How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin
Dogs are prone to skin problems, especially itchy, dry skin. Fortunately,
there are things you can do to help ensure your dog’s skin stays
as healthy as possible. If you think your dog is having a skin problem,
make an appointment with us or your regular
veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about
caring for your dog’s skin.
Recognizing Signs of Skin Problems
The most common symptom sign of skin problems in dog is pruritus, or itching.
Pruritus is the
second most common reason that people take their dogs to the veterinarian. You may notice that your
dog is itching more than normal and is also chewing, biting, and licking
incessantly, which can cause irritation and wounds that are secondary
to the cause of the pruritus. In some cases, you may also notice changes
to your dog’s coat and flaky skin that looks like dandruff. When
you see these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days, see
your veterinarian at the animal hospital. It is important for your vet
to determine the cause of your dog’s skin problem so that the correct
treatment can be applied. Otherwise, we could accidentally exacerbate
the problem. For instance, if your dog has oily skin and you treat him
or her for dry skin instead, you could make the oily skin worse.
Treating and Preventing Skin Problems
If your dog has a skin problem that has been diagnosed by the veterinarian,
then follow his or her prescribed treatment, which may include oral and
topical medications. You can also reduce or prevent skin problems by making
sure your dog is getting plenty of fresh drinking water and considering
adding oils and supplements to your dog’s diet. Be sure to check
with your veterinarian before giving your dog any new supplement. Dogs
with dry skin can benefit from eating mostly wet food. If your dog has
allergies that are causing skin problems, making dietary changes and giving
baths with just plain water.
chronic skin problems cause discomfort for your dog. Make an appointment with a veterinarian
in McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for help. To reach our
pet hospital, please call (972) 239-1309. For our north Dallas location,
please dial (972) 239-1309.