Dog Skin Problems: Ailment Types & Help Options
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Dog Skin Problems, Infections, or Conditions are far too common in today’s domesticated dog world. In fact, the whole situation is completely out of control. These issues now represent the number one canine health issue that veterinarians – and NZYMES® – deal with these days. There are supposedly over 150 different “official diagnoses” of among the classifications of skin disorders in dogs. And the growing veterinary community often classifies all of these dog skin problems into a pair of categories, curable and non-curable. At NZYMES, we find all this amazing, since NZYMES – having existed only since 1999 – finds that the BULK of these issues, with their ‘wide variety of names’ tend to fall into one main realm. That realm is all about a digestive system knocked completely out of balance. Better yet, NZYMES has been really busy over all those years – actually RESOLVING these issues, rather than perpetuating the problem year after year. See here – EXAMPLES OF A WIDE VARIETY OF DOG SKIN PROBLEM CASES – FROM MINOR TO HORRIBLE.
Because of that huge variety of different possibilities, trying to identify the root of a dog’s skin problem can be highly difficult and is likely to preoccupy veterinarian efforts. Wherein, finding any actual ‘solution’ is actually the real challenge. Unfortunate for the dog owner, a trip to the vet’s office will likely end with a drug prescription that seeks to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms – leaving the real reason for the skin issue undiscovered, while offered ‘treatments’ are meant mainly to shut down immune capabilities. It’s an all too familiar cycle for pup parents who end up with this problem: the drugs help for a time, but as soon as the drugs wear off, the issues return; almost immediately, and sometimes worse than before. It can be a very frustrating situation for you, your dog and your vet.
Signs of Dog Skin Problems
The most common symptoms of dog skin problems include severe itching, red skin, sores and hair loss. Unfortunately, these are common signs in nearly all 150 identified skin problems in dogs. Wart like bumps, blackened skin, hot spots, elephant skin and greasy skin are just a few more signs of skin problems in dogs. You and your vet will want to take the time to look beyond these common signs in order to find and treat the base problem accurately. The more accurate the diagnosis, the more effective the treatment can be… but that’s the problem, finding an accurate diagnosis.
Main Types of Dog Skin Problems
While there are a dizzying amount of skin issues out there, I’d like to explore a few common problems. If the symptoms of itching, inflamed red skin, sores and hair loss are coupled with frequent ear infections and/or a corn chip odor, the underlying problem is often an overgrowth of systemic yeast in the gut (called Candida). However, sometimes yeast will only surface in warmer seasons, and only as severe paw licking… but some cases of yeast manifest year round and are so severe the dog is almost unrecognizable under his sores and hot spots. The variety of symptoms makes Candida yeast an especially difficult diagnosis. Some veterinarians will run tests to detect yeast, but many of the results will also come back as a false negative depending on where the yeast is surfacing in the body. This just makes everything more complicated. The presence of yeast overgrowth is directly rooted in a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, this issue has no quick fix and must be approached nutritionally (not prescription medications) – from the inside out… which will have the same effect on the yeast. It will be pushed from the inside, out.
If the hair loss on your dog is symmetrical (meaning there is a patch of hair missing over the left leg that is identically missing above the right leg as well), if his coat is thin and the skin is flakey, It is recommended that you have a complete baseline thyroid test done. This is called Thyroid Profile 5 Plus. Up to 70% of dogs with a thyroid problem will also suffer from a yeast issue mainly because most every dog with a thyroid problem will have a weakened immune system. This diagnoses demonstrates just how difficult and overlapping skin issues can be to properly identify and treat.
Mange is a bit easier to pin point. It is a disease caused by tiny ‘mites’ or parasites. These mites embed themselves into the skin of the dog and cause bald spots, scabbing, hair loss and ugly sores. There are two types of mange that may look alike by their symptoms but are very different. One is caused by an ugly critter that can jump on you or your dog (called sarcoptic mange). It is an awful intruder and requires an intense effort to exterminate this invader from your dog and your home. The other is actually a mite that naturally inhabits your dog’s skin (called demodectic mange) – yet if your dog’s immune system is weak or compromised, this mite can run rampant and cause a lot of trouble. You will want to have your dog tested to see if your dog’s skin problems are due to this disease. It’s also a good idea to do some of your own research on treatment options. Many of the drugs or dips used to treat mange use powerful chemicals that have powerful side-effect such as tremors and vomiting. Depending on the severity of the mange infestations, many natural remedies may do the trick without causing additional discomfort to your fur babe.
Other common skin issues are directly related to a lack of nutrition. Shedding is a big one. It’s normal to notice some shedding occasionally – dogs naturally shed their coat twice a year – It’s not normal to deal with excessive, year in, year out shedding. This is a big indication to take a look at your dog’s diet – the condition of his hair follicles are directly related to nutrition. Here, it’s important to understand a bit about how current laws impact the list of ingredients in your dog’s favorite kibble or can food. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to realize that happy TV commercials, big marketing ads or even the big brand at your vet’s office, are more concerned about their shareholders than they are about your dog – or any happy, healthy dog for that matter. Take the time to see what kinds of food, canine nutritionists recommend – they have decades of research to share and don’t make a dime off the brands that pass their test.
Reasons for Dog Skin Problems
Whether it’s creepy mites, Candida yeast or crummy kibble, a common denominator with most skin problems dogs experience is a weak or under-performing immune system. Keeping your dog’s immune system strong and in optimal shape can save much heartache and money in the long run – and the right kind of nutritional support is key to maintaining immunity health.
But nutrition isn’t the only factor… emotional health also impacts the body’s health and defense systems. Feeling loved, staying active, being secure – these things are as essential for our dogs they are for us. Put simply, our dogs require love, a nutritious diet and consistent exercise. These are the simple cornerstones of a healthy, happy life.
And the proof is in the picture. This is the same dog with just three months of the right amount of love and special nutritional support.