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5 Common Skin Problems In Dogs/ Cats

Skin problems are the major problem that our adorable pets face and even when they are in front of us we sometimes are not able to notice and acknowledge the condition of our beloved furry friend. There are high chances in dogs to get a skin disease but if necessary actions at the right time have been taken then there is nothing to be concerned about.


Alopecia is a hair loss condition when it fails to grow at a normal pace, or when there is a complete or partial absence of hair over the pet’s body. Its causes are Parasites, Bacterial Infections, Fungal Infections, Poor Nutrition and many more.

Symptoms of Alopecia are:

  • Redness or red spots in skin

  • Pimples on skin malodorous

  • Inflamed skin


Parasites are very unpleasant for dogs/cats. It is the most common disease that causes itching and discomfort. Parasites like Mites, Flies, Fleas, Lice on pets skin or ears can send them into a scratching frenzy leading to skin irritation and serious skin problems. These parasites may also be carriers of diseases that can affect dogs as well as humans.

Symptoms of parasites are:

  • Intense itching and hair loss

  • Redness on skin

  • Bite Wounds

  • Skin sores

  • Bumps on the skin

Yeast Infection

Yeast infection can discomfort our pets. It is extremely itchy and smells bad too. Numerous dogs suffer from ear complaints, but it can also occur around the anal area, along armpits and as well as around the neck. It can also show us the behavioral changes such as depression, weight loss, anxiety and aggression.

Symptoms of yeast Infection are

  • Redness

  • Itchiness

  • Flaky skin

  • Thickening and hardening of the skin

  • A musty smell

  • Loss of hair

If you notice some of these symptoms in your beloved pets then you should take them to the vet as a matter of urgency. Different things can cause it, and it’s important for your veterinarian to work out why your dog has developed this infection as well as treat it.


Pyoderma is a bacterial infection that occurs on the skin of adult dogs and puppies. It is a superficial bacterial infection that affects hair follicles and the surrounding skin. Dogs are at increased risk for pyoderma due to many features of their skin because dog’s skin has a thinner outer barrier and possesses a higher pH than many other species, making it easier for normal bacteria living on the skin to overgrow and for other bacteria to invade.

Symptoms of Pyoderma are

  • Furunculosis

  • Acne

  • Bad-smelling skin

  • Callus pyoderma

  • Fever and inflammation

Lick Granuloma

It is normal for dogs to lick themselves but when they constantly licks an area of their skin such as paws and lower legs, they can create a bald, red and often thickened patch of skin that we call a lick granuloma. After excessive licking and chewing, it results in damaging their own skin and it changes their skin in such a way that the patient cannot stop licking. Lick Granuloma majorly associated with itchy skin conditions.

Symptoms of Lick Granuloma are

  • A thickened layer of skin around a lesion or sore

  • Raised Sores

  • Hyperpigmentation

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