At Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital, dog skin problems are one of the most common conditions we treat. As a pet owner, you should pay attention to your dog's skin to spot symptoms that may indicate the presence of dermatology issues. But if you don't know what dog skin problems look like, our team is here to help.
Causes of Dog Skin Issues
Dog skin problems are more common in warm weather, where seasonal allergies are prevalent, and insect bites are usually on the rise. The most common causes of dog skin problems include:
- Allergies, such as food and environmental irritants
- Parasites like mites, fleas, and ticks
- Fungi, such as ringworm
- Yeast infections
- Bacterial infections
Symptoms of Dog Skin Conditions
Itching is the most obvious sign of pet skin problems. While an occasional scratch doesn't indicate skin problems, when your dog spends most of the time scratching, it's a telltale sign that something is going on. But since pet parents can't exactly pinpoint what's wrong with their dogs, it's important to visit our veterinarian for a comprehensive exam.
The other typical symptoms of dog skin conditions include:
- Hair loss
- Excess licking
- Rubbing against surfaces
- Inflamed skin
If you spot any symptoms of a skin issue, don't attempt home remedies as this may complicate the situation. Since most dog skin issues are a symptom of an underlying issue, schedule an appointment with an animal clinic for proper diagnosis and treatment.
How We Treat Dog Skin Problems
Whether the skin condition is mild or severe, it needs the attention of a veterinarian to establish the exact cause. Depending on the cause of the skin problem, we may prescribe treatment options like:
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections
- Antihistamines where allergens are the cause
- Antifungal medication
- Topical insecticides
- Medical shampoos
Visit Our Animal Clinic for Veterinary Services in West Hollywood, CA
Do you suspect your dog has a skin problem? Book an appointment with Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital for professional treatment. We offer a wide range of pet care services, including boarding, microchipping, orthopedic surgeries, and more.