Dog dermatitis is usually a blanket term used to denote all skin ailments and problems in dogs. In general, dog dermatitis is used to refer to all the different kind of skin diseases—both inflammatory and non-inflammatory—which affect dogs from time to time.
One of the most obvious signs of dog dermatitis is persistent itching.
Although a nonspecific sign of dermatitis, itching is usually present in almost all skin conditions that a dog may suffer from. Some of the most common causes of dog dermatitis are food allergies, sun burn, bacterial and fungal infections, metabolic and endocrine disorders, drug reactions, contact with substances that may cause irritations, and nutritional deficiencies. Contact dermatitis may also be caused due to ticks and fleas, which bite the dogs and suck their blood.
Also, some skin irritations may be formed due to cancers and tumors. However, it is unclear whether these can be categorized as dog dermatitis.
Dog dermatitis symptoms largely depend on the causal factors of the dermatitis. However, there are some symptoms like appearance of sores and blisters, loss of skin in patches, persistent scratching, redness and inflammation of the skin, rough and scaly skin and finally, and oozing and crusting, which are some of the more common ones.
Dog dermatitis treatment can follow two approaches. One is treatment by means of medications and the other is dog dermatitis natural treatment. A dog dermatitis home remedy is often considered better than medications since there are no side effects associated with medications. One of the most common and effective home remedies for dog dermatitis is the application of the aloe vera gel. Simply pluck an aloe vera leaf, break it and use the gel inside it to apply on the affected areas of the skin of the dog. This can help in soothing the skin.
However, since dog dermatitis is usually associated with allergies and other irritants, it is better to take the dog to a doctor and get it tested for any possible allergies. Even though natural approaches to allergies may be more suitable, it is best to have the veterinarian have a look at the animal so that if there is need for any medical intervention, the dog may get the relevant treatment before it is too late. Once the doctor has been able to diagnose the cause of the skin condition, you can finally choose between traditional and natural treatments and medicinal treatments.