10 Most Common Dog Skin Conditions

Lucy Liu in Her Doughnut at Cruden Bay

Lucy Liu our cinnamon Chow is frequently bothered with hot spots and has to wear her doughnut loads of times throughout the year. Below is a small article about the 10 most common dog skin conditions.

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Dog skin conditions are one of the main causes for treatment at vet clinics. Skin issues can cause significant discomfort for your pet, more prevalent in the warmer seasons, where allergies are more prone, and can indicate an underlying health condition that hasn’t already been diagnosed.

Dogs can suffer from mild to severe skin conditions, many of which require professional treatment to resolve before they get any worse. In fact, when a skin disease is left untreated for a while the condition can often become more complicated. For example, an allergic skin reaction may become secondarily infected with bacteria, or a bacterial infection may also become infected with yeast. Some of the most common skin disorders in dogs include bacterial skin infections, environmental allergies and parasite allergies. To help you understand the range of dog skin problems and the more obvious symptoms identified with each issue, we have summarised 10 of the most common skin conditions in dogs.


Symptoms of dog skin conditions

Itching is one of the most obvious symptoms if your dog has a skin condition, but it’s difficult to determine exactly what’s irritating your dog without a full veterinary examination. While it is quite normal for a dog to occasionally itch, just like a person may occasionally scratch their skin, frequent or prolonged itching is a tell-tale sign of something going on.

Dogs can relieve the itch by rubbing their head against an object or scratching the irritated area with their paws. You may also see your dog licking their paws or other areas of the body to soothe the irritated skin.

Other signs suggesting an issue with the skin condition includes the following symptoms:

  • Skin sores

  • Dry skin

  • Rashes

  • Lumps

  • Redness

  • Dandruff

  • Bumps

  • Hair loss

Check your pet regularly to spot any of these symptoms and take note as and when your dog has a reaction. You may find your pet itches specifically after meal times, during a particular season or if you’ve recently done any housework, all of which can indicate an underlying allergy. The more information you can provide from observing when your pet displays a sign of an irritation, the better, so your vet can make a full and accurate diagnosis of an allergy or skin infection.


The most common types of dog skin conditions

The most common types of dog skin conditions include contact allergies; bacterial infections; fungal infections, and parasite allergies.

1. Environmental allergies

A sudden onset of itching particularly to the face, feet, chest and stomach can indicate an environmental allergy, triggered as and when your dog is in contact with the cause of irritation.

This particular type of allergy in dogs is called ‘Atopy’ and is similar to how people have hay fever – except that dogs show it by having irritated, itchy skin rather than watery eyes and sneezing.

A blood test can help diagnose whether your pet is allergic to grass, dust mites and pollens, which are some of the most common things dogs are allergic to. Treating environmental allergies can be difficult and in the most severe cases involve shampoo’s, tablets and injections. Over recent years, there have been some new drugs which have revolutionised the care of dogs with this disease and a combination of treatments can help ease your pet’s symptoms effectively.

2. Food allergies

Increased itching often involving the face, feet, ears and anus are signs of a potential dog food allergy. Dogs can develop food allergies from the type of protein consumed as part of their diet such as beef, eggs, chicken and dairy, although it can be anything in the diet such as wheat or even vegetables.