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Category: skin disease

Skin disease usually takes one of two forms: loss of hair or itchiness. Living with an itchy dog is no fun – but being an itchy dog must be worse! Most itchy skin diseases are caused by allergies or parasite infections. As a general rule itchy skins do not resolve without treatment; so if your dog is scratching an early visit to your vet is advisable. Scratching is not normal nor is it a habit.

Hair loss is a less common skin complaint than itchiness. It may be caused by dogs pulling out their own hair when they are scratching or due to their hair simply falling out. Hair loss can be caused by some parasitic diseases but is most commonly caused by a hormonal imbalance. Animals with hormonal problems often have many other clinical problems as well as the hair loss.

Many dogs will develop lumps and bumps on their skin at some point. In most cases these may be nothing to worry about and may be a simple wart or a fatty lump underneath the skin. However, sometimes malignant tumours can develop in or under the skin so if you notice a new lump on your pet, particularly one that it is weeping, sore, or changing rapidly, you should make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible.

Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiellosis)

Cheyletiella infection is a form of mange that is also known as rabbit mites and walking dandruff. This is an itchy skin condition caused by small parasites living on the skin surface. The mites can be found on many animals

Skin Fold Pyoderma

Pyoderma means bacterial infection within the skin. Usually this occurs within the top layers of the skin (superficial pyoderma), and is a common medical problem in dogs. Deep pyoderma, when infection penetrates further into the skin, is much more serious and may

Hot Spots (Wet Eczema, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis)

Sometimes dogs develop a sore spot on the skin which oozes and irritates. Often this develops over the space of just a few hours. The critical step in managing these spots is to stop the dog worrying them but veterinary


Living with an itchy dog is no fun - but being an itchy dog must be worse! Atopy affects around 1 in 10 dogs to some degree. In dogs the condition can cause a variety of signs: skin disease, runny

Anal Furunculosis (Perianal Fistulas)

Anal furunculosis (also called perianal fistulas) is a distressing condition commonly affecting German Shepherd dogs and occasionally other breeds. The problem is one of chronic deep infection, inflammation, discharges and ulceration around the tail base and anus. The condition may

Acral lick granuloma

Lick granulomas are moist, fleshy pink sores usually on a dog's legs. They are caused by excessive licking at the site and are frequently caused by an underlying disease that needs to be properly diagnosed and treated. If you suspect