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Skin Problems in Pets

The sound of a dog constantly scratching or licking can be as irritating as nails on a chalkboard. But don’t blame your pooch for these bad habits; a skin condition is probably the culprit. Possible causes range from parasites to allergies to underlying ilinesses.

Following are some of the most common canine skin problems:


Superficial bacterial folliculitis is an infection that causes sores, bumps, and scabs on the skin. These skin abnormalities are easier to see in short-haired dogs. In long-haired dogs the most obvious symptoms may be a dull coat and shedding with scaly skin underneath. Folliculitis often occurs in conjunction with other skin problems, such as mange, allergies, or injury. Treatment may include oral antibiotics and antibacterial ointments or shampoos.

Colour or texture changes

A pet’s skin colour or coat texture change can be a warning sign of several common metabolic or hormonal problems. They can also result from an infection or other skin disorder. Usually, a simple blood test can identify the underlying cause. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about any significant changes to your dog’s coat.


Another type of bacterial infection, impetigo is most common in puppies. It causes pus-filled blisters that may break and crust over. The blisters usually develop on the hairless portion of the abdomen. Impetigo is rarely serious and can be treated with a topical solution. In a small number of cases, the infection may spread or persist.

Dry, flaky skin

Dry, flaky skin can be a red flag for a number of problems. It’s @ common symptom of allergies, mange, and other skin diseases. But most often, dry or flaky skin is nothing serious. Make sure you are feeding Fido high-quality food. Like people, some pets simply get dry skin in the winter.


Seborrhea causes a pet’s skin to become greasy and develop scales (dandruff). In some cases, it’s a genetic disease that begins when a pet is young and lasts a lifetime. But most pets with seborrhea develop the scaling as a complication of another medical problem, such as allergies or hormonal abnormalities. In these cases, it is vital to treat the underlying cause so that symptoms do not recur. Seborrhea itself can typically be treated with certain medicated shampoos.

Acral Lick Granuloma

Also called acral lick dermatitis, this is a frustrating skin condition caused by compulsive, relentless licking of a single area, most often on the front of the lower leg. The area is unable to heal, and the resulting pain and itching can lead the pets to keep licking the same spot. Treatment includes discouraging the dog from licking, either by using a bad-tasting topical solution or an Elizabethan collar. Also, ask your dog’s vet whether a medication like a topical or corticosteroid might help.


Another type of bacterial infection, impetigo is most common in puppies. It causes pus-filled blisters that may break and crust over. The blisters usually develop on the hairless portion of the abdomen. Impetigo is rarely serious and can be treated with a topical solution. In a small number of cases, the infection may spread or persist.


Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm but by a fungus. The term ring” comes from the circular patches that can form anywhere but are often found on a dog’s head, paws, ears, and forelegs. Inflammation, scaly patches, and hair loss often surround the lesions. Puppies less than a year old are the most susceptible, and the infection can spread quickly between pets in a kennel or to pet owners at home. Various anti-fungal treatments are available.

Skin Tumours

If you notice a hard lump on your dog’s skin, point it out to your vet as soon as possible. Dogs can develop cancerous tumours in their skin. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of cancer is to biopsy the tumour. If the lump is small enough, a veterinarian may recommend removing it entirely. This can yield a diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure. For tumours that have not spread, this may be the only treatment needed.

Shedding and hair loss (alopecia)

Anyone who shares their home with pets knows that they shed. How much shedding is normal depends on the breed, time of year, and environment. But sometimes stress, poor nutrition, or illness can cause a pet to lose more hair than usual. if abnormal or excessive shedding persists for more than a week or you notice patches of missing fur, check with your veterinarian.

Hot Spots

Hot spots, also called acute moist dermatitis, are small areas that appear red, iritated, and inflamed. They are most commonly found on a pet’s head, hips, or chest and often feel hot to the touch. Hot spots can result from a wide range of conditions, including infections, allergies, insect bites, and excessive licking and chewing. Treatment consists of cleansing the hot spot and addressing the underlying condition.

Mange (mites)

Mange is a skin disorder caused by tiny parasites called mites. Sarcoptic mange, also known as canine scabies, spreads easily among dogs and can also be transmitted to people, but the parasites don’t survive on humans. The symptoms include intense itching, red skin, sores, and hair loss. A dog’s ears, face, and legs are most commonly affected. Demodectic mange can cause bald spots, scabbing, and sores, but it is not contagious between animals or people. Treatment depends on the type of mange.

