Possible causes for your dog's itchiness range from allergies to parasites. Here are some of the most common canine skin conditions.

6 Canine Skin Conditions to Watch Out For

Is your dog constantly scratching? This behavior may not seem like a big deal at first, but if it persists, it is likely that your furry friend has a skin condition. Possible causes for his itchiness range from allergies to parasites.

Here are some of the most common canine skin conditions.

Allergic Dermatitis
Like people, pets can have allergic reactions to all sorts of products, foods, and environmental irritants. Take a look at your dog’s skin. He may be scratching at a pretty gnarly rash. Fortunately, corticosteroids can provide relief. The most effective treatment, of course, is to identify the allergen that is causing your pup so much discomfort. Consult a pet care expert at your local vet clinic for help.

Yeast Infection
If your pup is incessantly scratching his ear or chewing his toes, he may have a yeast infection. Check the paws and ears for irritated, discolored skin. These are the most common areas for yeast to grow. This condition responds well to topical creams, though your vet may prescribe oral medications.

Superficial Bacterial Folliculitis
Folliculitis is a bacterial infection that manifests in sores, bumps, and scabs on the dog’s skin. It is naturally harder to diagnose in longhaired dogs, but the most obvious symptom will be a dull coat that sheds excessively. This condition usually occurs in conjunction with other skin problems, and treatment includes oral antibiotics or ointments and shampoos.

Seborrhea
This can be a genetic disease that appears when a pup is young; however, most dogs develop it as a complication of another problem. Seborrhea causes greasy skin and dandruff.

Ringworm
Contrary to its name, ringworm is not actually caused by a worm. It is a fungus that leads to inflammation, scaly patches, and hair loss. If not treated immediately, ringworm can spread quickly to other dogs and even to pet owners.

Mange
Mange is caused by parasites called mites. Symptoms involve itching, rashes, sores, and hair loss. Though it can be contagious between dogs, it cannot be transmitted to humans.

The top five services or products provided at emergency vet clinics are physical examinations, vaccinations, laboratory tests, medications, and flea or tick products. If your dog is showing any symptoms of a skin disorder, it is important to have him or her checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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