FAQ Your dog's Skin
Itchy, irritated, sensitive skin
First, it is important to identify the cause of the allergy and your vet will help with this. Afterwards, treatment is generally multimodal and can evolve during your dog’s life. At all stages, using topical products like DOUXO® S3 CALM to bring ingredients where they are needed to help repair the skin barrier is essential.
If your dog is itching it is essential that you consult your vet. Some underlying causes of itching can be easily eliminated, such as, fleas and superficial skin infections. Other causes need long-term multimodal management, such as, allergies to environmental allergens (dust mites and pollens). The addition of topical products in the management of allergic skin conditions, like DOUXO® S3 CALM, will help soothe itchy skin and repair the damaged skin barrier.
Itching is not a specific symptom. There are a lot of possible causes , from bacterial or fungal skin infection to parasites like fleas and mites. Allergies are also a major cause of itching (flea-related, food, environmental). Make sure you visit your vet to identify the cause.
Hot spots are a type of superficial skin infection (surface pyoderma). They benefit from topical therapy typically containing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients. Occasionally in more severe cases systemic antibiotics are needed. A visit to the vet is recommended.
Skin & ear infection
Your vet is your ally in this. Ear infections should never be managed without veterinary supervision! If you suspect your dog has an ear infection make sure you book an appointment with your vet. They will look down your dog's ear and make sure the ear drum is intact before determining if applying medicated ear drops is appropriate. Your vet may also want to take swabs for cytology and culture. They may also recommend using ear cleaners to flush out some of the debris. Ear infections typically resolve in 1-3 weeks but more complicated infections can require much longer courses of treatment.
Yeast infections are often opportunistic, taking advantage of a compromised skin or immune system or another underlying problem. After clearing the infection, your vet will investigate the cause: it can be parasites, allergies, skin disorder, endocrine disorder, health condition, etc.
Bacterial and yeast infections are often opportunistic; taking advantage of a compromised skin barrier or immune system. Topical products containing antifungal and antibacterial ingredients are often needed to clear the initial infection. After the infection has cleared your vet will want to investigate what the underlying cause might be that caused the infection in the first place. Common underlying causes of skin infections in dogs include parasites, allergies, endocrine disorders and self-trauma from scratching.
Dry, flaky, oily skin
There are many causes of dry and or dandruffy skin in dogs. Identifying the underlying cause is key and often this requires liaising with your vet. Common causes of dry skin and dandruff include: metabolic disorders such as hypothyroidism, skin allergies, parasites and environmental factors. Topical products with specific anti-dandruff action like DOUXO® S3 SEB can be hugely beneficial as they bring the active ingredients to where they are needed.
There are many potential underlying causes of dog dandruff. It can be linked to the environmental or food allergies, poor diet, bacterial or fungal skin infections and parasites (fleas, mites,).Primary seborrhoea and other health conditions like endocrine disorders (hypothyroidism) s can also cause dandruff. Visit your vet for more information.