Squash the itch: Dog skin rash treatment starts with exceptional diagnostics at our Jacksonville, FL office
Our veterinarians at San Marco Animal Hospital are passionate about preventing and managing your pup’s skin conditions. So, you’ve come to the right place for effective dog skin rash treatment in Jacksonville, FL.
- Dr. Sri’s professional interests include dermatology.
- Likewise, Dr. Gutta has developed a special interest in skin issues, with focused knowledge and a passion for two areas that are often related to skin issues, such as rashes: nutrition and wellness exams.
- Dr. Gillen has conducted extensive research into canine atopic dermatitis and leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection linked to cutaneous (skin) reactions.
Dermatitis refers to a rash. Some of the most common forms of dermatitis include atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact or allergic dermatitis. Environmental antigens such as pollens, molds, and dust mites may be to blame for atopic dermatitis. It’s a common problem among dogs, with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology reporting that terrier breeds are particularly prone to this condition. As a chronic skin disease, it can be managed but not necessarily “cured.”
Allergic skin diseases also tend to mimic other types of dermatological conditions, such as ringworm and parasitic mange. So, it’s important to visit professionals with advanced diagnostics and knowledge of skin diseases in canines to pinpoint the true nature of your dog’s itchy, irritated rash.
Just like with people, skin-related changes such as rashes can be tied to underlying conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases like discoid lupus erythematosus. Again, it is important to get to the bottom of what is manifesting as a skin problem. Accurate diagnoses lead to effective treatment, relief for your pet, and an enhanced quality of life that helps to avoid further skin complications and systemic issues, depending on the nature of the problem.
The American Kennel Club reports that around 95% to 98% of cases of itchy, irritated skin fall into one of five categories:
- Allergic reactions to environmental proteins such as pollens
- Allergies to foods
- Hypersensitivities or reactions to parasites
- Malassezia dermatitis, which is the medical way of referring to yeast infections
- Staphylococcal pyoderma, which are infections that are bacterial in nature
Depending on the source of the itch, our vets may recommend any one or combination of the following remedies or treatments:
- Avoidance of identified allergens; common canine allergens include beef, dairy, wheat; fleas; airborne dust, mold, pollen; grasses and ragweed; perfumes, dust and dust mites, and cleaning products
- Antimicrobial shampoos to reduce flares and minimize secondary infections
- Implement, adjust, or enhance flea control
- Management of internal diseases
- Topical therapies
- Use of products that contain antifungal ingredients
Seemingly commonplace conditions like dermatitis have many potential causes and potentially far-reaching consequences for your pet. Contact 904-516-9767 to schedule an appointment or stop by. We’ll get your pup feeling better in no time!