All dog parents want to keep their fur babies healthy and happy, and caring for your dog’s skin and coat is a big part of that. As with humans, the skin is your dog’s biggest organ, and unfortunately also the most likely source of health issues. Preventing skin problems in your dog requires a bit of understanding, some regular and effective care, and attention to your pet’s needs. Let’s take a look at how to prevent skin problems in your dog, and how we can help you do it!
Let’s start with an important statement: if your dog is suffering from some sort of skin disorder, the right thing to do is to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. While many skin issues are benign or easy to treat, many others indicate that something more serious is amiss. It’s best and safest to let a professional take a look and guide you to the next course of action.
With that having been said, let’s move forward and talk about canine skin problems.
Causes of Skin Problems in Dogs
Just as with people, skin problems in dogs can be caused by a variety of things. The skin is part of what protects your dog’s body from the outside world, and a skin issue indicates that something in that balance is amiss. Here’s a look at some of the most common causes of skin problems in dogs, and what you can do to help prevent them:
- Food and Nutrition: Dogs love to eat, and while there are a plethora of dog food brands and products available, not all of them are high quality and not all of them may be right for your dog. Nutritional deficiencies, allergies, and other adverse reactions to their food may lead to skin issues in dogs. Finding the right diet for your dog (with some help from your veterinarian) goes a long way toward preventing skin problems and other health issues.
- Allergies and Allergic Reactions: Allergies to food may cause skin issues, but so might allergies to many other things. Environmental factors, household cleaning products, and seasonal allergies: all of these can cause a bad reaction in dogs that may manifest as skin problems like rash, inflammation, or irritation.
- Bacteria: a common cause of skin infections or irritations is hostile bacteria taking up residence in or on your dog’s skin. This problem is especially common in damp environments or in dogs with skin folds, so keeping your pet dry and cleaning any skin folds regularly is a must to prevent skin problems.
- Fleas and Parasites: Dogs get fleas, it’s true, but fleas and other skin parasites can lead to real problems for your pooch. The mites that cause mange can nest in the skin and can lead to coat loss, irritation, and general misery for your dog. The best treatment is to keep the skin and coat clean and give your pet regular flea treatments per the advice of a veterinarian.
Now that we’ve gone over some of the most common causes of skin problems in dogs and how you as their owner can help prevent them, let’s talk about how we can help you keep your dog clean, healthy, and happy!
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