Causes of Skin
Conditions in Dogs
A “skin condition” is a general term for very common but nonetheless distressing disorders which damage or irritate your pet’s skin.
There can be a variety of reasons for your pet’s itchy, scratchy skin condition, including environmental allergies or food sensitivities. In dogs, more than 50% of allergies are caused by the world around them.
The most common symptom of an allergy is skin irritation – itching, scratching and licking. Some skin conditions can be cleared up quickly, while others need lifelong management. The good news is, soothing the itch can be as simple as feeding your pet the right type of food.
Common causes include:
More about environmental allergies in dogs:
Skin conditions present with similar signs but two ways you can often spot an environmental allergy is that it usually appears before the pet is a year and flare ups are linked to spring and summer. There are numerous potential reasons that may cause your dog to itch and unfortunately, they don't all present as typical cases; if you notice your dog chewing any part of its' body more than normal, take him to your vet for a thorough examination as the vet is the best person to differentiate between the different causes of itchiness.
Environmental allergies are most often chronic, which means they demand lifelong management and often require a multi-modal approach. You won’t be aiming for a cure but rather to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of flare ups. However, a simple change in food can make a significant difference.