Skin Problems in Dogs: Health Management Tips

Skin problems in dogs can have a range of causes and therefore, must usually be managed in different ways.

Common Causes of Skin Problems in Dogs

  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Cysts
  • Warts
  • Allergies
  • Fleas, ticks, mites, and lice

Symptoms of Skin Problems in Dogs

Symptoms of canine skin problems include:

  • Dry, flaking skin
  • Irritation
  • Loss of hair
  • Dry, dull coat
  • Lumps or bumps on or under the skin
  • Red, scaly, or scabby patches
  • Excessive licking and scratching

Managing Dog Skin Problems

Skin problems in dogs may require medication, especially if they are due to bacterial or fungal infection. Many skin problems in dogs are related to allergies. If your dog's skin problem is related to a food allergy, changing him to an all-natural diet could help.

Dog skin problems related to seasonal allergies may require precautions during the allergy season, which usually lasts for three to four weeks during the spring and fall. Vacuuming daily with a HEPA-filtered vacuum can ease dog skin problems related to seasonal allergies. Keeping your windows closed during allergy season can prevent allergens from drifting into the house to irritate your dog.