Skin Conditions and Your Dog

Posted on October 16 2013

Did you know that your dog’s skin is an indication of their overall health? The sound of a dog constantly scratching or licking can be as irritating as nails on a chalkboard, but don’t be so quick to blame your pooch. These bad – often annoying - habits could be the result of a skin condition.

When skin problems occur in a dog, the common response is excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking. Although many dogs around this time of year tend to itch a lot, there could be a wide range of causes other than allergies that are causing your dog’s excessive scratching.

Allergic Dermatitis

Yes, dogs can get allergies. Dog’s can have an allergic reaction from everything from grooming products or food, to environmental irritants, such as pollen or insect bites.

Yeast Infection

If your dog just can’t seem to stop scratching an ear or licking their toes, ask your vet to check for a yeast infection. Symptoms may include irritated, itchy or even discolored skin.


This type of skin condition causes a dog’s skin to become greasy and develop dandruff. In most cases, it can be genetic and even last a lifetime.

Shedding or Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Some breeds shed more than others, but the normal amount for your dog depends on the breed, time of year and environment. Other factors can include stress, poor nutrition or an illness.


If you are a pet owner, we wouldn’t be surprised if you said fleas are your arch nemesis. Although you may not see the tiny little irritants right away, flea droppings or eggs are usually visible in the dog’s coat. This is a common cause of scratching or biting and if left untreated, the dog can damage their skin while trying to relieve the itch.

In addition to a wide variety of medical supplies, Mountainside Medical carries a variety of pet care products as well as pet first aid kits! Start browsing our online store for your furry friend today!


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