German Shepherd skin problems is something no serious owner would want his or her furry friend to have.
As canine skin problems can lead to more serious health issues, prevention and solution should be at the top of every dog owners list.
Skin problems can either be brought about by genetics or by the environment your dog lives in. In this article, we will discuss the different factors that can contribute to your dog having skin problems.
Scratching The Surface
The health of your dog’s skin has a direct connection to its overall health. In reaction to German Shepherd skin health problems, your GSD will address this with licking, chewing, and excessive amounts of scratching.
All these actions could further complicate the situation if left untreated.
Dog’s skin problems symptoms
- Inflammation or redness of the skin
- Hot spots
- Scaly round patches around the paws and face
- Flaky, dry, or irritated skin
- Skin discoloration, lumps, and swelling
- Presence of pus and blood
- Rubbing of face on any hard surface
What could cause these?
Listed below are some of the reasons related to skin problems
Change of season or weather: During winter, or a sudden drop of temperature, dogs tend to get flaky, dry skin.
Hormonal or metabolic issues: coat thickness, consistency, and distribution can be attributed to common hormonal issues.
Grooming products: Just like humans, some dogs have sensitive skin. Products with strong chemicals can cause skin irritation.
Fleas: This is the most common of all skin problems. Droppings and the occasional bites from these insects are a well known cause of canine skin problems.
Droppings can become a breeding ground for more parasites, while the saliva from these insects can cause an allergic reaction for some Shepherds.
Ringworm: This contagious fungi based infection can cause hair loss, scaly patches, and inflammation of the skin.
If you have other animals, or any other dogs in the house for that matter, immediate treatment must be done in order to avoid infecting the others.
Seasonal allergies: Scratching can also be due to your dog being sensitive to molds, tress, grasses, pollen, dust, mites, etc.
Food allergies: There are some canines that are allergic to common dog food ingredients such as, soy, corn, wheat, beef, and chicken.
Sarcoptic mange: This itchy skin problem is caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabei. The mite causes your dog to experience severe skin inflammation and skin itching, something that closely resembles an allergic response.
How to prevent Skin Problems
- A well balanced dog diet can go a long way in preventing most of the conditions mentioned above.
- Fatty acid rich dietary supplements.
- Anti itching, anti fungal, and antibiotics.
- Powders and shampoos that gets rid of parasites.
- To stop itching, antihistamines and corticosteroids can be used.
- If your dog has food allergy, go with a hypoallergenic diet.
- Medicines that strengthen your dog’s reaction against allergens.
I hope that this article of mine can help solve any puppy skin problems your four legged friend might have. As GSD owners, it is up to us to make sure that our beloved pet is free from any health issue. A little token of thanks for man’s best friend.