Symptoms of Eczema in Dogs

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015

Symptoms of Eczema

Depending on the cause of the condition, symptoms of eczema may include one or more of the following:

  • Skin redness (erythema); rash
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Itchiness (pruritis)
  • Licking, scratching, biting, chewing at affected areas of skin
  • Face rubbing
  • Pain
  • Papules (solid, red, well-circumscribed elevation of the skin)
  • Pustules
  • Vesicles (well-circumscribed elevation of the skin filled with serum; blister)
  • Weeping skin sores (hot spots)
  • Matted, moist haircoat
  • Oozing
  • Crusting (residue of dried blood, pus, epithelial cells, bacteria and/or other debris)
  • Scaling; dandruff
  • Skin dryness and flaking
  • Abnormal skin pigmentation (darkening)
  • Skin thickening (lichenification; feels like elephant skin)

Dogs at Increased Risk

Many cases of eczema are seasonal, with the condition worsening in hot humid weather or extremely dry weather. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors are at increased risk of being bitten by external parasites. Immune-mediated allergies typically have a hereditary component.

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