Allergic dermatitis – reactions to food, environmental irritants
or grooming products can cause dry and itchy skin which is characteristic of
Yeast infection – if you notice your dog scratching an ear or
chewing its toes, then your pet might have a yeast infection. Symptoms include
irritated, itchy or discoloured skin. Since yeast needs warmth to multiply, the
infection usually strikes the paws and ears.
Folliculitis – does your dog have sores, bumps and scabs on its
skin? If so, your pet may be suffering from folliculitis. As a condition that
inflames the hair follicles, it easier to spot on shorter-haired breeds but on
longer-haired breeds look out for a dull coat and shedding. It’s common for
folliculitis to appear along with other skin conditions.
Impetigo – a condition which is most commonly witness in
puppies, symptoms include pus-filled blisters that may burst or crust over.
Seborrhea – this is a skin issue which causes a dog’s skin to
become greasy and scaly. This is usually a symptom of another medical problem
such as allergies or hormonal abnormalities.
Ringworm – the symptoms of ringworm are circular patches that
can appear anywhere on the skin but are often located on a dog’s head, paws,
ears or legs. In general, skin inflammation, hair loss will surround affected
Alopecia – it’s a well-known fact that all dogs shed hair.
However, excessive hair loss that causes large bald spots would fall into the
category of alopecia. Alopecia can be caused by anything from stress or poor
nutrition to illness.
Mange – this is a skin disorder caused by mites. Sometimes known
as canine scabies, Common symptoms are itching, red skin, sores and hair loss
with the face, legs and ears being the most affected areas.
Hot spots – also known as moist dermatitis, these are small
areas that look red, irritated and inflamed. Allergies, insect bites, infections
and excessive licking or chewing can all cause hot spots.
If your dog is scratching or licking excessively then it’s time to contact your
vet to get an accurate diagnosis and find suitable treatment as soon as
possible. If left untreated, skin conditions or dog skin allergies are likely to
worsen and cause your pet more distress in the long run.