Dermatitis in Dogs
The most common health problems in canines are skin disorders, which can be brought about by a myriad of issues. Some ailments, however, can be transferred to humans. If you see your dog scratching and biting at himself frequently, then he may have dermatitis. Dermatitis refers to an inflammatory itching of the skin; occurrences such as allergies, the environment, bacteria, viruses, or poor nutrition can cause such problems. Depending on how severe the affliction is, treatment may be quite simple or time consuming and strenuous. Digestive enzymes can be used to treat skin conditions like dermatitis.
Canine Acral Lick Dermatitis happens when continuous licking of an area occurs.; eventually, the area will become infected. Tension is at times, the culprit with ALD; the licking and chewing is actually a way for pooches to release tension. Animals get bored if they are restricted for long periods of time, some may believe they are actually being punished. In addition, adding other pets or people to the household can stress out your pup. Moreover, trauma from arthritis, skin cancer, and inflammation can also lead to sporadic gnawing on the fur.
Any breed can accrue dermatitis, but those more prone are; Border Collies, German Shepherd, Dalmatians, Dobermans, Great Danes, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and the Irish Setter classes. Evolution Pets offers SkinPlex which are digestive enzymes for dogs, which are designed to help relieve and heal many skin infections, to include eczema and dermatitis.
What is Canine Pyoderma?
Canine Pyoderma is also known as Bacterial Folliculitis; the definition for pyoderma actually means, pus on the skin. It can refer to bacterial infections very common to dogs and cats. Usually, the canine spectrum requires antibiotic treatment, either topically or with oral medications. Most breeds will contract a pyoderma variation at some point, however, German Shepherd and Weimaraner appear to be the most susceptible.
Contact Dermatitis happens if an animal gets in contact with some type of irritant within the environment. Such things as carpet cleaner, flea collars and bleach can severely irritate the epidermis until it becomes itchy and reddened. Because of the normal protection of the dog’s hair, contact dermatitis is not as common as other conditions. When it does develop, it will usually be in areas where hair is thin; symptoms include itching, blisters, and redness. There are no particular breeds that are more prone to such a rash.
What is Canine Mange?
Then, there is, the all too well-known Sarcoptic Mange, caused by the Sarcoptes Mite. With this occurence, the animal’s skin becomes very irritated, usually affecting the legs, chest, abdomen, and ears.
Another irritation is Hot Spots, or Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, caused by bacteria. These manifest as red, moist, hairless areas within the coat. You will usually see this in the hot and humid time of the year, it is often instigated by allergies. Breeds prone to this are Boxers, Bulldogs, Dobermans, Collies, Dachshunds, Great Danes, Sheepdogs, Shar-Pei, Staffordshire Terriers, Beagles, Chihuahuas, and Shih-Tzus and Pugs.
Adding to the plethora of canine dermal afflictions, is the well-known problem is flea allergies. This is a very common allergy in dogs; most of the time, you will actually find few fleas causing such an instance. These skin allergies can be reduced with enzymes and the problem at hand is the allergic reaction to the fleas themselves. If this occurs, they will itch constantly, in turn, becoming hot spots. Symptoms to look for are severe itching, chewing and biting about the tail, legs and bottom, hot spots on their faces, and lesions that ooze. Fleas suck their host’s blood and have a lifespan of 6 to 12 months. The adult flea is usually found on a host, but can also survive in the environment such as your carpet or furniture. All dogs are prone to flea dermatitis, but some breeds tend to more prone, such as Bishon Frise.
Skin Fold Dermatitis (Intertrigo)
Skin fold dermatitis affects pugs because of the large amount of wrinkled skin, especially on their head. Due to the size of the pug’s head and all the excess skin that is there to cover it, the wrinkles occur. The skin rubbing together with the hair causes an irritation and contributes to such a condition. If your pug has issues with Intertrigo, the suggestion is that they not be bred. The hot humid weather makes this manifestation worse and your pet should be checked frequently for problems. Taking care of your companion is highly important if you want them to be healthy and happy, so remember, take care of your dog and they will care for you.