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Common Causes of Dog Skin Infections and How to Give Your Dog Relief
From allergies to infections, there are a variety of reasons dog skin infections rear their ugly, and terribly itchy, head. One of the leading causes of skin infections are allergens in your dog’s diet or environment. Oftentimes, it’s not the allergy itself that causes the infection. Instead, it’s the fact that your dog can’t stop itching and biting the affected area, resulting in teeth and nail trauma that leads to secondary infections.
Other common causes of skin infections in dogs:
- Fleas or mites
- Chronic dermatitis
- Fungal or yeast infection
- Inadequate grooming
- Genetic predisposition
- Underlying disease such as Cushing’s (hyperadrenocorticism)
How to Diagnose Dog Skin Infections
From your dog’s ears down to the tip of his tail, a skin infection can impact just about any part of the body. Furthermore, so many different factors could be the culprit… so, how do you get to the bottom of the doggone mystery? You’ll need to pay a visit to your veterinarian.
Before your scheduled appointment, make note of any changes to your dog’s environment or diet that may have caused the onset of itching, irritated or infected skin. Keep in mind, it is possible for your dog to develop an allergy to something that previously appeared to cause no harm.
A vet will provide a full physical exam in which he/she looks for any noteworthy signs and goes over your dog’s medical history. Blood and urine tests can help pinpoint the underlying cause. Additionally, cell cultures may be obtained from the skin to observe under a microscope and identify what type of bacteria you’re looking at.
Itchy Dog Skin Infections
Nearly half of all people who visited the vet because of a dog skin infection listed their primary complaint as nonstop itching. Unfortunately, all that itching leads to open wounds, secondary skin infections, and hair loss. Act fast when you notice your dog itching at an irritated area to help prevent worsening of the problem.
What Can You Do About It?
Skin Soother starts soothing the moment it’s applied to your dog’s irritated skin. The powerful yet gentle all-natural balm contains antioxidant, antiseptic, disinfectant, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, + so much more. Not only does it soothe irritated skin, it goes to work healing right away. Plus, it’s 100% safe to ingest. Because we know it can be a full-time job preventing your dog from licking.
Stinky or Irritated Dog Skin Infections Between Wrinkles
Wrinkly dogs melt our dang hearts, but those adorable creases are a breeding ground for bacteria. Bulldogs and other wrinkly breeds commonly suffer from yeast or bacterial infections between wrinkles. That’s because the dark, moist, and often ignored crevice wrinkles create offer sanctuary for all kinds of icky germs to populate. Is your dog’s face stinky as all hell? Even more reason to suspect an underlying skin infection.
What Can You Do About It?
Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to soothe irritated and infected dog wrinkles. Each all natural ingredient plays a role in offering a variety of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, plus more!
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