Dermatology

At Tudor House, dog skin conditions are one of the main causes of treatment at our clinics. Skin issues can cause significant discomfort for your pet, from itching to soreness. Skin problems in dogs are more prevalent in the warmer seasons, where seasonal allergies and other allergic symptoms are more likely. It’s important to pay attention to any skin conditions your dog suffers from, as they can indicate an underlying health condition that hasn’t already been diagnosed.

Dogs can suffer from mild to severe skin conditions, many of which require professional treatment to resolve and keep from getting worse. In fact, when a skin disease is left untreated for a while, the condition can often become complicated and significantly more serious. For example, an allergic reaction may become secondarily infected with bacteria, or a bacterial infection may also become infected with yeast. Some of the most common skin disorders in dogs include bacterial skin infections, environmental allergies and parasite allergies.

Symptoms

  • Itchiness
  • Reddened skin
  • Pustules
  • Crusted skin
  • Small, raised lesions
  • Loss of hair (alopecia)
  • Dried discharge
  • Inflammation or discharge from the ears
  • Excessive licking
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea and weight loss

Causes

Pyoderma often has an underlying cause like allergies or hypothyroidism, among other possibilities, your pet may then bite or scratch at that area, which damages the skin and leaves it open for a pyoderma infection to form. While this skin infection can occur in any breed, there are a few types that are predisposed to developing pyoderma including: Bulldogs, Mastiffs, French Bulldog, Sharpies and many other breeds with excess skin.

Treatment

Since pyoderma could be a bacterial infection, treatment of most types of pyoderma requires a course of antibiotics, however due to pyoderma typically being a secondary infection, it is important that we determine the root cause of the problem.


Allergic Skin Disease

Skin disease is one of the most common complaints we receive. The skin is the largest organ in the body and unlike other internal organs this organ can be visualised. There are a number of different types of skin disease, luckily, we are equipped with a full in house idexx laboratory which enables us to diagnose and treat immediately.

Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Red Papules
  • Red raised area of skin and/or scratch marks
  • A moist yellow discharge on the skin
  • Yellow pustules (Infected Spots)

Causes

There is a huge factor that could cause allergic skin disease such as,

  • Flea Allergies
  • Food Allergies
  • Pollen Allergies
  • Food Mites and Mould Allergies
  • Immune System Disease

Treatment

The treatment will very much depend on the root cause of the symptoms, your vet may suggest some of the following methods of treatment.

  • Antiseptic or Antifungal Wash
  • Antibiotics
  • Change of diet
  • Tick or Flea Treatment
  • Steroids

Alopecia and Hair Follicle Diseases

Alopecia or hair loss in pets is caused by diseases and conditions that affect the health of your pet’s coat, from the skin down to the hair follicles. There are over fifty known conditions that can cause hair loss in pets, so its vital that we determine which one is causing the alopecia, so as we can create an effective treatment plan.

Symptoms

  • Noticeable hair loss
  • Skin changes such as redness, dry skin, inflammation
  • Irritation of the skin; scratching, biting, licking or chewing of their skin

Causes

There is a huge factor that could cause allergic skin disease such as,

  • Parasitic
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Hormonal and Endocrine Imbalances
  • Bacterial or Fungal Infections
  • One of the most common origins of hair loss in pets can be mange