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Dog Dermatitis (Skin Problems)

Definition of Dermatitis

“Dermatitis,” defined as inflammation of the skin, is a general term used interchangeably with “skin problems.” The causes of canine dermatitis are elusive and can vary widely, in part because the skin is the largest living organ in mammals and in part because it is a complex, interconnected network of cells and tissues that continuously interact with the world inside and outside of a dog’s body. Basically, anything that irritates a dog’s skin can cause dermatitis. Allergies are a common culprit. Dermatitis often starts with an itch-scratch-itch cycle, although sometimes it only shows up as patchy hair loss. Affected dogs can develop hot spots, which are warm, swollen, painful areas that may stink and ooze pus. Sometimes, the reasons for dermatitis are never determined, which makes it an extremely frustrating condition for dog owners to deal with. Dermatitis can set the stage for more serious secondary infections.

Causes and Prevention of Dermatitis in Dogs

The causes of canine skin problems – or “dermatitis,” which means inflammation of the skin - can be elusive and vary widely. It is helpful to have a general idea of the anatomy of the skin, to understand what happens when it becomes irritated and inflamed. The skin is the largest organ in mammals. Most of us don’t think of the skin as an “organ,” but it indeed is a living, complex, connected network of

Symptoms of Dermatitis in Dogs

Dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, can cause a number of symptoms in domestic dogs. The extent and severity of the dog’s symptoms will depend upon the particular animal’s overall health, living environment and immune system strength and function. Regardless of the cause, dermatitis can lead to mild to very severe clinical signs. The hallmark of canine dermatitis is intense itchiness, which may or may not fluctuate seasonally. Sometimes, the dog will feel itchy all

Diagnosing Dermatitis in Dogs

Dermatitis, which refers to any inflammation of the skin, is a very frustrating condition for dogs and their owners, because it can be caused by so many different things and can contribute to so many different clinical signs. Dermatitis itself is not particularly difficult to diagnose, because the symptoms of skin inflammation are rather obvious. However, the underlying cause of the condition can be tricky to figure out. When a dog presents with a history

Treatment and Prognosis of Dermatitis in Dogs

Dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, is fairly common in companion dogs and is one of the most exasperating conditions that dog owners have to deal with. In many cases, the cause of the skin disorder is never discovered. In other cases, long-term veterinary detective work will successfully pin down the causative agent. Even when the cause of skin inflammation is ultimately identified, it may be impossible or inconvenient to eliminate it from the dog’s

Treating a Dog's Fly Bites

The most successful treatment is prevention by applying fly repellent before open wounds from bites develop.The effect of flies on the skin is usually minor, with irritation of the skin from fly bites being the most common problem. Attacks by stable flies and black flies are typically incriminated in skin wounds located on the ear tips or faces of outdoor dogs from late spring until first frost.Horsefly, deer fly, and mosquito bites tend to be

Seborrhea in Dogs

Seborrhea in dogs is a condition which upsets a natural skin process known as keratinization. The result is skin which gradually thickens over time and becomes scaly, oily, and crusty. Seborrhea can cause extremely uncomfortable and painful skin conditions, and treatments should begin as soon as possible to reduce any discomfort and pain that the dog may be feeling.Primary seborrhea is a genetically inherited disorder which begins to appear when the dog is generally less

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