People have often called dogs “mans’ best friend”, and if you own a dog, you will find that it is the gospel truth. Dogs provide their owners with comfort and companionship, and in return, the owners care and protect the dog from any adversaries. However, as a dog owner, you can only do so much to protect your dog, and in the end, some problems would still surface.
One of the most common problems associated with dogs is a skin infection. The skin infection may be a result of allergies, insect bites, or bacterial/fungal infections. Skin infection is an awful experience that causes pain and discomfort to your dogs. If left untreated, the infection might go from mild to severe and put your dog’s life on the line. Hence, whenever you notice any discomfort in your dog, call a vet’s attention immediately.
The first sign to look out for is frequent itching. When your dog contracts a skin infection, you will constantly find your dog clawing its skin, rubbing its head or scratching against an object, or licking its skin to soothe the itch.
Itching causes extreme discomfort, and you might even find their countenance a little bit withdrawn. When you notice this, notify your veterinary clinic. Other signs include skin sores, inflammations, bumps, rashes, lumps, skin redness, dandruff, pimple-like bumps, crusted skins, infected hair follicles, and in the most severe cases, hair loss (alopecia).
The common types of skin infections in dogs include:
Dogs have allergies in the same way as humans. The allergic reactions might occur due to a particular ingredient in their food or the environment in general. Allergens like pollen grains and dust exist in the air and can cause an itching sensation in your dog. When the itching starts, your dogs will continuously scratch their skin, which might lead to sores and scabs. You might also find lumps in their nostrils and ears. When you notice any of the signs, contact your vet right away.
Bacterial folliculitis is one of the most common bacterial infections in dogs. Its symptoms include infected and inflamed hair follicles. You will notice red swellings, boils, and that your dog itches regularly. When you notice this symptom, it is time you take your dog to visit the vet.
Mites are the causative organisms for mange disease in dogs. Mange causes extreme itchiness, which easily leads to wounds, sores, hair loss, and scabs. There are two types of mange, namely Sarcoptic and Demodectic mange.
Sarcoptic mange is contagious and requires immediate treatment. Hence, if you have more than one dog, you must keep them apart until you treat the infected dog to prevent the others from getting infected.
Fungal infections are usually caused by yeast, which is one of the most common skin infections in dogs. Yeast is a harmless normal flora found on the skin of your dog. Over time, the quantity of yeast cells on your dog’s skin increases because of allergies and oil overproduction. Soon, the yeast causes crusting, itching, and inflammation. Yeast infections are not contagious in dogs but must be treated with urgency.
As a dog owner, you need to be proactive when it comes to the general wellbeing of your dog. If you notice any sign that might indicate skin infections or any other disease, investigate the symptoms immediately and report your findings to a vet.
If you live in or around Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and areas nearby Ventura County and notice that your dog is exhibiting some of the signs mentioned above, contact Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital and Emergency.
Our doctors offer the best health care for dogs by making proper diagnoses and prescribing the right treatment for your dog’s health. Your dog requires a complete examination by a professional vet to diagnose and alleviate the severity of the symptoms they are experiencing. Even more, we offer pet education services, preventive health care, and free consultations for all our customers. Please give us a call to book an appointment and allow us to be part of your pet’s healthy and happy life.