How to deal with dog skin diseases?
We all love our dogs, but they are living beings as much as we are so they may get sick and then we are the ones that must deal with the issues regarding their sickness. Dog health is not to be taken lightly. There are many different dog skin diseases and not everyone knows about all of them, that is why this article covers some of them and explains ways of fighting them effectively.
You can try to diagnose your dog’s affliction yourself using symptoms as a basis, but it is highly recommended to go see a veterinarian. A specialist can assign the right diagnosis to your dog and help you with obtaining the right medication. Never however should you be 100% sure of your own diagnosis as you are not trained to handle such tasks.
Some of dog skin diseases a pet may have are of the immunological background. When the immune system fails in some way, the reaction of a dog’s body could be a rash or atopy, which is often mistaken for a food allergy. The itch that dogs feel when sick makes them rub their skin, which causes irritation and wounding. Because of that animals that suffer from these diseases need to wear an Elizabethan collar to let the wounds heal.
While they are not exactly dog skin diseases they aremoderately related to them, these two fall close to each other on dog health spectrum. Sometimes dogs lick or bite on themselves, which makes their skin prone to irritation and infection. Dogs may carry dangerous bacteria in their mouths and putting them directly on their skin is going to spark an infection that results in wounding. Mechanical injuries also require an Elizabethan collar, as further licking and rubbing will only worsen the state of a dog’s skin.
Sometimes the affliction is transferred through genes, which makes it incurable as the disease itself is just an abnormal skin. Such cases are very hard to take care of, because the treatment may include operations and then rehabilitation, yet the results may never be fully satisfying, hence incurableness. The best thing to do in such a case is showing as much love as it is possible to your pet and remembering to always take its health into consideration when making decisions about anything remotely connected to it. Some genetic disorders can however be minimized, in this case a consultation with a veterinarian is advised, as it is better to reduce all the possible negative effects of a genetic affliction a dog can be subjected to, than just letting it linger as long as it does not bother an owner too much.
Preventing long term consequences
Dog health is very important and keeping your dog’s skin healthy can be easy, if you remember a few things. For starters try to periodically wash your dog, give it a shower preferably using special dog shampoo. If your dog seems to be itchy search for skin abnormalities on its body, in case you find any – contact a veterinarian to have it treated.
Diet plays an enormous role in your pet’s life and so you should always remember to make sure that it gets all the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy skin. First off let’s discuss omega acids, omega acids 3 and 6 are vital in most mammals’ organisms and it is no different for a dog. Dog health is heavily dependent on nutrients and vitamins. The latter are next to omega acids most important when it comes to dog skin diseases. Vitamins A, B2, B7 and C found in most food products work wonders in terms of skin health. Incorporating them into your dog’s diet will surely prove beneficial. Lastly minerals are to be considered as a part of your pet’s everyday meal. Zinc, copper and selenium are the main minerals responsible for your dog’s skin.
Never wait too long
Animals deserve all the care they can get, so do not hesitate to seek help if your dog is in pain or has a long-lasting visible skin changes. Veterinarians are prepared to act whenever there is a need to do so. One call can be the line between your pet’s life and death. Some skin diseases tend to leave permanent marks on an animal’s body, those can be just unaesthetic, but sometimes they will cause pain or discomfort. Either way it is not recommended to just let those appear and immediate action should be taken in case of any worrying symptoms.
All in all dogs are extremely important to us and so should be their well-being. Because of that keeping to the right diet and hygiene routine is absolutely mandatory when owning a pet. In most cases it is obvious that your pet is not feeling good. If a dog exhibits any abnormal symptoms, again, you should consider contacting a professional, it could be harmless, but it may as well be life-threatening and you would never know what really happened if you had not contacted a veterinarian. Have you ever experienced a dangerous sickness of your pet? Did it end well? I sincerely do hope it did.