Dogs are also sensitive to certain skin diseases. It is therefore important to regularly check your dog for infections of the skin. A visit to the vet provides clarity, your veterinarian can tell you what type of infection it is. In addition, the vet will prescribe the right medication so that the infection disappears.
Why do dogs have skin infections ?
The main reason why dogs suffer from infections is the texture of their fur. The skin can not dry properly after the coat has become wet. Then the skin is the ideal breeding ground for various skin infections. In addition, dogs tend to scratch and lick their wounds. This can lead to small cracks in the skin where bacteria can spread quickly, which can eventually lead to inflammation.
Skin infections in dogs
Skin inflammation of dogs can be caused by fungi, bacteria, parasites and allergies. To give you a good overview, below is a list of the most common skin infections that can occur in dogs, and their causes.
Bacterial skin infections
Bacterial skin infections in dogs are usually: staph bacteria. People can not suffer in these kinds of skin infections. Symptoms that occur during this bacterial infection are :
– Yellow pustules
– festering skin
– Hair loss
– Unpleasant smell
The infections can occur on the whole body of the dog. In pups, this infection usually takes place on the stomach. Go to the vet for treatment with your dog.
Fungal infections of the skin of your dog are often caused by the fungi Microsporum and Trichophyton. Such an infection can be identified by circular bald patches. Usually visible on the head and the legs of the dog. If this fungus is not treated, the fungus spreads all over the body. So do not wait too long to go to the vet!
The veterinarian will treat this infection by shaving the hair around the affected area, then this infection area is washed with a special shampoo. Fungal diseases are transmissible, so always make sure that you wash your dogs well after touching the infection area. Also try to avoid contact between children and your dog to reduce the risk of a communicable infection.
– Hypersensitivity to allergy-causing substances or allergens.
– The allergy is often caused by fluid saliva.
– A flea is sufficient to cause allergy in dogs.
– Allergies usually occur during the cold seasons.
Hormonal skin infections
These infections are difficult to diagnose. Hormonal skin infections are caused by the thyroid gland, the adrenal glands or the ovaries. If too many or too few hormones are spread, you can recognize this by the change in the skin. The skin becomes thinner or thicker. In addition, you can see a color change of the skin and coat. Hypothyroidism is detected by blood tests, but is difficult to diagnose and treat in some cases.