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Dogs just, like their human parents, can get some different skin conditions. A dog parent has to be aware of these common skin conditions in dogs, so they know how to treat them. As a professional pet sitter and dog walker, we have experience with these conditions. We decided to put together this simple guide.

Pests

These critters will cause your dog to itch. They aggravate a condition called dermatitis which can lead to an allergic reaction in some dogs. Mites are another common pest that can bother your dog. These pets can cause itching and allergic reactions just like fleas. Some dogs may even lose their hair or develop bald spots on their body.

Hormonal Imbalance

These are other common skin conditions in dogs. Hypothyroidism, skin disease and cancer can cause skin disorders. A dog may get lesions on the skin, and the parent may notice a skin growth on their dog. This is a sign that there could be something wrong and your pet should be taken to the vet right away.

Shedding

As a pet parent, you must monitor the amount that your dog sheds. Excessive shedding can be a sign that there is something wrong. The hair may be falling out which can be the sign of another health problem. If the hair is falling out and causing baldness, it can be a sign of cancer, skin disease, ringworm, and some other health conditions. While certain breeds of dogs are going to shed more than others, a dog should not be shedding to the point that it has bald patches. If there are bald patches along with the shedding you should have your dog brought to the vet for an exam.

These are some common skin conditions in dogs. The owners, pet sitter, as well as the dog walker, should check the dog often to make sure there are no noticeable abrasions or changes on the dog’s skin. If something is noticed the dog should be taken to the vet for a full exam.

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