Dog Skin Problems – Vet Advice

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Dog skin problems are a common complaint at the Abbey House veterinary clinic in Leeds. In this video, a dog skin problem has left Boo the Boxer feeling so uncomforatble she’s off her food and needs treatment. Vet Laura Smith explains some of the cauess of dog skin problems and how they can be treated. Please note – the veterinary advice given in this video is of a general nature only. If you are concerned about your own dog’s health, always take them to your vet. The vets at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in Leeds see over 400 dogs every week. Skin problems are one of the most common things they come across.

If you notice that your dog is constantly scratching and itching and that the skin looks really red and sore, then definitely go to your vet straight away and quite commonly skin problems can be treated.

And it’s like there’s actually little bits of like patches of her skin and that where it’s missing. So it looks as though she’s going bald in patches. So it’s a bit of a concern as well. So I know she’s had skin problems before, but obviously not to this degree, so we want to just get her checked out and make sure she’s alright otherwise.

Boxer dog Boo has been off her food because of a skin condition for the last few days and the couple are concerned.

One of the easiest things to treat is if it’s a parasitic problem. So that includes both fleas and mites. If you see any fleas on your dog, then they will likely be scratching, so we do recommend regular flea treatment to stop fleas becoming a problem.

Parasites are the major source of skin irritation in dogs. Yet according to the PDSA 2.4 million dogs are never treated for fleas. Boo has regular flea treatments but there are several other possible causes of skin irritation.

Dogs can also pick up mites, especially from foxes and hedgehogs. In this situation, not only may your dog scratch but start to lose its fur as well. Then go straight to your vet and they will take samples of your dog’s skin and fur to make sure that it is mites, and then start the correct treatment for that.

Allergies are another common cause of skin problems. Just like humans dogs can be allergic to almost anything especially in the summer months.

The most common areas you see are the inguinal areas and the feet and the ears. They’re the ones that first flare up. So the skin’ll look red and the dog’ll be scratching and looking at these areas a lot. In these situations, antihistamines can work quite well. But sometimes they may need to go onto steroids as well, just over the summer months, to try and help with this allergy.

In case it’s an allergy to something, we can put her onto some antihistamines just to help with the itching in case it is an actual allergy she’s got to something. If you find that it’s getting red and we’re not seeing any resolution over time, then we should definitely see her again and then we might have to look at doing some further tests and a skin scrape and maybe even a biopsy of the skin just to make sure there’s no underlying cause of it.

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