Dog Eczema – What Pet Owners Should Know

Dog eczema is the particular type of eczema that only affects dogs. It’s not contagious but you still have to take it seriously because if you don’t, it will get worse. Allowing your dog’s eczema to get worse only means that you’re making it more difficult to manage.

What Is Dog Eczema?

Dog eczema is a chronic skin condition in dogs resulting in heightened sensitivity to skin irritation. Their heightened sensitivity to skin irritation makes their skin more prone to getting easily irritated. When skin irritation takes place, dog eczema causes rashes to appear.

The dog rashes that appear with dog eczema are no typical rashes. It’s not easy to get rid of them compared to rashes occurring from a typical skin irritation. Another characteristic of dog eczema is that since it is chronic, it constantly recurs. Thus, every time your dog’s eczema is triggered – usually by the same triggering factors – his dog rashes will reappear.

Dog eczema isn’t contagious. So if you have more than one dog in your house and one of your dogs has the condition, there is no need to worry about your other dogs getting it. If more than one dog in your house do show signs of dog eczema, it’s probably because they had a genetic predisposition to the condition and it’s even possible that the same factors triggered their eczema – although this might not always be the case.

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Dog Eczema?

It’s easy to tell if your dog has dog eczema. You just have to be observant of your dog. Among the first signs of dog eczema are constant scratching and hair loss. The hair loss tends to be “patchy,” appearing on one or several parts of his body. These bald patches are also irritating and itchy, causing your dog to scratch them with their paws, nibble on them, or lick them. This phase of dog eczema is otherwise known as “dry dog eczema”.

Dry dog eczema is characterized by the presence of dry rashes on your dog’s skin. These dry rashes can be easily spotted on their bald spots.

When you fail to be observant of your dog, dry dog eczema may progress into wet dog eczema. At this stage of your dog’s eczema, his condition has gotten worse. Signs of wet dog eczema include dog rashes that ooze or bleed. A closer look at these oozing or bleeding rashes will reveal that the skin in the area looks much thicker compared to the skin on other areas of his body.

What’s Causing My Dog’s Eczema?

I really can’t tell you what’s causing your dog’s eczema. It’s something that you have to figure out on your own because every dog with dog eczema has different triggering factors. I can, however, give you an idea of what may be causing your dog’s eczema.

The triggering factors of dog eczema may be internal or external. Internal triggers of dog eczema include the ingestion of food your dog is allergic to or certain ingredients found in his dog food. External triggers of dog eczema may be anything that irritates your dog’s skin upon contact. It can be pollen from certain plants, the new rug that you bought, your newly installed carpet, the grass or weeds growing in your garden, the shampoo you use on him, or detergent that accidentally got on his skin.

Is Dog Eczema Preventable?

Yes. You can prevent dog eczema.

How Do I Prevent My Dog’s Eczema?

To prevent your dog’s eczema, you’ll have to identify what’s triggering it in the first place. After you’ve properly identified what’s triggering your dog’s eczema, you can keep him away from them and in turn prevent his eczema from flaring up.

Can Dog Eczema Be Treated?

Dog eczema can’t be treated permanently. There is no permanent cure to it since it is a chronic skin condition. However, you can treat it symptoms-wise. This means that each time your dog shows signs of dog eczema, you can at least provide him relief by getting rid of the rashes and the itching that comes with them.

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