea causes a dog’s skin to become greasy and develop scales (dandruff). In some cases, it’s a genetic disease that begins when a dog is young and lasts a lifetime. However most dogs with seborrhea develop the scaling as a complication of another medical problem, such as allergies or hormonal abnormalities. In these cases, it is vital to treat the underlying cause so symptoms do not recur. Homeopathy may be able to help in these cases.
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