One of the most common health problems pets deal with is skin problems. Unfortunately, your dog may encounter several types of skin problems throughout its life, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms of various types of skin problems and how to deal with the problem effectively. Here are a few of the most common types of dog skin problems and how we can help you treat them at Murrieta Family Pet Hospital.
Dry, itchy, flaky skin is a common discomfort for dogs. In most cases, dry skin isn’t a serious issue. However, this may be a symptom of an underlying issue occurring. Dry, flaky skin can often be prevented by making sure your dog is eating a well-balanced diet, is well hydrated, and is bathed about once a month. If you suspect your dog’s dry, flaky skin may be a symptom of allergies or mange, it is essential that you seek help from our veterinarian as soon as possible. Treating dry skin may mean taking your dog to our vet for an exam to determine if the problem is caused by a more serious issue, such as parasites, allergies, or an underlying disease.
Bacteria can cause a range of skin problems as a result of bacterial infections. The most common types of skin conditions that are the result of bacterial infections include impetigo and folliculitis. For treatment of bacterial infections, it’s essential to have our veterinarian examine your dog. Treatment may include using medical shampoos, antibiotics, or steroids.
A common cause of allergies and skin problems is external parasites, including fleas, ticks, and mites. Fleas are generally the most common type of parasitic infection, and they can cause a vast array of skin problems, including itchy, flaky skin. The best way to prevent fleas is by using a flea preventative. It’s also important to keep the grass mowed and bushes trimmed in the area where your dog tends to roam. If you suspect your dog has fleas, our vet can recommend a flea treatment that is best suited for your dog’s needs. It’s important to routinely check your dog’s skin for ticks, especially if you tend to take him or her on walks in wooded areas.
The best way to ensure your pet’s skin and fur is healthy is to schedule routine exams and consultations with our veterinarian. If you need to schedule a pet dental exam or have concerns about your pet’s skin, contact Murrieta Family Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment. Our team is here to help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.