Irritated skin in dogs: how to act?    


Skin problems are common conditions that can occur to your dog at any point in his life. They are uncomfortable and painful processes, as well as dangerous for your dog's health, so we recommend that you contact your trusted veterinarian if you suspect that your dog has any of these problems. The vet will help you with everything the dog needs in a very professional way.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. When any area is affected, it usually has a red, inflamed, and irritated appearance and can be caused by several reasons: in ADVANCE, we are going to reveal the most important and frequent causes of irritated skin in your dog. In addition, we want to guide you so that you know how to act in each situation.



           Possible causes of irritated skin in dogs
Next, we want to share with you the possible causes of irritated skin in dogs:

                                         CANINE ATOPIC DERMATITIS         


            Canine atopic dermatitis

It is a hypersensitivity of irritated skin in your dog, which appears by environmental components called allergens, such as dust mites, molds, pollen.
It is one of the main causes of dermal inflammation in dogs, and its most relevant clinical signs are irritation and redness of the skin, inflammation, and itching. As a result of scratching, you will also see wounds, scabs, and alopecic areas on your dog's irritated skin. In addition, the clinical picture can be complicated by otitis and conjunctivitis.
It is a disease that mainly affects dogs between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. The course of the disease may be stationary or perhaps present throughout the year, and the lesions may be very localized, on the face and extremities, or be present throughout the body.
Canine atopic dermatitis cannot be completely eliminated, but it can be successfully treated and controlled. Of course, the treatment will be for life.
Your way of acting should be more present when the symptoms are enhanced. Treatment is based on:
⦁ Bathrooms with the specific shampoo
⦁ Control exhaustive fleas, not to complicate the situation
⦁ Fatty acids
⦁ In some cases, immunotherapy (vaccination plan) is recommended
⦁ Special food for atopic skin. It is important that your dog's diet is based on formulas that help reduce skin inflammation, keep it hydrated, improve healing and reduce the risks of adverse reactions to its ingredients.



           Allergic flea bite dermatitis

When the flea bites your dog, it can cause dermatitis, due to the allergenic components of the parasite's saliva. A single flea bite can cause irritated skin on your dog.
If you have fleas, you can suffer from this pathology at any time of the year. Constantly scratching, lesions are aggravated and appear in prone areas where fleas hide or live, such as the lumbosacral part, at the base of the tail, or the abdomen.
The treatment is simple and involves using a product effective to remove fleas. If your dog has inflamed skin, with wounds and scabs, go to the vet to check the injuries and take other measures, if necessary. In addition, he will explain the annual antiparasitic plan, so you do not forget to administer the product.

                                                FOOD ALLERGY


            Food Allergy


Sometimes your dog's irritated skin is due to a hypersensitivity to certain ingredients in his diet. Any component of a dog's diet can act on it as an allergen, even its additives. The clinical picture focuses on:
⦁ General inflammation of the skin, or in specific areas
⦁ Redness
⦁ Itchiness
⦁ Secondary scratching injuries, such as wounds, scabs, or alopecia


                                          HOW CAN YOU ACT ?

           Irritated skin in dogs: how to act?

What is done in these cases is to implement an elimination diet for 6 weeks. This consists of eliminating certain foods and starting by offering him a diet that he has not experienced before.
This is done to find out which ingredients in the dog's nutrition are causing the disease, and thus be able to avoid them. To obtain good results, the diet must be very strict, so that your dog will not be able to eat anything else. But when the culprit is found, your dog's irritated skin will disappear.