No matter his age, breed or gender, a dog’s skin provides several key health functions. It accounts for 24% of a young puppy’s body weight and 13% of an adult dog’s, providing a vital protective layer that’s a first defence against the nasties of the outside world. Smooth and healthy skin can also hold your dog’s hair better and will repair itself more quickly if he gets scratched. For these reasons, it’s vital that his skin is healthy as part of his overall physical wellbeing.
His first defence is healthy skin
Your dog’s outward appearance is among the best indicators of his wellbeing. Skin irritation in dogs, hair loss, and scratching can all indicate a problem. If something looks wrong, the first thing you should do is visit your vet who can help you find the source of his ailment. However, seeing how he reacts to a variety of outside factors can help you determine the source of sensitivity or pinpoint an allergy.
Itchy skin is frequently due to allergies. Allergies can result from contact with, or inhalation/ingestion of any number of allergens, from flea bites and dust mites to a particular food. Your vet will be able to help identify the allergy.
1. Seasonal Factors
The sun, wind, snow, rain, cold, and heat – these can all trigger sensitive skin in dogs.
2. Environmental Factors
Dirt, dust and pollutants can trigger skin allergies in dogs, or aggravate their sensitive skin.
3. Other Factors
Your dog’s sensitive skin may also be affected by other factors, including stress, dry skin, and obesity.