Skin Problems and Dogs

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Much like yours, your dog’s skin serves as an indicator of his overall health. Skin problems in dogs have a variety of causes and a variety of symptoms that, in some cases, may be easy to overlook. Therefore, it is crucial to monitor your dog’s skin and behavior carefully to spot and care for these potential problems.

Skin problems can manifest in behavioral symptoms such as excessive scratching, chewing at skin, or rubbing against furniture. There are, of course, also physical symptoms of skin disorders. These may include:

  • Hot spots
  • Lesions
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Hair loss

There are a number of potential causes of skin problems in dogs, including but not limited to allergies (seasonal allergies, food allergies, or sensitivity to grooming products), ringworms and fleas, infections, or even emotional stress. Because there are so many causes of skin problems, see your vet as soon as you notice any symptoms. Your dog will thank you!

To see the information cited in this article and learn even more, visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/skin-problems

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