Many minor common skin problems in dogs can be caused by a range of different diseases. For example, pruritis (itchiness) may be due to a skin allergy, flea infestation, bacterial skin infection or mite infestation or other causes. The efficacy of CanineCare Probiotic in treating some of these conditions will depend on the underlying cause. Minor skin conditions that are caused by or have a component of bacterial or fungal infection are good candidates for treatment with CanineCare Probiotic. If you are unsure of the cause of the condition, or if symptoms persist please consult your veterinarian.
Ringworm is not a worm at all but a fungal condition. In dogs, lesions usually appear as areas of hair loss, circular in shape. As these circular lesions enlarge, the central area heals and hair may begin to regrow in the middle of the lesion. These lesions are not usually itchy, but sometimes they become inflamed and develop a scabby covering. Puppies less than a year old are most susceptible and the infection can easily spread.
Pododermatitis is inflammation affecting the skin of the feet which often manifests as red, inflamed skin between the pads or toes. Causes include parasites, foreign bodies, allergies, infections, hormonal diseases and conformation. In some cases, more than one cause can be present. As there are many causes for pododermatitis getting a diagnosis from your veterinarian is recommended. If a minor bacterial or fungal infection is associated with your dogs pododermatitis, CanineCare Probiotic can be a useful component of the treatment protocol.
Yeast Dermatitis or Malassezia dermatitis
Malassezia dermatitis is a common skin disease in dogs caused by a yeast that is normally found on the skin. Under normal circumstances these organisms don’t cause a problem, however if your dog is immunocompromised or the skin becomes compromised, these organisms can proliferate and cause disease. CanineCare Probiotic may be of benefit for treating minor conditions.
As with all skin conditions we recommend a diagnosis by your vet. Some clinical signs of a yeast skin infection are crusty, flaky skin, itching and redness, chronic or recurrent outer ear infections and a musty odour.
Many dogs with a yeast infection may also have a bacterial infection.
Impetigo (see Pyoderma) Impetigo makes an appearance on dogs’ skin in a few forms. It almost always crops up where the skin is not protected by fur and the skin is exposed. These areas include the belly, the folds between the legs and body (similar to an armpit), and the groin. Depending on your dog’s build and coat, it may appear in more or less areas.
The most apparent symptom is acne-looking bumps on your dog’s skin. This “acne” may also be accompanied by a red, irritated rash.
Staph Infection (see Pyoderma) The most-common type of staph infection seen in dogs is staphylococcal dermatitis, a bacterial skin infection that can cause the skin to become red and inflamed. This type of bacteria lives naturally on the skin of dogs and humans, where it stays dormant as long as the skin is healthy. However, should the skin become irritated or injured, the bacteria can invade the area and an infection can develop.
Most cases of pyoderma are caused by bacterial infections. Most of these are superficial and secondary to a variety of other conditions, such as allergies or parasites. Warm, moist areas on the skin, such as lip folds, facial folds, armpits, feet, and neck folds, often have higher bacterial counts than other areas and are at an increased risk for infection. Pressure points, such as elbows, are prone to infections due to repeated pressure.
The most common sign of bacterial pyoderma is excessive scaling. Scales are often pierced by hairs. Itching is variable. In dogs, superficial pyoderma commonly appears as bald patches, welts around hairs, and scabbing. Shorthaired breeds often have multiple welts that look similar to hives because the inflammation in and around the follicles causes the hairs to stand more erect. The bridge of the muzzle, chin, elbows, hocks, knees, and spaces between the toes are more prone to deep infections, but any area may be involved.
Itchiness (pruitis) or hairloss (alopecia) of bacterial or fungal origin.
There can be many causes of itchiness or hairloss in dogs so again, it is important to get the correct diagnosis from your vet. The most common causes are parasites, infections, and allergies.
We always recommend a proper diagnosis by your vet