Dog Health: Dermatitis

Dog | Dermatitis

An Introduction to Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a general term used to describe a skin condition.  There are MANY different conditions in the dog that lead to dermatitis.  Please see our posts on:

• Atopy

• Allergies

• Ear Infections

• Fleas

• Hotspots

• Skin Tumours.

Your Veterinarian will be able to help your determine why your dog has dermatitis and what is the cause.

Erin Coomer - Veterinarian

November 2013

Causes of Dermatitis

There are many different causes of dermatitis in the dog.  These are some of the more common ones:

• Allergies (inhaled or contact or seasonal or food)

• Seasonal conditions

• Parasites (eg.  Mange mites or fleas)

• Insect bites

• Skin cancers

• Sunburn

• Infections

• Trauma

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Symptoms of Dermatitis

Some of the more common symptoms of dermatitis are:

• Skin sores

• Hair loss

• Itchy

• Lumps

• Scabs

• Lethargic

The area of affected skin may be small (eg.  The size of a small coin) or may involve almost all of your dogs body. 

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Treatment of Dermatitis

If you are concerned or if your dog seems bothered or unwell see your Veterinarian.

Vets deal with dermatitis issues everyday.  They will be able to make a diagnosis after examining your pet.  Diagnostic tests may be recommended (eg.  Skin scrapes or biopsies).


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