Why Skin Problem Is One of The Top Reasons Dogs Visit Their Vet

Why Skin Problem Is One of The Top Reasons Dogs Visit Their Vet

       There are various reasons why dogs are taken to the vet but the most common one is due to skin problems. The skin serves as a protective barrier against noxious chemicals. It is considered the first line of defense against harmful invaders. If this protective mechanism is damaged or lost, parasites, pollen and other harmful elements can easily affect your dog’s skin which might result in skin infection in the future.

       Your dog’s skin microbiome is made up of a good amount and/or combination of bacteria and fungi. If your dog has a healthy skin microbiome and healthy immune system, then it won’t likely have a smelly or itchy skin. If otherwise disrupted (skin microbiome), then skin disease will occur. You will know that your dog’s skin is healthy if it isn’t smelly or your dog isn’t scratching it all the time.

What causes itchy skin in dogs?

       Itchy skin can be caused by food or environmental allergies, external parasites, yeast infections, hotspots, mange, impetigo, folliculitis, dry and flaky skin or bacterial infections. You can also know that there is something wrong with your dog’s skin if they have recurring ear infections.

What are the things you can do in order to prevent skin infection in dogs?

Below are list of the things you can do and tips you can follow in order to help your dog avoid from contracting skin problems:

  • Always maintain proper grooming habits. Give your dog a bath at least once a week or when you notice that their skin is already getting dirty. You can also take them to a grooming station so that their nails can be clipped and their ears and can be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Feed them with a well balanced and a high-quality diet. Avoid feeding your dog leftovers because this can cause severe problems not just on their skin but on their overall health as well. Invest in good quality food for them and make sure that the vitamins and nutrients needed by your dog are well balanced.
  • Observe your dog’s skin. If you notice anything unusual, take them to the vet immediately. Don’t wait and “hope” for things to get better before you bring them to the vet because it might already be too late by then.

       Having a dog is like having an additional member of the family - you have to feed them properly, you have to make sure that their appearance is well-maintained, and you have to invest in their health and wellbeing. Skin problems are not “small things” or “small problems” that can simply be overlooked because this will be a bigger concern if it isn’t solved immediately. 

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