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Dog Skin Care

What are the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?

There are primary and secondary reasons for bacterial skin infections. Our veterinarians will examine your dog and suggest the appropriate testing. These tests may include taking a sample from your pet’s skin or a blood test. Most dogs present as red, itchy and malodorous when they have a skin infection.

What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworms?

Contrary to popular belief, ringworm is a fungal skin infection (not a parasite). It can be treated with topical antifungal creams and or shampoos.

What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?

Ringworm symptoms can vary from none (asymptomatic carrier) to round, bald and red lesions. The veterinarian may examine the hair/lesion with a black light, look at hair samples and/or send samples away for a fungal culture.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

There are three causes of allergic skin diseases: contact, food and environmental. In all cases, avoidance or removal of the allergen will reduce symptoms. Desensitization to the allergen is also effective. If you think your dog has allergies, our veterinarian may ask you to make changes to their diet and environment. They may also refer you to a veterinary dermatologist.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

Fleas and a variety of mites and lice cause parasitic skin diseases. Once our veterinarian has determined what parasite is present, they will treat it appropriately.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

Imbalanced hormones can manifest as skin diseases. Our veterinarian
will determine the primary hormonal issue and treat the secondary skin condition
once blood and skin samples are taken.


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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.

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Last updated: August 3, 2021

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