Immune Disorders

In rare cases, skin lesions or infections that won’t heal can indicate an immune disorder in your pet. One of the best known is lupus, a disease that affects pets and people. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body’s immune system attacks its own cells. Symptoms include skin abnormalities and kidney problems. It can be fatal if untreated.


Fleas are the bane of any pet owner. You may not see the tiny insects themselves, but flea droppings or eggs are usually visible in a dog’s coat. Other symptoms include excessive licking or scratching, scabs, and hot spots. Severe flea infestations can cause blood loss and anaemia and even expose your dog to other parasites, such as tapeworms. Treatment may include a topical and/or oral flea killer and a thorough cleaning of the pet’s home and yard.

Anal Sac Disease

As if dog poop weren’t smelly enough, pets release a foul-smelling substance when they do their business. The substance comes from small anal sacs, which can become impacted if they don’t empty properly. The hallmark of impacted anal sacs is a dog scooting his bottom along the ground. Other symptoms include biting or licking the anal area. A vet can manually express full anal sacs, but in severe cases, the sacs may be surgically removed.


Ticks, like fleas, are external parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. You can spot a tick feeding on a dog with the naked eye. To properly remove a tick, gently pull it straight out. Twisting or pulling too hard may cause the head to remain lodged in the pet’s skin, which can lead to infection. Place the tick in a jar with some alcohol for a couple of days, and dispose of it once it is dead. In addition to causing blood loss and anaemia, ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other potentially serious bacterial infections.

Constant Itching

Unreasonable scratching of ears, skin, paws, or their abdominal region

Hair Loss

Hair loss in dogs can happen due to an infestation by parasites such as mites, lice, or fleas.

Mange Disease

Mange is caused by microscopic mites that invade the skin of otherwise healthy animals. The mites cause irritation of the skin, resulting in itching, hair loss, and inflammation.

Fungal Infection

Due to low immunity, fungal organisms have the ability to attack normal skin and hence cause infection.

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Tips for preventing Skin Problems in Pets

Preventing skin problems in pets involves regular grooming, proper nutrition, and a clean environment. Brush your pet regularly, use a mild shampoo, and ensure a balanced diet. Keep your pet hydrated, control parasites, and manage allergens. Regular vet check-ups and a pet-friendly living space contribute to overall skin health. If issues arise, consult a vet promptly for proper care

Symptoms of Skin Infection in pets

Bacterial and fungal infections

Skin infections in pets can be caused by bacteria or fungi. Symptoms may include redness, inflammation, itching, hair loss, and the presence of pustules, scabs, or crusts on the skin.

Allergic Dermatitis

Allergic dermatitis refers to inflammation of the skin due to an allergic reaction. Symptoms can include redness, itching, swelling, hives, or the development of skin lesions

Ruff Hairs

If your pet's fur appears rough or coarse, it could indicate a skin problem. Skin infections or underlying conditions can affect the texture and quality of the hair.

Yeast Infection

Yeast infections can occur in pets, particularly in areas with skin folds or moisture. Symptoms may include red, inflamed skin, itching, a yeasty odour, and sometimes discharge or crusting.

Seasonal Shedding

Seasonal shedding is a natural process for many pets. However, if you notice excessive or abnormal shedding accompanied by signs of skin irritation, it could indicate an underlying infection.

Itching or Scratching

Pets with skin infections often exhibit itching or scratching behaviour. They may excessively groom, bite, lick, or scratch themselves in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort.

Saliva Staining

Excessive licking or chewing can cause saliva staining on the fur or skin. This can occur due to allergies, skin infections, or other irritations.

Redness or Inflammation

Skin infections can cause redness or inflammation in affected areas. The skin may appear irritated, swollen, and may feel warm to the touch.

Greasy or Flaky Skin with an odour

Skin infections can disrupt the normal balance of oils on the skin, resulting in greasiness or flakiness. The presence of an unpleasant odour can indicate bacterial or yeast overgrowth on the skin

Skin Lesions

Skin infections can lead to the development of lesions, sores, or ulcers on the skin. These may be open, oozing, crusted, or scabbed over.

Rubbing on the Carpet

Pets may rub or scratch themselves against carpets or other surfaces when they have skin problems. Itchy or irritated skin can lead to this behaviour.

Unpleasant Odour

Skin infections can produce an unpleasant odour, which can be caused by the presence of bacteria, yeast, or other microorganisms on the skin.

Colour or Texture Changes

Skin infections can result in colour or texture changes in the affected areas. The skin may appear darker, lighter, thicker, or have an abnormal texture, such as being rough or scaly.

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