Allergic dermatitis – reactions to food, environmental irritants or grooming products can cause dry
and itchy skin which is characteristic of dermatitis
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.