The only good thing about skin conditions is that they are often very easy to spot. Here are some of the tell-tale signs that your dog has a skin problem that needs urgent attention.
This is one of the vaguest signs of skin issues as it occurs in pretty much all of them as well as in perfectly healthy dogs. However, if you notice an increase in itchiness in terms of frequency and intensity then something is wrong.
Hives and rashes
Hives and rashes occur everywhere from thighs to the belly area and are common in cases of allergic dermatitis and pest infestations.
Skin flakes on the coat
Dry and flaky skin on dogs typically manifests as dandruff on the fur. On closer inspection, you may notice dryness and even cracks on the actual skin under all the fur cover.
Open skin sores
Open skin sores may be a result of excessive scratching with long claws. However, it could also be as a result of skin conditions in which case issues like skin infection, pest infestation and some tumors are the most common causes.
Sometimes, you will not notice the sores until they appear as scabs. This is often a sign of a healing skin condition but should still be monitored as itching usually intensifies in this stage.
New growths appear as small skin tags and may or may not grow with time. If you notice something unusual, keep an eye on it and be sure to report it to your vet on the next visit in case it is a tumor.
Dermatitis in dogs more often than not looks like red skin that may or may not be inflamed. It is also a sign of irritation from other skin issues including infections and pests.
Fur loss in dogs may happen in localized clumps or all over. It is a complication of almost all skin conditions when the skin health deteriorates to the point of not being able to support a healthy coat.
Bumps are commonly associated with mites. This is because they tend to burrow under the skin leaving their eggs there and causing localized inflammatory reactions.