What are some common skin infections in dogs?

Many dogs are affected with skin infections and most can be treated if detected early. One of the problems affecting a dog is known as pyoderma, a bacterial infection which is visible by the itchy yellow pustules on the skin, as well as reddening and ulceration. As the condition worsens, the sores become crusted and the dog loses its fur. The sores have a foul odor. Any area of the body can be affected. The chin can often have these sores or acne as well as the folds of the face, lips and vulva. 

Ringworm is a fungal skin infection caused by fungi. It is most often found in younger dogs and the fungi can live in dead skin tissue, hair and nails. The circular patches results in hair loss and can become infected. The head and legs are the predominant locations of the ringworm and they can become dry and crusty, causing itching and discomfort for your dog.

Other parasite problems may include fleas, mange, ear mites, lice and ticks. If you keep up with grooming and brushing on a regular basis, you will note any invasive pests on your pet. All these pests irritate your dog which can lead to self-mutilation. Mange causes excessive itching and can be either Sarcoptic or Demodectic. 

Mange may also results in hair loss and crusting of the skin, mostly showing up on the ears, front legs, chest and abdomen. Demodectic mange is more serious and can be the result of an underlying internal disease or a hereditary condition. Ear mites cause severe irritation of your dog’s ears, resulting in discomfort and hair loss. 

Other skin problems include allergies, dermatitis and hormonal skin diseases. It is important to keep a close eye on your dog’s skin and coat while grooming and bathing the animal often to guarantee good health. If you notice anything unusual with your dog’s skin, coat or ears please consult your vet immediately.

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