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Monday-Friday: 5:30PM-7:00AM
Weekend: Saturday Noon -
     7:00AM Monday morning
Holidays:
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Pet Emergency: What to Do

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Call (727) 786-5755
  3. Be prepared with info:
    • Type/Breed
    • Details of problem
    • Any changes
  4. Be aware. Pets may bite if ill or injured.

Location

30610 US Highway 19 N,
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

One block north of Curlew Road on the west side Please call ahead for advice and so we can prepare your arrival.

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Common Skin Conditions in Dogs and their Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Remedies

Just like most humans, dogs can experience topical allergic reactions and skin infections. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to tell us exactly what’s bothering them and where. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with your dog’s usual behaviors and habits. And, when something seems off, you should make sure to quickly have the condition diagnosed and treated.

Though, it’s not always that easy. When you’re in a pinch, or just want to have a general idea of what’s going on with your beloved pet, use this guide as a quick reference to help you get to the bottom of the most common skin conditions and infections your dog might experience.

Dry Skin:

In dogs, dry skin can cause itching, flaking skin, a dull coat, and plenty of discomfort. This condition is one of the hardest to get to the bottom of, since there are many factors that can contribute to it.

First, are you taking proper care of your dog’s coat? Using quality shampoo and bathing them regularly are essential for helping your dog maintain a healthy coat and skin. And, if you’re not already doing this, it may be a quick and easy solution to your dog’s skin problems.

Some breeds, like Poodles and Wheaton Terriers, need to be groomed regularly to get rid of dead skin and fur. Even if your pet seems to have manageable fur, an occasional trip to the groomer may be just what they need to solve their dry skin problems.

You should also consider the environmental conditions the animal lives in, their diet, and if they’ve undergone any recent surgery. And, to rule out any underlying conditions that could contribute to your pets skin problems, you should consult your vet. Have them check for conditions like a yeast or bacterial infection, allergic reactions, dandruff, or mange.

Yeast Infection:

If your dog is mostly scratching at his ears and gnawing on his paws, a yeast infection may be to blame. This type of infection is generally more prevalent in warmer months, when weather is hotter and more humid, and frequently gets mistaken for allergies.

This condition can be treated in two ways: topically with anti-fungal shampoos, dips, and sprays; or, by incorporating probiotics into their diet to correct an intestinal imbalance. If you want to go a more natural route, you can try giving your dog apple cider vinegar or Omega-3 Fatty Acids to supplement their diet.

Though, when it comes to yeast infections in your dog’s ears, the above methods don’t apply. Sprays and dips won’t work because the area is much more sensitive. In this case, you should take a trip to your vet for some anti-fungal ear drops.

Dandruff:

Also referred to as Seborrhea, dandruff in dogs causes dry, flaky skin. But, that’s not the only symptom. This condition also causes constant scratching, and may result in thinning fur or bald patches. Additionally, your dog may be dealing with scabs, bumps, or pimples on their skin. Though these symptoms aren’t very common and won’t occur in every case. And depending on your dog’s breed, they might be at risk of developing one of two types of dandruff: dry or oily.

Oily dandruff is common in Basset Hounds, Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Sharp-Peis, and West Highland White Terriers. Breeds prone to dry dandruff include Dachshunds, Dobermans, German Shepherds, and Irish Setters.

In any case, attempting to treat your pet’s skin condition at home may not be the best choice. If you don’t see results after a few days, or feel like your dog is suffering, make sure to bring them to the vet as soon as possible. No matter how severe their case might be, immediate treatment will result in faster relief.

Evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, call Animal Emergency + Urgent Care at 727-786-5755.

The information provided on this site is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace professional care from your veterinarian.