How to treat skin rashes in dogs?

Most breeds of dog are prone to skin allergies and skin rashes despite our best efforts to keep them clean and hygienic. There are several skin diseases that dogs can suffer from but because of their thick coats, it takes longer for the skin infection to become visible and thus more difficult to diagnose the skin problem immediately.

Skin rashes in dogs – very much like in humans – can be very itchy and demanding constant scratching. Dogs do experience a lot of discomfort and keep scratching, licking and biting the rashes area of the skin. If dog rashes are not expeditiously treated, they can lead to complications that will not only cost you more but the agony of your dog will also be prolonged.

Treating dog rashes is quite often tricky as most dog owners are unaware what dog rashes look like and some owners just treat them superficially. Treating the rashes less seriously will be of no help and it may even further aggravate skin infection.

You should ascertain the real cause of the dog rashes before you treat them.  Whenever you are in doubt, it is safer that you take the dog to your vet for a thorough examination and drug prescription.

There can be a variety of reasons why dog rashes occur. One of the most common causes of a dog rash is allergy. As is known to many, allergies may result from different allergen sources and you need to know what your dog is allergic to.

Yet another reason for dog rashes is Flea bites. It is known that fleas ubiquitously present and the only way to prevent your dog from flea-bite skin rashes is to get rid of fleas by using OTC products that kill fleas. However, make sure that the product is safe for the dogs – or else it can lead to respiratory problems. Dogs can also be infected with different kinds of skin rashes including papulonodular dermatosis, ringworm and mange. The easiest way to diagnose papulonodular dermatosis is by visually checking the changes in the skin.

Ringworm is a common skin disease caused by excessive fungus on the skin. Ringworm can lie dormant in the body for prolonged periods so it’s important to continue treatment religiously to avoid re-infection.

When a dog has mange, the affected area becomes very itchy and terribly uncomfortable – but there are some very effective treatments to provide immediate relief.

Of course, there are some natural treatments for dog skin rashes that can minimize the itchiness and lessen the rashes. But you should be sure about the causes of the dog rashes before you treat your dog so that the skin rashes do not worsen. Remember that if you are unsure, it is preferable that you consult a veterinarian so that he can prescribe the right medicines to treat your dog.

As regards natural treatments for dog rashes, you can use aloe-vera, oatmeal, and tea tree oil. These ingredients are usually found in dog shampoos.  You might consider trying to change your dog shampoo and replace it with shampoo that has these ingredients. Tea tree oil is ideal for quickening the healing process of dog rashes.

Dog rashes that are caused by allergies can be cured by using antihistamines, steroid treatments, and immunotherapy. You can your veterinarian regarding the products you can use to prevent/ arrest the allergies.

A dog skin rash may also respond positively when you supplement the diet with omega-3 fatty acids or giving corticosteroids.