A vast majority of all dogs have a coat of fur as a natural defence mechanism against irritants. However, there are times when this first defence allows some irritants to pass through and attack the skin. When this happens, you may notice the dog scratching more than normal, rolling on the ground more than usual, biting at his skin and maybe even chasing his tail. Upon a closer examination, you may also realize there may be small bumps, redness, puffiness, lacerations, blisters or pus oozing from the area. These are all definite signs of infection and should be treated immediately.
The type of Dog Skin Infection Treatment that may be necessary for your canine will depend on the type of infection your dog has acquired. However, the first step of determining the type of infection is to recall if you there have been any changes in the dog: diet, routine, shampoo or dog friends. Abruptly changing the diet of a dog could cause the digestion tract to release hormones and bacteria to get rid of the intruding substance. This in turn could have adverse effects on the outer appearance of the dog and cause irritation. If the dog has played in a new area infested with pests, unknowingly, these pests (examples: ticks, worms or fleas) may have attacked the dog skin and possibly laid eggs causing infection. The ingredients in shampoo can vary from being all natural to chemically enhanced and maybe too strong for the type of dog you have.
After you have determined the type of infection your dog may be experiencing, you can try an at-home Dog Skin Infection Treatment to relieve your dog’s discomfort. First, you can use an all-natural dog shampoo and thoroughly shampoo your dog with lukewarm water. Monitor your dog for twenty-four hours and watch for scratching. If you still notice scratching, examine the skin and look for pests attached to the skin and in the hair. If you find any, purchase a flea and tick remover (usually it is in liquid form) and apply to the infected area to get rid of the pests. However, if no pests are found and the dog skin is still irritated, you should take your dog to the Veterinarian to test your dog for allergies and other factors that may be affecting him. He may have to be treated with oral medicine, an injection or topical medication.