Dog Skin Conditions is a very broad subject and is most open to misinterpretation. Veterinarians diagnose dog skin conditions on a daily basis, however many times, a visit to the vet is not necessary. There has been an open discussion forum within the last two months in which this topic of discussion was addressed. Stereotypically, veterinarians believe they are better equipped to handle more life threatening illnesses of pets, if people could learn a bit more about some topical illnesses for which they could “home treat” their pet. We will cover at least four of these type dog skin conditions for pet owners.
Caused by a special form of fungi and not by a worm at all. The fungi feed upon the dead cells of the skin causing a red lesion with a ring of scale and normal recovering skin in the center. This disease was erroneously named due to the visual it provided. “Dermatophytes” is the fungi responsible and the meaning of it is “plants that live on the skin”. They can live for years. All it takes is skin contact with a spore to cause infection, therefore it is wise to think of preventative measures rather than cure.
Superficial bacterial infections of the skin. It can be caused by anything that irritates the skin enough to allow bacteria to get a foothold and grow into a dog skin condition. Itchiness is a result of this which can cause your pet to chew or scratch giving it the opportunity to spread to a larger infection area. They can appear on any part of the dogs body and in any environment.
Caused by a yeast called Candida Albicans. This is an opportunistically yeast that normally inhibits the body and intestinal tract of the dog. It is a harmful bacteria which can break into two different type infections namely Primary Yeast Infection and Secondary Yeast Infection.
Itch Sores are as a result of Yeast Infections.
Health Maintenance is important for the treatment of dog skin conditions.