Dog Skin in Health and Sickness: Advice From Veterinary Dermatologists

Dogs suffering from skin allergies and diseases seek the care of Veterinary Dermatologists for expert diagnosis and treatment.

See the following tips for decoding some common dog health skin problems:


Relentless Itching

When your dog just can't satisfy his itch, it's likely one of three issues: allergies, skin parasites, or skin infections. Although the main reason for itchy skin tends to be allergies or parasites, dogs often get secondary bacterial or yeast infections, too.


Hot Spots

Treatment includes clipping and gently cleaning the affected area and applying a topical antibacterial and/or steroid cream. Severe dog health skin problems require 2 to 3 weeks of antibiotics for secondary bacterial infection and/or a short course of oral steroids.


Prevent hot spots by keeping your dog clean, parasite-free, and brushing his hair. Treating his allergies and taking away problem foods also prevents hot spots.


Pollen/Environmental Allergy: Atopy

Dog health skin problems can occur from pollen, dust and molds. Allergic dogs can scratch all over, but usually focus on their armpits, underbellies and ears.


Treat an allergic dog during the itchy seasons with shampoos, anti-itch medications, antihistamines, and when necessary steroids.


Healthy Skin

A healthy diet of fatty acids can improve canine skin. Give your dog Omega-3 or Omega-6 supplements and feed him a holistic dog food.


Veterinary dermatologists recommend bathing your dog once a month so you don't strip away the essential oils in his coat.