Dog Skin Issues
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 cause.
Possible causes range from parasites to allergies or underlying illness. Following an earlier article on skin issues in dogs, I have listed below some more common canine skin problems.
Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but by a fungus. The term “ring” comes from the circular patches that can form anywhere, but are often found on a dog’s head, paws, ears and forelegs.
Inflammation, scaly patches and hair loss often surround the lesions. Puppies, less than a year old are the most susceptible and the infection can spread quickly between dogs in a kennel or at home. Various anti-fungal treatments are available. Homeopathy could help as well.
Superficial bacterial folliculitis is an infection that causes sores, bumps and scabs on the skin. These skin abnormalities are easier to see in shorthaired dogs.
In longhaired dogs, the most obvious symptoms may be a dull coat and shedding with scaly skin underneath.
Folliculitis often occurs in conjunction with other skin problems, such as mange, allergies or injury. Treatment may include oral antibiotics and antibacterial ointments or shampoos. Homeopathy can also offer solutions.
Mange is a skin disorder caused by tiny parasites called mites. Sarcoptic mange, also known as canine scabies, spreads easily among dogs and can also be transmitted to people, but the parasites don’t survive on humans. The symptoms are intense itching, red skin, sores, and hair loss. A dog’s ears, face and legs are most commonly affected.
Demodectic mange can cause bald spots, scabbing, and sores, but it is not contagious between animals or people.
Treatment depends on the type of mange. You will need patience as it takes time to kill all the mites and the eggs.
Dry, Flaky Skin
Dry, flaky skin can be a red flag for a number of problems. It’s a common symptom of allergies, mange, and other skin diseases. But most often, dry or flaky skin is nothing serious. Like people, some dogs simply get dry skin in the winter. If this seems to cause your pet discomfort, consult your veterinarian and/or get Homeopathic treatment for your dog.
If you notice a hard lump on your dog’s skin, point it out to your vet as soon as possible. Dogs can develop cancerous tumours in their skin. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of cancer is to biopsy the tumour. If the lump is small enough, your veterinarian may recommend removing it entirely. This can provide a diagnosis and treatment with a single procedure. For tumours that have not spread, this may be the only treatment needed.
In rare cases, skin lesions or infections that won’t heal can indicate an immune disorder in your dog. One of the best known is lupus, a disease that affects dogs and people. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body’s immune system attacks its own cells. Symptoms include skin abnormalities and kidney problems. It can be fatal if untreated. Homeopathy can help in rebalancing the immune system.
Anal Sac Disease
As if dog poop weren’t smelly enough, dogs release a foul-smelling substance when they do their business. The substance comes from small anal sacs, which can become impacted if they don’t empty properly.
The hallmark of impacted anal sacs is a dog scooting his bottom along the ground. Other symptoms include biting or licking the anal area.
A vet can manually express full anal sacs, but in severe cases, the sacs may be surgically removed. This may lead to other problems though. Homeopathy has remedies that can help stimulate the release of anal sac substance.
If you have an animal that has physical or mental issues and you would like to treat your animal with Homeopathy or Bowen Therapy, please feel free to contact me.
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The information contained in this website is not intended to replace guidance from your veterinarian. Bowen Therapy and Homeopathy are complementary to veterinary treatment and the general care of the animal.