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Bacterial Infections

Skin Infection In Dogs


Bacterial skin infection or pyoderma is very common in dogs. Affected dogs have an itchy skin, which may be reddened, have a rash, crusts and pustules (small pus-filled spots).
It can be triggered by an underlying disease such as:

  • Hormone diseases such as: Cushing's disease, Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Young puppies
  • Some breeds that have pronounced skin folds where bacteria can flourish. (e.g. Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels)

It occurs when the skin’s natural defenses break down, allowing an overgrowth of common skin bacteria (such as staphylococci). Other organisms, such as yeast and fungal organisms, can also take advantage of the skin changes and multiply. 


Bacterial dermatitis may be generalised or restricted to certain areas as in the case of skin folds, acne or hot spots.
While the disease can occur in any dog, certain breeds are more prone to bacterial dermatitis, such as German Shepherds.

Top Tips To Treat Pyoderma

  1. Consult your vet to identify the problem and treat any underlying conditions.
  2. Help control the condition by using a high-quality shampoo, mousse or wipes to clean and soothe the affected skin. DOUXO® contains ingredients with an antiseptic action.and to maintain the natural skin's ecosystem. DOUXO® contains ingredients with an antiseptic action.
  3. Treat the affected skin regularly and as directed by your vet. Schedule regular check-ups to ensure the condition has fully resolved before stopping treatment.

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