Dog Skin Conditions
Dog skin conditions are among the most common health problems for all breeds, and they can have many causes. These conditions—which are generally uncomfortable and even painful for your pooch—vary in their severity, so it is always important to consult with a professional veterinarian if you suspect your dog has a skin condition. The highly experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet have seen all types of dog skin conditions and can identify and help treat any skin problem your pet may be having.
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Signs of Dog Skin Conditions
Although dog skin conditions can have numerous causes—and each dog can react differently—there are some signs to look for if you’re concerned your dog may have a skin problem. Look for any combination of the following:
- Redness or discoloration
- Extreme dry skin
- Hair loss
- Pimples, blisters, or pustules
- Scabs, flaking skin, or crustiness
- Unpleasant skin odor
- Excessive scratching and itchiness
- Anal gland problems
If your dog is exhibiting any combination of these symptoms or even just one, it’s incredibly important to schedule an appointment with Germantown Vet. One of our trained professionals will need to examine your dog to determine the exact cause of the skin condition so the proper treatment can be administered.
Common Causes of Dog Skin Conditions
There are many common dog skin conditions, and at Germantown Vet, we have the experience, skills, and equipment to handle even the most difficult skin problems. Some of the most common causes of dog skin conditions include:
- Parasites – This includes fleas, ticks, lice, mange, mites, and more. Any of these parasites can cause severe irritation to your dog, so it’s important to have them treated immediately. Prolonged exposure can lead to excessive skin biting and itching, to the point that your dog may begin to do extra harm. Learn more about pet parasites »
- Disease – In some cases, fur loss and skin conditions can be a sign of a more significant underlying disease. It’s always important to consult with a professional veterinarian to identify the cause of your dog’s skin condition.
- Allergies – Much like humans, many of our pets suffer from allergies—and your dog is no different! These allergies can range in their severity and be anything from common allergens like pollen and dust to bugs, food, or other environmental factors.
- Bacteria – When bacteria enters the skin—through a flea bite, hair follicle, etc.—it can cause a pimple or other pustule to form. This can lead to itching and scratching and draw even more bacteria.
- Psychological factors – Try to think back to the last time you were really stressed out at work—did you exhibit any physical reactions? Maybe a breakout, rash, or excessive sweating? Well, your dog can have similar physical responses to troubling psychological factors. If you believe stress, anxiety, or aggression are leading to dog skin conditions, contact us today.
Treating Dog Skin Conditions
Since there are many causes of dog skin conditions, the treatment will vary based on the diagnosis—that’s why it’s vitally important to schedule an appointment at Germantown Vet at the first sign of a skin problem. If you want to learn more about dog skin conditions or set up an appointment with one of our experienced veterinarians, call us today!
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to schedule an appointment to treat your dog’s skin conditions!
About Germantown Vet
When we opened our doors in 1983, we were the first veterinary clinic in Germantown, MD—and today, Germantown Vet is proud to be the largest, best equipped, and most well-staffed animal hospital in upper Montgomery County. When you visit our state-of-the-art facility, your dog, cat, or pocket pet will receive exemplary care from our esteemed team of veterinarians and technicians.
We are a full-service veterinary hospital and offer a complete range of services, including:
- Annual check-ups
- Advanced veterinary care
- General wellness
- Preventative care
- Alternative veterinary medicine
- Flea & tick prevention
- Senior pet care
- And more!
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