How to Cure Dog Dermatitis

Does your dog scratch himself incessantly? Red patches over his body? your dog could be suffering from dermatitis.

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. Itching and redness are the basic symptoms of dermatitis, which has a variety of causes, including allergies and exposure of the skin to irritants, such as chemicals or sunlight and even fleas.

If your dog is constantly scratching and nibbling at himself, he may have dermatitis. Dermatitis is a broad term that refers to inflammatory itching of the skin. It can be chronic or temporary. Dermatitis can be caused by the dog’s environment (such as a sensitivity to grass), allergies (such as being allergic to fleas), a bacteria or virus, or poor nutrition. Depending on the cause of your dog’s dermatitis, the treatment may be simple or involve a regimen of medications. Still, there are some steps you can take to soothe your dog’s skin.

Instructions

  • Determine the cause of the scratching. To do this, you will need to watch your dog carefully. Write down where he spends his time, what he comes in contact with outside and what he eats. If you can see fleas on your dog’s skin, chances are your dog is allergic to fleas. A flea allergy is the most common cause of dermatitis in dogs. To treat this, you will need to take your dog to the vet. He will give your dog a shot for the itching and send you home with some flea medication. In addition, your dog may need to take antibiotics if the scratching has caused an infection. Be sure to rid your home of fleas as well.
  • Keep your dog away from common skin irritants. If your dog is still scratching after you have treated him for fleas, it could be something in the yard that is causing his skin to become inflamed.

 By April Sanders

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